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
CIDER MAKING COURSE DATES FOR 2015 PUBLISHED. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
THE APPLE & HOP, BRACKLEY
We are delighted to announce that we now have a retail outlet in the beautiful market town of Brackley in South Northamptonshire. "The Apple & Hop" is a joint venture with the fabulous Silverstone Brewing Company and the shop is packed full of local beer, cider and spirits, as well as a range of other locally produced artisan products ranging from beer soap to sauces, chutneys, gin liqueurs and honey. Current opening times are Thursday/ Friday 12-5pm and Saturdays 10am until 5pm. Click here to check out the facebook page for more details, or follow the tweets @AppleAndHop
STILL TIME TO EXPAND
At the end of 2014 we got ourselves a little sister company called Wharf Distillery. Colocated with the cidery in Old Wolverton, alongside the Grand Union Canal, Wharf Distillery now produces our acclaimed English Apple Brandy and will soon be creating malt spirits, milk vodka (yes, you read that right!), as well as eau de vie from hedgerow fruits and an artisan rum.
The still, named Velocity was acquired with the help of a SEMLEP grant and was put into production in December with our brandy being ready for Christmas. The next spirit (available soon) is based on a blend of malts from Silverstone Brewing Company and is to be called Spirit of Silverstone. Read more here.
For Juice's Sake!
Following the success of our donation scheme in 2014, we are going to continue the program in 2015 and hopefully be able to donate even more apple juice to The MK Food Bank. Fresh juice is put into food parcels and goes to those who are 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
Our second batch of English mead is nearly ready. This is a very rare traditional mead (not mead wine) made from the finest honey. Only 180 bottles will be available, so watch this space!