Say hi to Clare, who founded Daylesford Cider in the beautiful Hepburn Shire. Clare has a long-time love affair with Cider, and their brewery produces a range of craft ciders made using the 17 varieties of English-heritage listed cider apples, which are grown organically on their farm just outside of Daylesford.
Their picturesque building is based on a few famous English landmarks, and the design was revised when they built the cellar door back in 2008. Its design is so true-to-form that many of their locals think it’s a conversion or a much older building, but Clare says this is just because of all the thought and care they put into the design.
The property is also home to a cellar door, where they sell their range of craft ciders and run a small kitchen, mostly open for lunch. Their orchard is super beautiful, and they offer guided tours and picnics in the orchard, as well as hosting private functions, events, live music and weddings.
The local community is core to Clare’s business, and as the business has grown she has made an effort to work with a range of other local growers and producers, and has incorporated their items on their menu, or employed their skills around the orchard.
Sadly, the pandemic meant a significant loss of business for Clare and the orchard, as restrictions force locals to stay inside and tourists are unable to travel. As these restrictions are ending, Clare looks forward to being able to cater for her locals again and if you’re visiting, she recommends the mineral springs nearby in Musk. Clare says the picnic area there is a hidden gem that’s surrounded by greenery and a small spring.
If you’re in the area in the near future be sure to give them a visit and Go Local First!