Brother and sister, Richard and Annette Hunt, leave their apples until October and November before picking them, so the fruits have more time to ripen naturally.
The Hunt family have been making cider in the Torbay area since 1805. Their ancestor Nicholas Prout Hunt was even instrumental in building Paignton Harbour so their cider could reach customers over the horizon.
This generations-old tradition is still on display at Hunt’s Cider today. All their apples are picked by hand and they even use their grandfather’s old wooden press, installed in 1952.
“Our press lives in a 200-year-old barn which is a purpose built cider cellar,” said Annette. “It’s belt-driven so we have to rig it up to one of our tractors. It’s a bit mad but people love it. I’ve been told only Wallace and Gromit could dream up something like that!”
As well as orchards, the Hunts also keep sheep (who graze the orchards), cattle (who eat the leftover pulp) and arable crops on their 400 acres of Devon farmland. For their Parke Cider, all the apples come from Parke Estate, just up the road on the edge of Dartmoor.