The proprietor of Fraser Valley Cider Rachel Bolongaro, had a longstanding career as a chemical engineer for close to 20 years before she decided to give it all up to open the Fraser Valley Cider Company. Bolongaro claims that her years of experienced equipped her with the experience needed to run the cidery, however, at heart, she always knew that she wanted to be a brewer and winemaker. Although Okanagan is richly blessed with scores upon scores of wineries and craft beer establishments that are slowly making entry into the market, the Lower Mainland of the Okanagan did not have any cideries, which only motivated Rachel further.
Rachel started the Fraser Valley Cidery in 2014 alongside her husband after they purchased a 12-acre piece of land. Less than 2 years after making the purchase, the couple set about building their cidery and planting approximately 1800 trees with support from friends. Today, the farm grows over 25 varieties for the production process. In the future, Fraser Valley plans to grow almost 1800 more trees, which will increase the varieties planted to 30.
Rachel makes her cider in small batches to maintain the integrity and the quality of the cider. She mainly used traditional techniques for her production process, as well as freshly grown and pressed BC apples. Most of her cider can be enjoyed at the tasting room, which is well designed. The tasting room is filled with comfortable seating and chairs, however, if you fancy a view outside, there are plenty of picnic tables that can accommodate both adults and children.
Alternatively, Fraser Valley Cider also avails its cider at the Langley Framers markets and at the famous White Rock. The cidery also supplies its cider to the Orchard and the Sea, which is a small bar that deals exclusively with cider located in Gastown.
The cidery mainly produces five ciders that range from bone dry cider to the sweeter honey cider, which is a favorite of most patrons that frequent the tasting room. The Bone Dry Cider has a sparkling effervescence and a zesty finish with crisp apple aromas. The honey cider, on the other hand, is a perfect balance of fruity apple flavors and wildflower honey that is acquired from the hives located on the farm. The other varieties of cider produced by Fraser Valley are elderflower, which has a rosy aroma and flavor, the House cider, which is another dry cider that has a large fruity finish and Rosy cider, which has a caramel flavor and fruity raspberry punch.
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