2013 EirGrid Euro-Toques Food Award winner
Longueville House, Mallow, Co Cork.
087 2996567 (William)
Michael O’Callaghan of Longueville house near Mallow, Co. Cork decided to plant 25 acres of apple orchards 18 years ago with the pioneering idea of producing Irish apple brandy. When Michael passed away 3 years ago, his son William took over the running of the house and in addition to continuing to produce his father’s apple brandy decided to market the excellent cider already being produced as part of the brandy making process. Longueville House Cider was launched on the market 3 years ago and has quickly been recognised as one of the best artisan ciders being produced in Ireland. Last year 25,000 litres were produced, and this year William anticipates reaching 35-40,000 litres. The cider is produced in the traditional way – with apples being harvested in October and crushed in an oak cider press. The fresh juice is then fermented with its natural yeasts for 4-5 months to produce a rich amber coloured cider with a unique taste. The cider is filtered and pasteurised, but no sugars, colours or preservatives are added. Longueville House are members of Cider Ireland, a pioneering group of artisan cider producers who have come together to help market their cider and bring down production costs through cooperation. Euro-toques commended the excellent quality and taste of Longueville House cider, and praised the production methods and respect for tradition at Longueville which have resulted in another excellent Irish artisan product.