"A delightfully dry and naturally sparkling cider made using the ancient ancestral method. After handpicking, pressing and fermentation which finishes in the bottle, the cider is aged on its fine lees for 10 months. It is then placed on our antique French riddling rack where it is turned daily by hand over a six week period to collect the unwanted yeast in the neck of the bottle. Next we disgorge each bottle à la volée, or ‘on the fly’; a skilful operation which releases the sediment without freezing. We then top up with more cider, recap the bottle et voilà; a crystal clear, sparkling and refreshing drink!"


New cidermakers Tom & Lydia are committed environmentalists and passionate about making natural cider completely without additives. They live in the Golden Valley, just outside Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh border, where they grow all their own food according to permaculture principles, and are currently in the process of planting their own orchard. While the orchard is growing they source all their fruit from unsprayed traditional orchards in their local area.

Artistraw - À la volée 2019

  • Name À la volée
    Producer Artistraw
    Style Dry Sparkling (Ancestral Method)
    Country UK
    Region Cidery - Clifford, Herefordshire. Orchards - Eardisley, Herefordshire & Hay on Wye, Powys.
    Vintage 2019
    Varieties 50% Orchard blend (same pressing as Woodseaves), 50% Dabinett
    ABV % 6.7
    SO2 None added
    Production Not certified (but from unsprayed, traditional standard orchards) Natural fermentation. Unfined. Unfiltered. Unpasteurised. Aged in bottle for 10 months, then riddled and discorged à la volée. Vegan. Naturally sparkling.
    Tasting notes Dry + Crisp + Delicate