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
The crackling cider in a can
LE CIDRE – Original – Verger Hemmingford is a «ready-to-drink» type of cider. Well made, sparkling and above all, ultra-refreshing. It is lively and light in the mouth. It can be consumed alone or – why not? – with a sandwich. Good to know: LE CIDRE Original is made exclusively from Quebec McIntosh apples, all hand-picked. It is also made from freshly squeezed juice (never from concentrated!) Fermentation and canning are done on site. Finally, all our ciders are vegan and gluten-free. Content 18 g/L of residual sugar, making it one of the driest «ready-to-drink» ciders on the Quebec market.
355 ml, 5.5 % alc./vol.
Available in Quebec in selected convenience and grocery stores. Check exactly where with the map at the bottom of this page. As for SAQ, check on SAQ.com (product number +14250174).
LE CIDRE - Raspberry - Verger Hemmingford
A crackling cider in a can
LE CIDRE – Raspberry – Verger Hemmingford is a «ready-to-drink» type of cider. Well made, sparkling and above all, ultra-refreshing. Flavoured with natural raspberry essence, it is lively and light in the mouth. It can be consumed alone or – why not? – with a sandwich. Good to know: LE CIDRE Raspberry is mainly made from Quebec McIntosh apples, all hand-picked. It is also made from freshly squeezed juice (never from concentrated!) Fermentation and canning are done on site. Finally, all our ciders are vegan and gluten-free. Content 21 g/L of residual sugar, making it one of the driest «ready-to-drink» ciders on the Quebec market.
355 ml can, 5.5% alc./vol.
Available in Quebec in selected convenience and grocery stores. Check exactly where with the map at the bottom of this page. As for SAQ, check on SAQ.com (product number +14250182).
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.
255 ml can, 12% alc./vol.
Will be available in Quebec for Spring 2020 in SAQ.
LE CIDRE Fermier - Verger Hemmingford
A wild cider
A dry cider made from fresh wild apples hand-picked in Hemmingford. LE CIDRE Fermier is produced following the traditional method (second fermentation in the bottle). Like all our ciders, it is vagan and gluten-free.
Very limited production. More details to come.
750 ml, 7.5% alc./vol
Will be available in Quebec in selected grocery stores for Spring 2020.
LE CIDRE de Glace - Verger Hemmingford
Certified Protected geographical indication (PGI)
Produced since 1994, LE CIDRE de Glace Verger Hemmingford, autumn harvest 2018, is mainly made from Quebec’s famous macIntosh apple. Since 1994, it has been the “signature” variety of the cidery. 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.
Enjoy LE CIDRE de Glace now, served cold, with a cheese platter. The aromas of apple, pear and cardamom as well as the intense flavours of apricot combine beautifully with the biting acidity, so characteristic of the ciders of the estate. After opening, this bottle can be stored in the fridge for three months.
LE CIDRE de Glace is also vagan and gluten-free. Limited edition: 15 000 btls.
375 ml, 11% alc./vol.
Available in Quebec in selected convenience and grocery stores. As for SAQ, check on SAQ.com (product number +14378160)
LE GIN de Pomme - Verger Hemmingford
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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JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL
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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
Get yourself a t-shirt with the effigy of “VERGER HEMMINGFORD – Since 1994”. Made from local manufacturing, our t-shirts are made in Montreal. They are made in soft and thin cotton with a semi-ajuted cut. Available in all sizes. $30 CA (delivery included in Quebec).