History of Cider

History of Cider

Cider has been produced all over Europe for many centuries in countries such as Great Britain, France, Spain and Germany. It is believed that in Great Britain cider was being made even before the Roman Conquest. When the Romans arrived they introduced the cultivation of apples in orchards. It is said that Julius Cesar himself was partial to a few ciders.  Its popularity grew greatly after the Norman Invasion in 1066. The Normans brought with them many new apple varieties and this is the period in which the first records appeared of cider being sold.

By the 18th Century most farms in England where producing cider and It was actually used as a form of payment for the farm labourer’s. It is even documented that the best workers where the ones who drank the most cider. Cider is still to this day one of the most popular drinks in Great Britain, 600 million litre’s of cider is produced every year.