Crowned over the Jubilee weekend, Old Monty Cider received champion status at the Welsh Cider and Perry Championships held at Caldicott Castle, Chepstow.
The award holds stringent criteria; drinks can only be produced using 100% fresh pressed fruit with no added water, flavourings, or sweeteners. Impressively Old Monty Cider is the first and thus far the only company awarded P.G.I status.
After a challenging few years with little to no customer and peer feedback, it was a boost to the company's morale to win the awards. Coming in gold in the dry cider and oak-matured classes, silver for their sweet perry and bronze for the medium cider Old Monty Cider is delighted with the achievement.
Running as a blind taste competition, judging was carried out by all the attending Welsh producers. After Old Monty Ciders' great success hopefully, other Welsh producers will be inspired to apply for P.G.I. status, as this is the highest standard of quality for cider and perry anywhere in the world.