The Cranborne Chase, Dorset

The Cranborne Chase is a chalk plateau straddling the counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire and our cider making farm is located to the south of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Cranborne Chase AONB
Cider apple tree on Cranborne Chase
Collecting Cider Apples

Cider on the Chase

Bill started making cider in 2011 as a hobby business at Myncen Farm, Minchington to make use of local fruit which would otherwise have been wasted.

Cider making has always been a Meaden family tradition, with Bill's grandad and great grandad making cider for drinking on their farm.

Since 2006 Cranborne Chase Cider has managed a standard orchard of around 50 trees for the Rushmore Estate.

Crafted in Cranborne Chase AONB

The Fruit that makes our Cider

Bill also buys in further fruit from Simon Baxter of Sherborne Cider in Longburton, to add some bitter sweet apples into the blend.

All of the apples used are sourced from Dorset, with Bill now producing around 20,000 litres of cider a year.

Cranborne Chase Cider is available in a number of formats, there are dry, medium and sweet farmhouse still ciders available to buy in takeaway cartons from the Original Cider Shack.