THE STORY BEHIND
TeePee Ciders is a boutique artisan cider producer. It grew out of a vision of making traditional West Country cider in New Zealand. Not only cider but re-creating the whole process. Firstly only West Country cider apple cultivars are used. The cider trees these are grown as standards with a grass swathe below. Grown on the free draining Wairarapa alluvial plain.
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THE LAND BEHIND
Our orchard is the result of many months searching for cider apple and perry pear trees in NZ over the last 20 years. Most are original West Country (England) varieties such as Kingston Black. Some had to be grafted as not commercially available. We want the resultant cider and perry to be as authentic as possible, and the highest quality.
The Wairarapa terroir is similar to The Three counties Climate Sheltered by the Tararua Range, the Wairarapa is a dry, warm climate. It receives up to 1,200 millimetres of rain each year, with some flooding. Annual sunshine hours average more than 1,700.
Summer weather is warm, dry and settled. Typical maximum daytime temperatures range between 20 and 28°C, sometimes rising above 30°C. Winters are cool to mild and frosts are common. . The orchard is on an old alluvial plain of free draining gravels and silt.