Tasting room coming in September of this year!
South Hill Cider ferments traditional heirloom cider apples as well as wild apples collected in our neighborhood to produce fine orchard-based ciders which showcase the terroir of the Finger Lakes region .
We bottle Estate cider from our home orchard, as well as from other interesting orchards that we tend and work with nearby. Our ciders exhibit character and nuance that show terroir - you can taste the orchard in your glass.
Tasting Room Events
Finger Lakes Cider Week runs from September 27th - October 6th, 2019 . All of our events will be at our tasting room at 550 Sandbank Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
APPLE HARVEST FEST AFTER PARTY ZYDECO DANCE (FINGER LAKES CIDER WEEK)
Sunday, September 29th, 2019 7:30p-10:30p
Closeout Apple Harvest Festival weekend with a zydeco dance party at the newly opened South Hill Cider with Rose & The Bros, a powerhouse ensemble specializing in irresistible Zydeco and Cajun dance grooves resonating with sweet vocal harmonies and crooning country roots. $10 cover.
THE EMERGING FLX CIDER REGION IN THE CIDER REVIVAL - BOOK SIGNING & CIDER MAKER CHAT
(FINGER LAKES CIDER WEEK)
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 7:00p
Join us for an inspired evening with author Jason Wilson whose new book The Cider Revival: Dispatches from the Orchard chronicles the rebirth of the quintessential American beverage. There will be a book signing as well as a cidermaker chat with South Hill’s Steve Selin, Eve’s Cidery’s Autumn Stoscheck, and Black Diamond’s Ian Merwin. The event is free to attend, with books, as well as cider and food, available for purchase.
SOUTH HILL CIDER ORCHARD TOUR & TASTING (FINGER LAKES CIDER WEEK)
Saturday, October 5th, 2019 2pm & 4pm
Please join us for a tour through our cidery to our organic orchard where you will learn all about the heirloom and cider apple varieties we grow as well as how it was established. Followed by a tasting including our newly released Full Bloom Orchard estate cider. $10 ticketed event.
Press and Reviews:
January 2019 - Wall Street Journal - These Apple Ciders Are Wild—Literally
Back In 2003, on a whim, Steve Selin joined a group of his neighbors in the Finger Lakes region of New York to forage wild apples to press into hard cider. He was surprised to find that the result was actually pretty good: crisp and dry, more akin to Champagne than fizzy apple juice. “It was a happy accident, starting out with wild apples,” he said. “It’s some of the highest-quality cider fruit imaginable, and I didn’t even know it at the time.” Since 2013, Mr. Selin has sold ciders under the label South Hill. And though...
February 2018 - Washington Post: 6 Heritage Cider Brands Worth Tasting
"The Finger Lakes might be the most exciting cider region in the United States, and Steve Selin may be one of its best producers. His bone-dry and complex Packbasket is made from hand-gathered wild seedling apples. His Pomme Sur Lie is aged nine months on its lees and makes the case for age-worthy cider."
April 2017- Cider Journal reviews of Packbasket Still 2015, Stone Fence Farm 2015 and Pomme Sur Lie 2015
Cidercraft Magazine: Cider Made: South Hill’s Wild and Vintage Apple Ciders
"When ciders are still, crisp, dry and seriously made, you really get that "fine wine" feel to them. More and more, they just begin to remind me of a high-personality white wine."
Life in the Fingerlakes - Cider House Rules
Travel Channel's Booze Traveler: American Cideries Worth a Sip
"With controlled fruit flavor, it is harmonious and friendly, not to mention moderately priced...." (click here to read)
"The only thing more beautiful and cared for than the letterpress printed labels is South Hill’s still, dry, wine-like cider itself (a righteous pairing with seafood and poultry)." (click here to read)
“Unlike grapes, apples go native in a flash. Chuck a core, and a tree will follow. But every apple seedling is a hybrid, a cross-pollination of its mother tree and its pollen-donor dad. Each one will produce a variety that is new to this world.”
Cider is 'In Vogue' - as in the magazine. (click here to read)
“—almost vinous in its build.”
Soundpost Cider: "one of the best ciders I've had. Crisp, mineral, and with a lovely richness--from both the bittersweet apples and the time in oak, I assume, but it didn't shout "oak" like some ciders I've had. Really, really nice." - Rowan Jacobson, Author of 'Apples of Uncommon Character'
"South Hill Cider from NY has produced a gorgeous hard cider" Read the 4.5 star review - The Cider Journal
Edible Fingerlakes interviewed Steve on our Pommeau in their Spring '15 issue. Read Here
Liquor.com says our Pommeau is an innovative cider that you must try now Read Here