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Grazed Knee Cider
Cave Crafted
On the Isle of Wight

Our Apples

Local Apples

Our orchard is planted with a collection of local island apple varieties including Isle of Wight Pippin, Sir John Thorneycroft, the massive Howgate Wonder, Bembridge Beauty and Little Pax.

Classic Cider Apples

Our orchard also includes classic bittersweet and bittersharp cider varieties including Dabinett, Stoke Red, Kingston Black, Foxwhelp and Yarlington Mill.

We Couldn't Resist

Our orchard also includes varieties with names we could not resist, Liberty, Fillabarrel, Slack ma Girdle, Sops in Wine, Helen’s, Katy, Bulmer’s Norman, Gilly, American Mother and Porter’s Perfection.

Finally

We blend together juice from the apples to provide the best mix of acidity and tannins for good fermentation in small batches in the cool conditions of our cave, and let the yeast do the rest, slowly but surely. When the time is right and not before, we bottle the cider.

Our Ciders

Our ciders are made from apples grown, pressed and bottled on the Isle of Wight. They are matured in tanks kept in our cave at a constant temperature and humidity to get the best flavour possible from them.

The 2022 Vintage available now

From apples harvested in 2022, pressed, slow fermented and matured in our cave until it is at last ready to be bottled and sold in 2024.

Spell Unker

Our still, dry cider, ABV 6.8%. Lovely clean fresh citrus taste with hints of butterscotch and sunshine.

Under Down

Our still, medium cider, ABV 6.4%. Soft astringency with a splash of dried fruit.

Island Time

Our bottle-conditioned, sparkling cider, ABV 7.0%. The internationally renowned Ciderologist Gabe Cook described it in his book Modern British Cider (2021) “Bloody lush. Great minerality and texture”

Dolcoppice

At single orchard cider providing a unique blend of cider apples. This premium cider is bottle-conditioned and sold in both 300ml and 750ml bottles. Soft and gentle tannins, dry, sparkling, ABV 7.5%.

Coombe Bottom Perry (pear cider) (sold out)

A sparkling dry perry ABV 7.0%, made from pears picked in a ‘Capability’ Brown designed kitchen garden at Appuldurcombe.  An extremely limited batch which did sell out early.

Our Story

Cave crafted cider made with apples grown on the Isle of Wight

Deeds, not words

Once upon a bike ride, a gravelly puddle became the site of an injured lower leg. Recovering from the grazed knee, over a glass of local cider, we wondered whether we too could produce something so delicious and refreshing. We found ourselves an plot surrounded by the Isle of Wight’s outstanding natural beauty, planted our 250 trees, assembled our cidery in a cave under St Boniface Down, gathered knowledge from the traditional sources of the Three Counties and the West Country and got down to work. Grazed Knee Cider was born.

The Cider

Our orchard is planted with a collection of local island apple varieties including Isle of Wight Pippin, Sir John Thorneycroft, the massive Howgate Wonder, Bembridge Beauty and Little Pax, and classic bittersweet and bittersharp cider varieties including Dabinett, Stoke Red, Kingston Black, Foxwhelp and Yarlington Mill, along with varieties with names we could not resist, Liberty, Fillabarrel, Slack ma Girdle, Sops in Wine, Helen’s, Katy, Bulmer’s Norman, Gilly, American Mother and Porter’s Perfection. We blend together juice from the apples to provide the best mix of acidity and tannins for good fermentation in small batches in the cool conditions of our cave, and let the yeast do the rest, slowly but surely. When the time is right and not before, we bottle the cider.

How to enjoy

Our cider is refreshing, fruity and balanced, with earthy and spicy notes. The sharpness complements food with good fat content such as cheese, pork and fish. The fruitiness enhances fried, grilled and roasted main courses and desserts.

We are part of the Wight Marque Scheme

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Pairing Our Ciders

Just like you would pair with a wine, you can pair our ciders with delicious foods.

Rich, fatty foods pair well with our dry cider. Think Spanish food like chorizo, pork belly or even roast chicken. Also with fish and shellfish.
Spell Unker
Dry
The medium sweetness mellows a spicy dish. Or try it simply with a nice cheddar cheese.


Under Down
Medium
The slight fizz works perfectly with a creamy dishes like chicken casserole. Or try it with an IOW cheese board.

Island Time
Sparkling Dry
The bright acidity, soft tannins and saline minerality make a perfect pairing with an aged, intense cheese, a steak dinner or mushroom dishes.

Dolcoppice
Sparkling Dry

Our ciders are currently available at these locations on the Isle of Wight.

North

South

East

West

If you are on the Isle of Wight and want to sell our cider, please get in touch with us via the email below.

Old Station Road
Isle of Wight

team@grazedkneecider.co.uk

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