Daniel and Geraldine Emerson created their first craft cider blend in 2010, and Stonewell Cider was given life.
Geraldine hails from the Loire region of Northern France, where her family has been making wine for centuries. The couple’s passion to set up their own cider business came as a result of a gift of an old French press and apple mill, given to Daniel by Geraldine’s father some years ago. Stonewell’s first cider blends were created with this historic equipment, and the realisation that craft cider could be in demand from Ireland’s cider drinkers inspired the couple to keep going.
As Daniel says ‘We wanted to create a product with integrity – nothing added but time. It didn’t make sense that a country of cider drinkers had no access to a quality artisan product, especially when we have the raw ingredients on the doorstep. Why wouldn’t you go and make a great local drink that has no additives whatsoever, supports Irish apple farmers, and reduces carbon footprint’.