BlackBird Cider Works is proud to be Niagara County’s sole craft hard cider producer. Nestled on a beautiful farm overlooking Lake Ontario, we produce hard ciders made from apples grown in our own orchard. We boast a variety of ciders ranging from dry to sweet, including some made from certified organic apples. Our on-property tasting room is open seven days a week, offering samples of our current craft cider selection, as well as bottle sales. Stop by the cidery for a tasting, grab some BlackBird merchandise, and discover why we’re Western New York’s premier craft cider producer.
Winery Acreage: 25 acres
Winery Production: 20,000 / 9L cases
Varietals Produced: Gold Rush, Enterprise, Somerset Redstreak, Jonagold, Cortland, Gala, Mc Instosh, Liberty, Royal Empire, etc…..25 types in total.
Winemaker: Kristin Gregory
We Grow Our Own Apples !
BlackBird Cider Works apples come from their own commercial orchard (Donovan Orchards) and are located on the property with the cidery operation. The 37.5 acre property has approximately 25 acres of planted orchards and produces 25 varieties of apples including classic American varieties (Empire, Jonagold, Cortland), as well as English and American cider apples. The orchard is one of just a few commercial orchard operations in New York State that produces certified organic apples. They currently have 14,000 trees planted.
In addition to the apples being used for BlackBird’s hard cider, they are also sold commercially to the fresh, processing and juice markets.