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Gurneys Cider – the taste of South Gippsland

• James and Tom Gurnett are passionate about their new venture

IT’S been years in the making and well worth the wait.

Brothers James and Tom Gurnett have done something very special indeed up on top of a hill at 343 Fish Creek Road, Foster.

They have opened a Cidery with sublime views out over the Prom.

With 2000 heritage apple trees from France, England, America and Ireland already planted they are very excited to have some of their first crop out of that orchard. It’s a true vintage drop.

They have made 4 exceptional ciders. An original dry cider, a wild cider, a hopped cider and the limited release scrumpy cider.

The scrumpy has been made from locally foraged apples.

They have direct access to the great southern rail trail from their property and the wild apples that grow along it.

“It is the true taste of South Gippsland,” said Tom.

Customers can purchase a tasting paddle that includes all 4.

The brothers are originally from Somerset in England and when they were young emigrated to Tidal River.

“That was our first experience of Australia and we stayed,” said Tom. “We loved everything about this place but there was one thing missing. Cider!

Tom took himself off to the South West of England and trained in making cider over there with Harry’s Cider and has also spent quite a lot of time with the famous Thatcher’s Cider family.

“I was also at CUB,” he said.

The brothers have very distinct roles in the newly formed business with James as General Manager doing the ordering and running the day to day and Tom taking care of everything to do with the cider.

“I quit my job a year ago,” said James. I was in finance and I felt like I was missing out, so I had to come back and help out.”

Everything about Gurneys Cidery is thoughtful and beautifully done.

“All the timber used in this building is locally sourced from Dan Bright of Amber Creek Sawmill.

Dan is exceptionally talented. You won’t find anything like this anywhere else,” Tom said.

Dan also supplies the pork that features in the Grazer’s plate.

“We are so spoilt with the produce. It all goes really well with our cider.”

Gurneys serve Pangrazzi Cheese, Amber Creek pork, olives and apple cinnamon cake.

Their coffee is sourced from Southern Addictions in Mirboo North.

They have only been up and running for a week and are already receiving rave reviews on Facebook.

“All I can say is WOW, the cider is so good!! Couldn’t decide which one we liked as they are all great. Views to die for. Well done Gurnett family,” Larissa Judd enthused.

Shaelah Gringhuis agreed, “Amazing small batch cidery, puts commercial varieties to shame! Such a lovely place to sit and enjoy the view while snacking on a local grazing platter.”

The brothers had cider royalty visit for their opening on Wednesday January 3.

Harrys Cider came all the way from Somerset, England to see what the boys had created

They are open from 10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday and Open Public Holidays


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