Putting the demand for quality back into cider, the way it was enjoyed generations ago.
America's cider history is as old as the country itself. There was a time when cider was the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the United States—when it was more common to find a farm with a cider press than without. The second U.S. president, John Adams, had a tankard of cider for breakfast every morning (or so the story goes). In those days, all cider was 'hard.'
The Wyndfall Story
Rob Fisk, founder and cidermaker of Wyndfall Cyder, was inspired to bring together his passion for sustainable farming and his love of brewing and winemaking while attending the University of Minnesota's Master's in Horticulture program.
While reflecting on how to make sustainable farms more valuable, he realized the best way to preserve the land and honor its history was to revive Americans' love of apples. And the best way to do that? By bringing back the demand for cider, the original American alcoholic beverage.
Minnesota is the birthplace of the modern apple obsession, so why can't it also be the producer some of the best cider in the world? It's time for an apple renaissance, and Wyndfall Cyder was born to pursue that end.
The journey began in late 2014, when Rob partnered with an organic orchard in Southeast Minnesota to begin producing Wyndfall ciders. In spring 2016, Wyndfall moved its operation closer to the Twin Cities, to Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard in Jordan, Minnesota. The orchard's 200+ acres provides Wyndfall the room it needs to grow, press, and ferment cider-specific apples—the key to producing the best ciders possible. Everything from growing the apples to bottling the cider is done onsite, making Wyndfall a true farm-to-table ( or 'tree-to-bottle,' as it were) operation.
Wyndfall Cyder uses the best apples and traditional methods to capture the fruit's distinct terroir and make one-of-a-kind products. We take pride in our homegrown apples and we don't use any artificial ingredients, added flavors, or concentrates. Just pure cider crafted for the discerning cider drinker.
Why the name Wyndfall?
Picking 'windfall' apples from the ground after they have fallen was historically how cider apples were harvested. This was and is still common in England, where much of cider (or 'cyder,' as it's often spelled in Britain) history originates. It is also where much of our inspiration comes from.
Our goal is to bring a love of apple trees back to the United States, and, with it, an appreciation for the bittersweet apple varieties that our American cider heritage is based on.
You can find Wyndfall Cyder in bars, restaurants, and bottle shops in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.