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Spirit Tree Estate Cidery celebrates 10th anniversary in Caledon

October 3, 2019   ·   0 Comments

Written By MARK PAVILONS

A decade of dedication has created something very special in rural Caledon.

Spirit Tree Estate Cidery celebrated its milestone 10th anniversary last week.

This now iconic business has attracted visitors across the GTA and beyond, who visit the area to sample Spirit Tree’s signature ciders, or pick apples in the orchard. Owner and proprietor, Thomas Wilson, believes Spirit Tree’s success over the past 10 years is due to the fact they stayed true to the mission of creating the highest quality ciders, breads and foods, using traditional methods and local products.  

Mayor Allan Thompson presented Wilson with a certificate and took part in some unique photos to mark the occasion.

Wilson said he knew the cidery had potential, but they didn’t know at the beginning just how popular it would become.

“We hoped our idea would be successful and our goal was to make Spirit Tree unique and different. Ten years later, we’re excited to still be around!”

Spirit Tree offers their top 5 ciders available year-round – state Reserve, traditional Draught, Dry Hopped, Perry and Apple Lager. This time of year they have their Pumpkin Cider and they just announced an Iced Cider, along with a 10th Anniversary Limited Reserve Cider. 

They have apple picking for the public and currently they have honey crisp, gala, Cortland and Macintosh varieties available. They run guided tours every weekend during the summer and fall.

In the Bistro, they have a seasonal menu and they just launched their fall menu.

“We are proud to say that over 80% of the ingredients are locally sourced from other family-run businesses like ours,” Wilson said.

Spirit Tree is a shining example of the potential of agri-food businesses.

Wilson said there is still “tons of potential in the industry.

“We need to continue to educate government at all levels about the demand and need for this type of industry. Speaking from personal experience, we need to reform planning and bylaws to make it easier for this type of business to open and become profitable.”

Spirit Tree was recently featured on the Food Network’s Big Food Bucket List with John Catucci and on Breakfast Television for the “Top Three Butter Tarts in the Region.”

The cidery has won more than 15 provincial and national awards for their cider. The 46-acre orchard boasts more than 2,500 apple trees planted by hand.

For more, visit  www.spirittreecider.com. 



         

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