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.
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)
Cider is 'In Vogue' - as in the magazine. (click here to read)
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