After half a century cider made with Conwy apples


James Wilde

For the first time in 50 years cider is being made using apples from an orchard growing beside Conwy Castle.

In a programme on S4C, presenter Tudur Owen meets group of Conwy residents who are eager to revive the old craft of cider making and this year, for the first time in a century, plans are in place to produce the famous Conwy cider again.

The aim is to sell the cider in the area and sell something different to the well-known brands available at the local pub.

The programme looks at seven residents entering the venture, lead by Morgan Dafydd, a teacher at Ysgol Dolgarrog.

With help from the Welsh Perry and Cider Society, Mr Morgan is eager for members of the community to harvest the fruit from gardens in the area as well as the community orchard – to ensure as many apples and pears as possible can be pressed.

The aim is to create a community initiative, producing enough cider to sell at the town’s Winter Festival all within seven weeks.

Mr Morgan said: “The whole process was great – it was a brilliant opportunity to get to know local people, as well as to learn more about the ancient craft of making cider from experts.

“Everyone in the venture contributed money to the project, so there was an element of risk involved.

“That made the whole project very exciting, but of course, we were realistic that things could go wrong. One of the highlights for me was seeing the logo for the first time, and seeing the finished product all bottled up, which made us all incredibly proud of our hard work.”

Mayor of Conwy, Cllr Pat Hart, who grew up in Conwy, will be watching the show with great interest and thinks the cider will give the town an even greater identity when people visit the area.

She said: “I am very excited to hear this. It’s a good thing for Conwy and a good thing for when visitors come to the town to see local produce in the pubs and hopefully some of our shops.

“I’m looking forward to watching the show and finding out more. I went to school in Ysgol Aberconwy and Conwy is very special to me, to see it prosper is a good thing.”

The show airs at 9.30pm on Tuesday April 18 on S4C.

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