Locally Brewed "Hard Cider Trail" is now Open 

by Placerville Newswire / Sep 13, 2019 / comments

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This weekend Apple Hill Growers are celebrating locally brewed hard cider with the official opening of the Hard Cider Trail. The Apple Hill Growers have been producing hard cider for generations and now many farms offer unique brews that showcase the traditions of the farming families in the community.

September 15

Six Apple Hill Grower Farms celebrate the opening of the Apple Hill Hard Cider Trail.  Look for special offers and activities/events at the participating farms on opening day! Be sure to visit Delfino Farms, High Hill Ranch, North Canyon Cider Co., Rainbow Orchards, Smokey Ridge Ranch and Wofford Acres.

Here’s a taste of what’s being offered along the trail: 

Delfino Farms

The Delfino family’s Henrietta Stich hard cider is a tribute to Joan Delfino’s mother, Henrietta Stich. Henrietta raised her three children (Joan being the middle child) to love life, family and farming. Now, third generation Delfinos are carrying on those same traditions at Delfino Farms. Their Vintage Cider is a blend of Black and Granny Smith apples and the brand-new blackberry version was released this summer. The ciders pair perfectly with Joan Delfino’s famous Walkin’ Pie and are available in the family’s farm stand.

High Hill Ranch

This Apple Hill favorite is known for its apple pies and doughnuts but the hard apple cider is worth stopping for on its own. The High Hand cider is crisp and tart with flavors of green apple. High Hill also produces several varieties of apple beer and cider champagne.

North Canyon Cider Co.

The Barsotti Family Juice Company has been making freshly pressed apple cider for nearly 40 years at the family-owned, solar-powered cider mill. They are currently producing four varieties: Original Dry, American Sweet, Ginger Pineapple and Cold Brewed with Hops. Visitors can enjoy them all at the cider house.

Rainbow Orchards

Rainbow Orchards might be best known for its mouth-watering apple cider doughnuts but the fresh-pressed apple cider is a great reason to stick around the ranch a little longer. Visitors can enjoy the ciders along with delicious baked goods showcasing the area’s best produce.

Smokey Ridge Farm

The laid back farm stand at Smokey Ridge Farm is the ideal place to soak in the mountain air and enjoy hard apple cider from apples grown on the farm on weekends from now through December. Smokey Ridge also produces several traditional wine varietals including foothill favorites like syrah, sangiovese and grenache.

Wofford Acres Vineyards

Wofford Acres Vineyards may be best known for its spectacular view of the American River Canyon but the South Fork Apple Cider is not to be missed. As the family says, “Come for the wine and stay for the view.” The same holds true for this brew made from Arkansas Black, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Pippin apples.


WHEN: September 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm 

WHERE: Apple Hill Hard Cider Ranches  Email -  Event website 

APPLE HILL GROWERS: Hard Cider Trail Opening @ Apple Hill Hard Cider Ranches