The Nightingale family has been growing crisp, juicy apples in the Wandiligong Valley and alpine surrounds since 1954. When Keith Nightingale and his brother, Alan purchased the orchard, conditions were primitive.
"There was no electricity, the roads were rough, and the house was no better than a chook pen. It was quite a shock after being so near to Melbourne,'' says Keith. It was an even bigger shock for my wife, Marianne who had grown up in The Hague in Holland. Marianne had migrated to Australia with her parents not long after the war, and we met when she came to our orchard looking for work."
Now four generations on, the family have five orchards across the alpine valleys of Victoria and southern New South Wales. The cool, elevated conditions in this region concentrate the flavours to produce sweet, juicy apples.
The result is a modern cider that is fresh and fruity with low residual sugar.
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