Apple cider pips wine as flavour favourite

TASMANIA is solidifying its reputation as the Apple Isle with more cider producers coming online.

The demand for cider apples is on the rise, according to Holm Oak Vineyard owner Rebecca Duffy.

"Cider in Tasmania is starting to take off. There's a whole mass of people making it," Mrs Duffy said.

"I think people are looking for a more refreshing alternative to wine or beer."

The vineyard picked up awards for its 2012 pinot gris and 2008 cabernet merlot at the Taste Festival early this month.

Mrs Duffy said she was surprised to also receive an award for the vineyard's dry cider.

"We call our cider Small Players because it's a small part of our business - wine is our main focus," Mrs Duffy said.

"There are a lot of parallels between cider and wine-making. One of the reasons we make it is because we like to drink cider."

It apparently paid off as her Holm Oak-brand cider has found its way into some Sydney restaurants.

"People are starting to know our cider, even though we don't really advertise it very much, I think it's through taking it to festivals around the state," Mrs Duffy said.

"We've taken it to the Tamar Beer Festival and will be back there again with it."

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