St Ives Cider is a family business owned by David and Kate Berwick. As a cider maker, David combines his experience as a winemaker with traditional cider techniques to produce a range of hand-crafted artisan ciders.
David is a “hands on” cider maker: every litre produced has been subjected to independent critical analysis at several stages of the process and blended by David himself. It is more than just a chemical equation to produce this product – the taste is all important. The sweetness in a cider can be added in many different ways. Common methods are stopping the fermentation before all the sugar has turned to alcohol or simply adding sugar, or even Saccharin, to the base cider. David believes that in undergoing the fermentation process the apple flavours in the juice change which is why any sweetness in his cider is created by completely fermenting the cider and then adding back pure apple juice before bottling – hence the taste of fresh apples in the cider.