From the orchard to the press
When we arrive at the hamlet of Sept Forges we easily find Les Martellière, a typical Normandy farm dating from the early 20th century. It has a large steep roof and thick walls, the visible stones surrounded by elegant geraniums.
Valérie welcomes us at the entrance to the cider house with a big smile. As the weather is set fair, we are lucky to be able to start the tour with a walk around the orchard. Here we find several varieties of apple and pear trees, the fruits of which are harvested between September and October and then pressed to collect the juice.
Then, Valérie takes us inside the building to see the press and the vats. Once the fruit has been sorted, washed and dried, they are crushed complete with the skin and pips. The mash is then pressed to extract the juice which is placed in the vats and left to ferment. Normandy cider and perry are both made in the same way.