Cider apple trees available

The table below lists cider apple trees available bare rooted for delivery this winter. Contact Mark or Margaret Brammar

Strzelecki Heritage Apples
1699 Korumburra-Warragul Rd
Ph:03 5659 5242
One year old whips @ $25. Orders of 100 trees or more discounted to $20 per tree.
Orders now being taken for 2019.
Brown’s Apple 9 5
Bulmers Norman 25 20
Champ Gaillard 4 6
Dabinett 8 30 (some on Merton 793)
Eggleton Styre 17 14
Frequin Rouge 2 8
Golden Harvey 15 14
Improved Foxwhelp 0 15
Kingston Black 0 30
Michelin 4 17
Somerset Redstreak 13 21
Sweet Coppin 22 30
Tremletts Bitter 8 11
Yarlington Mill 20 22

Belt Press for sale

For sale ex Lenswood in South Australia – Kreuzmayr Continuous Belt Press KEB 1000

Indicative model picture below, with the indicative performance details available from:


The press is being sold complete with auger, mill, collection tank, fresh juice pump, 2x spare belts, miscellaneous spares and instruction manual. Information has been provided that the press has been overhauled including the fitting of new bearings.

If interested, and if wanting more information;
contact Conrad Guerra, CEO of Lenswood Apples.
Phone 08 8389 8300

Cider apple varieties in Australia

The NSW DPI produced a poster in 2008 of the 30 varieties of cider apple in Australia that appeared to be true-to-type. Since that time the number of varieties has grown to  34 and two posters have been developed (thank you Jenny) which illustrate those 34 varieties and place them in their respective classes eg sweet, bittersweet etc.

The posters differ in that one – “Cider Varieties” – simply shows the varieties in their classes and the other adds a chart to explain the acid and tannin (polyphenol) relationship for the various classes. You are welcome to download the pdf files and print them. I would ask that if you are using them for other than your own use that Cideroz be acknowledged as the source.

Cider Apple Varieties in Australia









Cider Varieties in Australia plus Chart









Some words of explanation regarding “cider varieties”. There is no reason why cider cannot be made from any apple juice. But the results can be disappointing since varieties of apple bred for eating do not necessarily have the characteristics that make for a good cider. The 34 varieties in these posters are those that have been imported into Australia (from Britain and France) at various times because of their suitability for making cider.

There are other “nominally” cider varieties in some Australian collections but they are not yet proven to be true-to-type ie they do not appear to agree with the same variety in the country of origin.

Batlow Cider Events – May 2018

Further information re the cider events coming up in Batlow in May.

Cider Australia will be holding their AGM on Thursday 17th May with the meeting scheduled for 2pm at the Batlow RSL. At 5pm there will be an Open Meeting regarding cider Brand Proposition and Export Workshop. See link below on the Wine Australia website.

Further details re the meeting on Thursday:



The annual Cider Conference will be held on Friday 18th May at the Batlow Literary Institute. Headline speaker for the Conference will be noted cider educator and cider maker Peter Mitchell from the UK (see further info about Peter at

The full Conference program is now available – see link below:                              2018 Cider Industry Conference Program

Bookings have opened for the Cider Conference.                    

Saturday 19th May will see the Batlow CiderFest. Check the website     for information and contact details about having a cider stall, being an entertainer or coming along on the Saturday.                        The CiderFest alcohol stall coordinator is interested to hear from any cider producers that might be interested in staying on in Batlow for the CiderFest on the day following the conference.  Having a stall at the festival is a great way for producers to offset some travel costs.

Here’s the link to the Alcohol Stallholder EOI for 2018.

EOI’s close 19th March.

Australian Cider Awards 2017

p1130606Entries have closed for the 2017 Awards. Entires in 2016 set a new record and entries in 2017 have surpassed that number. Judging will take place on 26 & 27 September in Melbourne. Results will be announced at the Presentation Dinner on Friday 27th October in Melbourne – tickets through the Cider Australia website.

In addition to the Dinner in Melbourne on the 27th, there will be a meeting of Cider Australia on Saturday 28th as well as a producers Forum Again, details and tickets through the Cider Australia website.

2016 Cider Conference – BATLOW – Friday 20th May

It’s on again !

What : 2016 Cider Industry Conference
When : Friday 20th May 2016
Where : Batlow, NSW

Why should you attend ? : The Cider Industry Conference is the only event of it’s type convened specifically for the cider industry in the Oceania Region.  You won’t want to miss our International guest presenter Dr Carol Miles of Washington State University speaking on the North American Hard Cider industry, cider characterisation, mechanical harvesting and orchard design.

Our guided Cider Appreciation session will be a unique opportunity to taste some traditional single variety ciders.  This session will be led by industry legend Mr Drew Henry (Henry’s of Harcourt) featuring some of Australia’s pioneer single variety ciders.  We hope to pair the ciders with some actual fruit of that variety….it promises to enlighten your palate.

Last year tickets for the conference sold-out prior to the event. Seats are limited, so I encourage you to book ASAP.
See you in Batlow this May for the 2016 Cider Industry Conference and Batlow CiderFest.
Kevin Dodds | Development Officer – Temperate Fruits
Department of Primary Industries | Agriculture NSW
64 Fitzroy Street  Tumut, NSW 2720 | PO Box 3  Tumut NSW 2720
T: 02 6941 1405  F: 02 6947 4149  M: 0427 918 315  

Cider apple blossom

Apple varieties generally produce more fruit when the blossom is fertilised with pollen from a different variety. In order for this to take place it’s necessary to have varieties that reach the appropriate stage of flowering at “about” the same time. The flowers of cider apple varieties go through the same stages of development as do eating apple varieties and the critical period of the blossoming is between king-bloom and full-bloom.

Improved Foxwhelp king02

Apples generally have flowers in clusters and king-bloom is when the first (generally central) blossom opens. Full-bloom is when all the blossoms of a cluster have opened and before petals start to fall.

Because there is a lot of variation of blossoming stage within a tree and between trees, it is not possible to precisely define when a particular variety reaches these stages. Essentially the ascribing of a date for king-bloom or full-bloom is by “averaging” the blossom stages of a given tree. For this reason it is obvious that some flowers will be open ahead of and behind the nominal dates, but the period of receptivity is at a maximum in the nominated period.

Yarlington Mill fullbloom02

Other factors such as weather and bee activity will also naturally play a part in determining how efficient the pollination period will be in setting a crop. When the king-bloom to full-bloom period occurs can vary year-to-year as can the duration. 2015 blossoming was over a very short period. The dates will also vary within districts depending on local microclimates and between districts depending on altitude etc. Generally the sequence of varieties flowering is relatively stable – but not absolute!

The chart below is for the cider varieties just finished blossoming in 2015. For other years please contact davidp at  LL Cider Phenology 2015j  Double-click the chart to get a clearer image. The variety Granny Smith is not generally considered a “cider” apple although is can be useful for adding acidity to a blend. The main reason for including it in the blossoming chart is to give a reference point so that it is possible to get an idea when the cider varieties will bloom.



2015 Australian Cider Awards

Judging of the 2015 Australian Cider Awards is now complete. The class winners and top cider and perry of the 2015 Awards will be announced at the Presentation Dinner to be held on October 9th in Melbourne.

On the morning of October 10th a cider producers forum will be held and from midday to 8pm the Australian Cider Festival will be held at the Ormond Hall.

Full details regarding both events are available on the Cider Australia website:

Dates for your diary

There are important Cider events coming up at Batlow.

Cider Australia will be meeting on Thursday afternoon 14th May – contact via the Cider Australia website.

The 2015 Cider Industry Conference is being held on Friday 15th May. Special guest at this year’s conference is Dr Andrew Lea.
See the full program at: The 2015 Cider Industry Conference


and Saturday 16th sees a repeat of the highly successful Batlow CiderFest


Cider Apple Trees

HFT-elogosHeritage Fruit Trees – Rob Pelletier                                  PO Box 35, Beaufort, Victoria 3373, Australia

Their website lists cider apples available (April 2016) on various rootstocks together with the available cider scions and apple rootstocks


mi apple logoMiapple Farm       MiaMia, Victoria                                  Peter Cooke  03 9701 3066                                                                                     A revised stockist will be posted on the Miapple website in May 2016


WFT-logo-for-emailWoodbridge Fruit Trees – Tasmania                          Nik Magnus 0418 806 175     


SHA Logo_colourStrzelecki Heritage Apples                                 Mark and Margaret Brammar                                       1699 Korumburra-Warragul Rd, Strzelecki, Victoria           03 5659 5242

Orders taken for supply of bare root trees to be delivered the following winter. These orders need to be confirmed by mid June of the year preceeding delivery. Limited quantities of scionwood of a large range of cider varieties available.



PetePermieTelopea Mountain                                Peter and Silvia Allen                                    Invermay Road, Monbulk, Victoria                                                                0418 665 880                                              *Telopea sell trees bare rooted & potted. Their trees are suitable for direct entry into Organic certified and Biodynamic certified farms. Cider variety scions are available.



Balhannah Nurseries – Sam Luke (Manager)       email:              Hartmann Rd, Charleston, South Australia          Ph: 08 8389 4557    Mobile: 0412 237 684        Balhannah currently (April 2016) has available limited quantities of some perry pear trees for delivery winter 2016 – Yellow Huffcap, Blakeney Red, Gin and Moorcroft, along with cider apples Cimetiere de Blangy and Verite


factree_logoGraham’s Factree                                       Libby Fleming  03 9999 1999                                                        160 Thonemans Rd., Hoddles Creek, Victoria            Factree primarily ‘grow to order’ and deliver bare rooted trees in the winter. Trees can be produced on dwarfing and non-dwarfing rootstocks.        


logoOak – Tahune Fields Nursery            Brendon Francis                                       Oak – Tahune now manage the apple germplasm collection which was previously held by the Tasmanian DPI. They can supply scionwood, rootstocks or grafted rootstocks. Orders for nursery trees can be placed for delivery winter 2017.



MMFeature (13)Maple Grove Nursery                            Michelle Morrison                                                 Maple Grove have traditionally been known as an apple rootstock supplier and continue to provide this service. They also can produce cider trees to custom order.


logo-horizontal-darkbg-lgeYalca Fruit Trees                           Yalca have some cider trees available for delivery in winter 2016. Check their website for the variety listing



A few words about the material that is available. The more commonly available cider apple varieties – the English ones – would in a lot of cases have been sourced from the collection at the (NSW Agriculture) NSW DPI research station at Orange. These were imported by Dr Jill Campbell in the 1970’s. As far as I am aware these varieties were not guaranteed to be virus tested / virus free and accordingly most of the material currently available carries the same status, unless of course the supplier has undertaken virus “cleaning”. Budwood should still be available from the NSW DPI.

This mention of viruses, whilst it may seem to be of concern, should not be too concerning. Some eating apple varieties were cleaned of viruses and their orchard performance changed in the sense that the trees grew better but did not necessarily fruit better. In some cases the productivity was reduced.

I am asking those people / companies who supply (or who will shortly be in a position to supply) cider apples trees to get in contact with me. Likewise those who supply rootstocks or cider apple budwood. Although I have retired from NSW Agriculture I continue to provide extension information on cider and would like to ensure that my information on sources etc is up-to-date.

The intent is not to list quantities and varieties but simply to make the names and contact details available.

Some suppliers I am already aware of but there will obviously be those I’m not aware of. So the hope is that by putting this request on Cideroz the listing will be as complete as possible.

Please contact via davidp at