Ag Life: Cider makers keep busy during winter months

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. - There's always work to be done when it comes to making your own cider.

Diane Flynt says she was the first cider maker in the south and actually was inspired by her agriculture background.

"I was brought to cider, really through farming. I believe that great beverages are made from fine ingredients and I'm a committed tree grower, "said Diane Flynt who owns Foggy Ridge Cider.

These trees don't grow regular apples on them. They produce ones called Dabinett and Harrison. 

"You've probably never heard of those apples and you certainly won't find them in the grocery store but those are the key to having great complex good tasting cider," said Flynt.

Diane says she uses a variety of cider apple trees because the taste of the apple translates into the flavor of the cider.

"We care about our cider varieties and we work hard to grow real cider apples that have a lot of tannin and acidity, as well as complex flavor," said Flynt.

Diane prunes the trees in the winter months and enjoys taking the time to be out in the orchard.

"But here in January especially, we are focusing on the orchard,  because this is the time of year when the trees are dormant, they are quiet, they are asleep," said Flynt.

Asleep until the blooming begins and the apples will be picked to make award winning cider.


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