Door Peninsula Winery has ventured into cider making with the release of four varieties: Cherry Mimosa, Perry, Modern Cider and Heritage Cider. All four are exclusively made with Door County-grown apples and cherries or Wisconsin-grown pears.
“It’s a return to Carlsville’s roots,” said head Door Peninsula Winemaker Allan Hyland. “Before prohibition, Carlsville produced more than 50,000 gallons of cider a year from leftover apples from the abundant orchards. It’s time to revive that tradition.”
Hyland is reviving the tradition in particular with his Heritage Cider, which is made in a pre-Prohibition style using only apple varieties that were grown in Door County in the early 1900s. Modern Cider is its counterpart, using the same heritage apples blended with Honeycrisp. Cherry Mimosa is a sparkling apple cider made with tart Door County cherry juice. Perry, is made from 100 percent Wisconsin-grown Asian pears and traditionally styled like Heritage.
Door Peninsula Winery’s ciders can be sampled for free any day in their tasting room, located on Highway 42 in Carlsville. Tastings of their full line of award-winning wines are held daily, year round. For more information visit DCWine.com.