13 May Introducing “Batlow Road Cider”
We hope you enjoy the goodness of Batlow Road Cider, hand made at Wilgro orchard using our own apples. Our traditional process is totally natural. Wild yeasts on our apples convert the sugar in apple juice into alcohol, without any preservatives, additives or carbonation. Our ciders ferment in oak barrels, and is traditionally dry, giving a stronger cider with less residual sugar. This process can take three to six months depending on the local temperature. Our ciders are then strained, bottled and left to finish fermenting in the bottle before being pasteurised at low temperatures. We are also making some cherry cider, ice cider and plan to make some hopped cider, all from produce that we grow.
We have planted and grafted approximately 1250 Cider apple trees, including Kingston Black, Michelin, Dabinett, Bulmers Norman, Yarlington Mill, Brown Snout, Stoke Red, Somerset Redstreak, and Brown’s Apple varieties. We are grafting more of the old desert apple trees over to cider varieties and are looking forward to brewing traditional cider from dedicated cider apples. Cider is available from our cellar door.
Batlow Road Cider
4066 Batlow Road
Batlow, NSW. 2730
Ph. 0427 491 224 or 0409 491 226
About the makers
Ralph and Judy Wilson, (along with the Bank), own a small orchard 4 kms north of Batlow. The orchard is mainly apples with some cherries and berries. The majority of the orchard is intensively planted using dwarf rootstocks. The major varieties planted in order of tree numbers are: Pink Lady, Royal and Alvina Gala, Kanzi, Bravo, Honeycrisp, Greenstar, Fuji, Jonathon and Granny smith The orchard is managed under Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles and aims to sustainably enhance the orchard environment.
Wilgro Orchard operates a roadside stall during the picking season and either Judy or Rachel or Ralph are usually manning the stall.
Ralph completed a 3 year Diploma of Applied Science (Agriculture) after attending school in Wagga Wagga. He then worked for Mountain Maid Foods Co-Operative for six years and the Forestry Commission for a further 5 years.
Ralph has been a board member of Batlow Fruit Co-Operative and was Deputy Chairman (2 years) as well as Chairman (2 years). He has been involved in industry bodies and has travelled extensively looking at apple production, storage, packing and marketing in NZ, USA, SA, UK, Europe, as well as all apple growing states of Australia. Ralph completed a Graduate Diploma of Business (Management) from Monash University in 1996.
Rachel Kent is employed full time to work in the orchard and our Roadside stall. Rachel has previous experience in working on an orchard as well as retail (food) outlets. She brings youth, enthusiasm and experience to our business.
Both Ralph and Judy enjoy living in the beautiful Batlow district and the healthy lifestyle of living and working on Wilgro Orchards. They have a keen interest in our industry and believe that small businesses such as farmers/graziers/horticulturalists, are essential to the country’s survival.
Where Are We
Wilgro Orchards are situated either side of the main Tumut – Batlow road 4 Kms North of the township of Batlow in the south west slopes of New South Wales, Australia