Our mission is to revive the tradition of authentic farm-based alcoholic beverage production. We offer handmade hard ciders—a new look at an American classic, and our acclaimed Ten66, an American Mistelle (Pommeau).
Using traditional fermentation and distilling methods, our products are made with a minimum of intervention, respecting the natural expressiveness of our fruit. Orchard Hill Cider Mill produces handcrafted, artisanal hard cider in small batches. Our Hudson Valley produced Ten66 is extra-aged and breaks new ground by offering a serious look at a traditional Norman/French aperitif.
From picnics to black tie events, our farm to table beverages are the perfect complement to your menu.
Orchard Hill is located at Soons Orchard, one hour north of New York City in New Hampton, New York.
Ten66 Red Label Brandy distilled and aged in French oak wine barrels, is then blended with fresh non-alcoholic sweet cider and returned to barrel for extra aging. Multiple barrels and vintages are carefully blended to yield the most balanced flavor. The nose is baked apple tart tatin, and the palate has a background of vanilla and spice.
Ten66 Gold Label The “Golden Barrel” was so expressive after nine years of oak influence we chose to release it in 2014 as a single barrel bottling. The cask was originally filled in 2009 with mistelle blended from our first batch of brandy that had been aging since 2005!
Our Red Label Hard Cider originates from a field blend of Soons apples including Crispin, Idared, Empire, Spartan and McIntosh. This bottle-fermented and conditioned cider is unfiltered and extra brut. Bottled with a cap, the cider is designed to age in the bottle. With clean, fresh apple nose, the body and color are both light and Prosecco-like. Younger bottles focus on fresh apple skin, while older bottles develop a creamy texture with a toasty apple taste and underlying notes of Pecorino and Gorgonzola Dolce.
Our Gold Label Hard Cider is created from the best heritage varietal apples at Soons Orchard. Vinified using méthode champenoise and bottled with a champagne stopper and cage, the results are semi-sweet, balanced, and crystal clear. Light and delicious, our Gold Label Hard Cider boasts rich apple aromatics and a palate of toasty apple and biscuit.
At the Orchard Hill Tasting Room, you will find a one-of-a-kind selection of carefully curated, small batch, artisanal products. Visit us and sample our delicious ciders and our Pommeau-inspired Ten66 (both now available at Michelin Star restaurants)—and enjoy the best of New York produced spirits, beers and wines.
Look for our seasonal special events. We take pride in creating a warm and hospitable environment where your can relax and enjoy the best of New York State. We are also available to host your upcoming event! For more information, contact us.
When visiting the orchard, make sure to get the full experience! The Soons farm store, located next to our Tasting Room, offers seasonal fruits, vegetables, sweet apple cider, homemade pies, fudge and baked goods. Take advantage of “Pick Your Own” peaches, apples and pumpkins, in season.
We look forward to seeing you at the orchard!
It's a funny coincidence that Orchard Hill owner Andrew Emig (a musician) met his future business partners, Carolyn and Karl duHoffmann (former actors), in a touring production of the play Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Although it wasn't founded until many years later, Orchard Hill's aim is to draw on the storied tradition of American cider brewing – an art eventually lost to exactly the Prohibition that spawned the speakeasy culture to which Millie pays homage – and revive it into something thoroughly modern.
The trio began making apple-y brandy back in 2005. They were instantly hooked, and began distilling at Tuthilltown. At this time they were sourcing their apples from Soons Orchard, a working farm since 1910 run by third-generation farmer Jeff Soons, located one hour north of NYC in New Hampton, New York.
Jeff harbored a secret dream of reviving the hard cider-making tradition. Maybe it ran in the family – his mother, Sandy Soons, had attempted to make hard cider years before, only to be rejected by the regulatory authorities of the time. Jeff's lucky break came when Andrew and the duHoffmanns approached him with the idea of opening Orchard Hill and producing hard cider made from apples grown at Soons Orchards.
From there, the trio began making bottle-conditioned, extra-dry hard cider in the French style that instantly won acclaim – Wine Enthusiast recently chose it as one of the top ciders to taste. It's delicate, with a champagne-like fizz that comes from yeast respiring within the bottle, as opposed to infusions of carbon dioxide.
We're all for a thoroughly modern cider that also pays homage to the best parts of the past!