VERGER HEMMINGFORD (known before as La Face Cachée de la Pomme / Domaine Neige), is a terroir where apples abound amid the cold temperatures of mid-winter.
The history of the cidery is full of twists and inspiring. After a successful social fundraising campaign on Kickstarter , the pionnier couple continues its mission to produce the finest of Quebec’s culture… as an apple in a can or a bottle.
VERGER HEMMINGFORD is the creative innovative cidery, deeply rooted in the local terroir of Quebec and its contemporary life. Since 1994, it is here that the apple is transformed to its best.
THE FOUNDER’S VISION
François Pouliot acquired in 1994 a stone house dating from 1842. Located in Hemmingford, the heritage property is surrounded by an old orchard. As a young producer of film and video clips, François initially wanted to continue his work in the city while exploiting – just for fun – his agricultural land. Initially, he wanted to produce wine …
But in collaboration with Christian Barthomeuf, the inventor of the ice cider recipe, François participated in the making and development of the first recognized techniques for producing ice cider in Quebec and around the world.
A visual artist, Stéphanie Beaudoin met François in Montreal in 1998, falls under the spell of the man… and … his cider! Soon, the couple abandons the milieu artistique to devote themselves entirely to the new cidery.
VERGER HEMMINGFORD, birthplace of ice cider in the world
Inspired by the production of ice-wines and the unique climate of Quebec, ice cider is the exclusive product from the Quebec terroir. Extremely cold winter temperatures are required to obtain the concentration of sugars that are essential to the production of ice-cider.
François Pouliot collaborated to develop the two processes now recognized by a reserved appelation: the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for Quebec Ice Cider: cryoconcentration (juice freezes outside) and cryoextraction (the apple freezes while on the tree). In both cases, the concentration of sugars in the apples must be produced only by the natural cold of the winter.
Below pic: @Ogariepy 2017
Distributed in Quebec since spring 2019
LE CIDRE - Original - Verger Hemmingford
A crackling cider in a can
LE CIDRE – Orginal – Verger Hemmingford is a ready-to-drink cider. Well made, sparkling and above all, ultra-refreshing, lively and light in the mouth, it is consumed alone or with a meal. It is made exclusively from Quebec McIntosh apples. Our fruit is all hand-picked. From freshly squeezed juice, it is then prepared and packaged on site. As a vegan production, it is naturally gluten-free. Content 18 g/L of residual sugar.
355 ml, 5% alc./vol.
Available in Quebec in selected convenience and grocery stores and soon, in the SAQ, Check exactly where with the map at the bottom of this page.
LE CIDRE - Raspberry - Verger Hemmingford
A crackling cider in a can
LE CIDRE – Raspberry – Verger Hemmingford is a ready-to-drink cider. Well made, sparkling and above all, ultra-refreshing, lively and light in the mouth, it is consumed alone or with a meal. Flavoured with raspberry, this cider is made from hand-picked Quebec McIntosh apples. Made from freshly squeezed juice, LE CIDDRE is then fermented and packaged on site. As a vegan production, it is naturally gluten-free. Content 21 g/L of residual sugar.
355 ml can, 5% alc./vol.
Available in Quebec in selected convenience, grocery stores and SAQ. Check exactly where with the map at the bottom of this page.
LE CIDRE TRANQUILLE Verger Hemmingford
A spring cider
During the warmer weather of later winter, we harvest the sugars that are still trapped in the ice blocks from the production of ice cider to make this time, a vinified dry cider. This still cider is comparable to a good white wine. Fruity, lively and fresh, and from vegan production, LE CIDRE Tranquille is also naturally gluten-free.
250 ml can, 12% alc./vol.
Will be available in Quebec for Spring 2020 in SAQ.
LE CIDRE MOUSSEUX Verger Hemmingford
A Festive cider
A semi-dry cider made from fresh apples hand-picked. LE CIDRE Mousseux is produced following the Traditional Method “champenoise” (second fermentation in bottle). This festive cider is dosed with Verger Hemmingford ice cider, making it a wholly-unique product. It offers a delicate balance between sugar and acidity. The whole is limpid. Its tiny bubble pleasure persists in the mouth. Ideal for any occasion, from vegan production, Le CIDRE Mousseux is again, naturally gluten-free.
750 ml, 7.5% alc./vol
Available in Quebec in SAQ for 2020.
LE CIDRE de GLACE - Autumn harvest -Verger Hemmingford
80 apples in each bottle!
Produced since 1994, LE CIDRE de Glace Autumn harvest is produced on the property of Verger Hemmingford. It was the first ice cider to be marketed in Quebec and around the world. In the fall, apples are hand-picked very ripe and kept cool until the end of December. Once winter arrives, the fruit is pressed. This juice is placed outside to freeze in the cold weather of Quebec’s January. By crystallizing, the water in the juice separates from the sugars. This is called natural cryoconcentration. After a few days of intense cold, the concentrated must, representing a quarter of the initial amount of juice, is collected by gravity. This nectar is then placed in stainless steel tanks, where it ferments for at least 6 months at low temperature, before finally being bottled. The attack of the cider in the mouth is tasty and mellow, persistent and tense. It is a fiesta of balance between sugar and acidity. You must try it with a cheese platter. From a vegan production, LE CIDRE de Glace Autumn harvest is also naturally gluten-free.
375 ml, 11% alc./vol.
Available in Quebec in SAQ by the end of Autumn 2019.
LE CIDRE de GLACE - Winter harvest - Verger Hemmingford
A dessert in itself!
LE CIDRE de Glace Winter harvest is truly exceptional. It is only produced from varieties of apples that do not fall off the trees in the fall. Hand-picked between December and January, when the temperature is around -15 °C, the fruit still hanging on the trees is dehydrated by the sun and literally cooked by the cold and the wind. Sugars are concentrated in the fruit this time, through natural cryoextraction. Frozen apples are then pressed to extract the precious nectar. The extracted must is then placed in stainless steel tanks where it ferments for a period of approximately eight months, at low temperatures, before being bottled. Each vintage is unique. We often find notes of exotic fruits and candy. It’s a dessert in itself! The “Winter harvest” ice cider is wonderful with foie gras or a cheese platter. From a vegan production, LE CIDRE de Glace Winter harvest is naturally gluten-free.
375 ml, 12% alc./vol.
Available in Quebec in SAQ for Autumn 2020 if Winter allows.
LE GIN de POMME Verger Hemmingford
An exceptional spirit
LE GIN de Pomme is made in small batches, on location, at the Verger Hemmingford cidery. It is a unique spirit because it comes from an assemblage made with apple water recovered from the production of our ice cider. In the end, this flavoured gin reveals a refined and unique taste thanks to a selection of Quebec wild herbs that we infused and then distilled: juniper berries, melilot, white spruce and lichen. Made from a vegan production, this apple gin is also gluten-free.
500 ml, 43% alc./vol.
Available in Quebec in SAQ in 2020.
VERGER HEMMINGFORD already enjoys an exceptional reputation in Quebec and elsewhere in the world. The founding couple never stopped innovating. In the last twenty years, they have received more than 150 awards and distinctions for the quality of their cider, for innovation and for helping to promote Québec’s culture and terroir internationally.
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LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL
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PRESS REVIEW (1998-2012)
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ANDREA IMMER, 2004
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QUEBEC'S ROUTE DES VINS
ABILL ZACHARKIW, THE GAZETTE, 2014
WE WILL REOPEN OUR CIDERY TO THE PUBLIC IN 2020
The cidery is located 45 minutes south of Montreal, in the Montérégie.
Take a tour of our facilities and enjoy the ciders of the VERGER HEMMINGFORD cidery to grasp the full extent of this exciting adventure that has lasted for almost 25 years.
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617, Route 202 East Hemmingford (Quebec), Canada, J0L 1H0
t. 450 247-3533
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