About Us

 

We, the Maloney family—Terry, Judith, and Field—began making hard cider commercially in 1984. We’d been making cider for ourselves and friends for years before that. We moved to rural Western Massachusetts from Northern California in 1972, bang into Apple Country. Though we didn’t find grapes for our year’s supply of wine, instead we found a living, pleasurable tradition. Our neighbors had been fermenting for generations, using their own apples and those they gleaned from nearby favorite trees. We started doing the same, but applied California winemaking techniques to this seasonal Yankee tradition.

Apple Bins: Last pick, Wheel-View Orchard, Shelburne, MA. Harvest 2012. FIELD MALONEY

Last pick, Wheel-View Orchard, Shelburne, MA. Harvest 2012.
FIELD MALONEY

Mike Barnes on the Reine de Pommes, Catamount Hill Orchard. JIM LANGONE

Mike Barnes on the Reine de Pommes, Catamount Hill Orchard.
JIM LANGONE

Jake Bassett cleaning tanks with some canine assistance. ABE LOOMIS

Jake Bassett cleaning tanks with some canine assistance.
ABE LOOMIS

We were impressed by the variety and complexity of ciders that could be made from differing blends of apples and cellaring techniques. We decided that cider—a beverage long forgotten except in hill counties and countries—deserved another chance. There was no commercial market for cider: for most it was unknown, for some a distant memory. We fermented our first vintage for sale in ’84, becoming the first U.S. winery to specialize in hard cider. Time for a CIDER REVIVAL!

Judith Maloney and her wheel-barrow, Catamount Hill Orchard, harvest 2007. JIM LANGONE

Judith Maloney and her wheel-barrow, Catamount Hill Orchard, harvest 2007.
JIM LANGONE

Field Maloney and West County Cider attack dog Snowball Jr. at the birch grove on the edge of the Catamount Hill Orchard, Colrain, MA. ABE LOOMIS

Field Maloney and West County Cider attack dog Snowball Jr. at the birch grove on the edge of the Catamount Hill Orchard, Colrain, MA.
ABE LOOMIS

Terry Maloney picking Baldwins, harvest 2007, Catamount Hill Orchard. JIM LANGONE

Terry Maloney picking Baldwins, harvest 2007, Catamount Hill Orchard.
JIM LANGONE

For 30 years now we have made cider. Pine Hill Orchards in our town presses our fruit. We grow five acres of cider apples. Starting with 100 cases in 1984, we made more than 2000 last year. We still ferment and bottle our ciders in the cellar of our farmhouse—we are still small. But we are proud of how widely our ciders are celebrated.