Salt Spring Wild Cider
Saltspring Island, British Columbia
Owned and operated by a philosopher and a stone sculptor, Salt Spring Wild developed out of a passion to create quality cider from the wild apples that grow on Salt Spring Island. Some of the apples in our blends are from 100-year-old heritage trees, some are from organic orchards, and some are from wild apple trees that live in farmer’s fields and along gentle roadsides, and that once fell with the breeze.
Our ciders are made with the wild apples and pears that grow on Salt Spring Island, and with apples from regional orchards. We never add any water. Our process involves slow-fermenting single varieties and allowing each to mature until it has fully developed. The ciders are then carefully blended for complexity and depth of flavour; our Dry and Semi-Dry ciders are each blends of over 10 different apple varieties!
While the blending process is crucial (and arduous), the special character of our cider is due to the wealth of heritage cider apples that grow on Salt Spring, and to our commitment to making fully natural ciders. In general, you’ll find that we tend to make our ciders quite dry, with delicate flavours (including our berry and plum ciders), and that’s the way we like them!