Recently, Kit Malthouse, Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire, visited Chalkdown Cider and its founder Piotr Nahakski at their site east of Andover to congratulate him and the team on a successful year.
This summer the young company won the prestigious International Cider Challenge Trophy with their premium dry cider made using the "methode champenoise’.
Before founding Chalkdown Cider Piotr completed a study tour of the Champagne region when he came across an English cider that had undergone secondary bottle fermentation. Putting the two together he envisaged a delicate English cider made from juice that resembled more closely the juice used for fine sparkling wine than for traditional cider. It would be allowed extra long bottle ageing before its release.
The result was Chalkdown cider which takes 24 months to create from the harvesting of the apples to its release.
Kit said, “It’s wonderful for our part of Hampshire to have more and more success stories like Chalkdown Cider. Starting your own business and going it alone is brave and hard work, but the results for the area in terms of jobs and great local produce is brilliant.”