Gabriola Island: just a short ferry ride from downtown Nanaimo
At the top of hill, where the pavement ends,
a delightful cider filled excursion begins.
It's still a little chilly on this early spring afternoon.
The Bees are still asleep in their hives.
Blossom time and a very busy honey bee gathering nectar.
Can you spot the tiny mason bee?
Young “Kingston Black” in the nursery, waiting to be planted.
A Chinese proverb goes like this “The best time to plant a tree
was 20 years ago. The second best time is today”
planted 200 trees today and another 200 trees will be
planted tomorrow..we're making up for those past 20 years.
Our orchard culture uses lady bugs and other beneficial
insects to control aphids. “Aphid” a tiny little sap-sucking pest
that will destroy the leafs on a apple tree.
Bon appetit Ms Ladybug.
The glorious “Ashmead Kernnel” ripening in the summer sun.
This old time cider apple variety will lend some wonderful
spicy notes in our cider
The early autumn sun kisses the lovely " Belle de Bosk”
causing her to blush
Who could honestly blame Eve?
It takes great apples to make a great cider…
Belle de boskoop and Winesap apples start their journey to
become an exceptional cider.
Cider apples are sorted and plunged into a water bath.
For cider makers its the bad apples that rise to the top.
Apples get crushed and feed into a belt press.
After the juice is extracted, the pomace slips neatly off the press.
The other end of the press the juice flows into a holding tank…truly the nectar of the Gods
When winter arrives the cider is nicely settled into tanks,
where the next several months of aging will shape their flavour
Quality will always be our number 1 priority.
Gabbies Real Dry cider - Simple and Sensational
This crisp and complex cider will accentuate the cumin,
coriander and exotic spices in either a Indian or Thai Curry.
Gabbies Semi Dry - Perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.
The full body fruitiness of this cider will complement any dish
from roasted root vegetables to a seafood chowder.
We welcome you to drive up that winding country
road and visit us.