Virtual Orchard

Buckinghamshire's premier cider maker and producers of the award-winning Hard Core dry cider

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In 2011 our cider 'Hard Core' won the CAMRA Gold Medal Champion Cider of Britain. This cider was the first cider that we had made and contained fruit only from the 2009 harvest. 


Welcome to the Virtual Orchard website! 

We are a small, independent producer of ciders, mead, juices and apple brandy using locally sourced fruit and honey. We pride ourselves on crafting quality products from our beautiful location by the side of the Grand Union Canal in Old Wolverton, on the edge of the new city of Milton Keynes



Galleon Wharf Cidery Opened by William SitwellGalleon Wharf Cidery Opened by William SitwellWILLIAM SITWELL OPENS MILTON KEYNES FIRST CIDERY

Masterchef judge, editor of Waitrose Kitchen, and fellow cider maker, William Sitwell cut the ribbon at the grand opening  of our Galleon Wharf cidery on Friday 16 May, but not before reciting his own poem created especially for the occasion. Read it here.

Mr Sitwell is a passionate about many things, and real cider is one of them. We are delighted that he was able to find some time to declare us officially open. Milton Keynes Mayor, Cllr Brian White, Mark Lancaster MP as well as local supporters, friends and family will joined in the  celebrations on what turned out to be a fantastic sunny day. Read all about it here.

For Juice's Sake!

The Food Bank MKThe Food Bank MK

Great news. Virtual Orchard are teaming up with The MK Food Bank to provide fresh juice to go in food parcels for those desperately in need. Click here to find out what we are doing and how you too can help.

Cider Making without a smock

Are you interested in learning how to make real cider?

Well now you can from a champion cider maker. 

Check out the syllabus and course dates here

English Mead

English MeadEnglish Mead

Our very first batch of English mead is now ready. This is a very rare traditional mead (not mead wine) made from the finest honey. Only 180 bottles available! 

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