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
WILLIAM 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.
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
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!