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Most of the apples for this cider come from an organic backyard orchard composed of 40-year-old Grimes Golden trees in Orient, Long Island, and the rest come from older Russet trees in an untended orchard on a family farm. They were pressed separately, with the Grimes Golden going into used barrel and the Russets in a glass demijohn. From their instagram: “What does it taste like? Tastes of a flighting summer breeze melting in the cold autumn night. The new feeling of an enduring romance that takes you deep into the love zone of life. A gateway to what you think Long Island is and can be”. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.
About Floral Terranes:
Shattering the boundaries of American wine and cider making, Floral Terranes is the unique melding of agriculture, art, and cultural preservation. Erik Longabardi and Benford Lepley draw on the hidden agricultural history of Erik's native Long Island to produce wines and ciders that are exceptional expressions of terroir. Once an epicenter of farming that supplied Manhattan with food, the landscape of Long Island was inexorably transformed in the latter part of the 20th century, as motorways carved a direct path through the Hempstead plains to the city. Farms gave way to mansions and suburban sprawl, yet the remnants were remarkably preserved, often as part of institutional landscapes (Erik and Benford found 28 apple trees at Banbury Farm, part of the Cold Spring Laboratory complex, and seminaries and monasteries are a valuable part of Floral Terranes’ “suburban terroir”.) The Floral Terranes project can also trace some of it's DNA back to the Hudson Valley, where Benford worked with Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr Cider, who is one of the key figures in New York's wild apple cider renaissance.
Central to their micro-cider thesis is the ability to inspire preservation of the land, through raising awareness of the bounty that it offers. All fruit is foraged (with landowner’s permission of course), and pressed with a simple basket press (cider) or by foot (wine), while fermentations are done with naturally occurring yeasts. Absolutely nothing is added or taken away in the cellar, and they bottle everything by hand in Erik’s garage in his 18th century home in Roslyn (true garagistes).