James Marsden & Helen Woodman bought Gregg’s Pit at Much Marcle, Herefordshire in 1992. The title deeds showed that the cottage and traditional orchard had been present since 1785 but had suffered years of neglect, so James began identifying the many varieties of cider apple and perry pear trees and planting new ones. The Gregg’s Pit is a marl pit in one of the orchards, from which it is said the lime mortar was made to point the stonework of the 13th century church of St Bartholomew at Much Marcle, and it gives its name to an indigenous variety of perry pear (the Gregg’s Pit) of which several magnificent 250 year old specimens and new plantings can be seen around the small holding.
Established in 1994, Gregg’s Pit Cider & Perry is an award winning, artisan producer of Herefordshire cider and perry made from 100% juice of the fruit from local traditional standard orchards. We specialise in perry, winning 12 Big Apple Champion Perry awards between 1996 and 2010, CAMRA’s UK Gold Champion Perry 2008, and CAMRA’s West Midlands Gold Champion Perry 2009 and 2010. Our product range includes draught, bottled conditioned ‘Normandy method’ and in bottle fermented ciders and perries, all of which carry Protected Geographic Indications (PGI) and conform to the approved specification for ‘Herefordshire cider’ and ‘Herefordshire perry’. Gregg’s Pit Cider & Perry features in CAMRA’s ‘Good Cider Guide’, the Herefordshire Cider Route, James Crowden’s award-winning book ‘Ciderland’ (Birlinn, 2008), and James Russell’s ‘The Naked Guide to Cider’ (Tangent Books, 2010).
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