By RED HUNT
You may have been to some breweries, wineries or distilleries, but have you ever visited a cidery?
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery has been producing ciders for a number of years in southern Ontario. Its first apple trees (15 different kinds!) were planted in 2005, with cider production starting a few years later. Only about an hour north of Toronto, the cidery makes for a perfect weekend day trip.
Growing in popularity, Spirit Tree Cider can be found on tap at selected bars and restaurants around Greater Toronto Area, but the cidery itself is the only place to sample all of the tasty ciders currently in production. With more than 10 different ciders on offer, plan on doing plenty of sampling and taking home a number of bottles.
With dry, bubbly champagne-like versions to sweet ciders, Spirit Tree Cidery has carved out a niche for itself as one of the premier cider producers in Ontario. Crab-apple cider and pear cider are made at Spirit Tree Cidery as well, but the most popular is the range of hard ciders, made from sweet apples.
A personal favourite is the Reserve Cider, aged in oak barrels, which could make a great wine alternative. Making the trip even more worthwhile are the on-site bakery and kitchen, where you can get fresh breads, amazing pizzas, soups and salads. The food itself is tasty, but the friendly, family-run atmosphere of the cidery is what makes it truly special.
Getting there: Caledon is about an hour north of Toronto. The cidery is a bit hidden, down a rural road in Caledon. Check the website for directions.
1137 Boston Mills Rd.
Caledon, ON L7C 0N1
All images courtesy of Spirit Tree Estate Cidery.