Cider, being both delicious and gluten free, has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade and can now be found on shelves in local liquor licensed businesses. However, nothing beats tasting and purchasing these ciders at the source. South Georgian Bay is the apple capital of Ontario, with a unique micro-climate that fosters excellent growth of various fruits and production of delicious beverages!
There is something amazing about sampling a cider right next to the field that the apples came from. Locals and visitors alike will agree that a beautiful fall Saturday is best spent touring the local cideries! Such a tour can be done yourself and customized to your schedule, or organized for you by local tour operators (Blue Mountain and Collingwood Adventure Tours or The Beer Bus) that provide transportation and leadership.
Thornbury Village Cider & Brew House – Produces award-winning, premium quality, Ontario craft ciders and beer. Since 2006, the historic facility has been nestled in the famous Blue Mountains in the midst of 7,500 acres of apple orchards yet walking distance from downtown Thornbury. With new innovations released throughout the year, there is always something new on tap to taste!
Duntroon Cyder House – At Duntroon Cyder House they produce classic English style amber coloured, crisp, off-dry, ciders that are easy to drink and are styled for sharing and enjoying with friends at home, the cottage or pubs. Crafted from their hand-picked Duntroon parish heritage apples, slow fermented and blended. They use “Y” in cider spelling to imply classic English cyder. Stop in and see them at their bottling cottage located on their 100 acre organic farm in Clearview overlooking Georgian Bay.
Spy Cider House and Distillery – Spy Cider House and Distillery, in Clarksburg, is on an unwavering mission to create a reputation for excellence, precision and intrigue. Passionate to the core, their ciders and spirits at Spy Cider House and Distillery pay tribute to the Blue Mountains by insisting on a philosophy of excellence that can only be expressed through the local fruit. With a brilliant team of operatives in place – all with a respect for the land and a wealth of relevant experience – Spy’s collective goal is to create unique and flavourful ciders and spirits that delight the palate and pay homage to the region and its denizens while treating the process of cider and spirit making with the same refinement and passion that goes into wine making.
Grey and Gold Cider Company – Grey & Gold Cider Company in Grey County is proud to be a part of the re-birth of cider making in Ontario. Cider is a wonderful drink with an incredible tradition. They are a sustainable, farm-based cidery in the heart of Grey County apple country. They invite you to visit their bottle shop to taste their unique variety of ciders and take home a bottle or growler. From their farm to your glass.
Coffin Ridge Coffin Ridge Winery is a boutique winery overlooking Georgian Bay that produces high quality, small batch wine and cider made primarily from hand-planted, hand-picked fruits. Enjoy a tasting and retreat to the deck with a plate of local artisanal breads and cheeses.
Planning to visit South Georgian Bay in the near future? Please contact individual businesses to confirm method and hours of operation and plan ahead by making reservations when possible. Visit our “Know Before You Go” page by clicking here.