Meet the Founders
When Stephen came to the US in 2004 one of the things he missed most from his English homeland was a good quality cider. He drew on his experience in wine making to experiment with different blends of apples to create a cider he was confident that the American drinking public would enjoy.
It was when he joined forces with local apple grower Diane Kearns that the dream of producing the blend for a larger market began to take shape.
Schuurman is passionate about cider making and regularly returns to his native land to learn more about his craft. He also uses this as an excuse to watch his beloved Chelsea F.C. and the England cricket team!
Diane Kearns is a 5th generation orchardist from a German/English family that settled in the Shenandoah Valley just after the Civil War.
After her schooling, Diane returned to life on the family farm, Fruit Hill Orchard, in 1983 to be close to the land, learn from her father, and preserve the tradition. Fruit Hill now encompasses over 2000 acres and grows over 1,000,000 bushels of apples each year.
Producing hard cider is a natural step for her, and she is excited to be bringing to market a truly local product which showcases the very finest apples the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.