Longueville Artisan Produce
Longueville House has been fermenting cider and distilling Ireland's only Apple Brandy now for over 30 years. We only use heritage, heirloom cider apples namely Michelin and Dabinett grown in our orchards in the beautiful Blackwater Valley in Cork. We are only one of two single origin orchards in Ireland, using only apples from our orchard's in our Cider's.
William O Callaghan, of Longueville House, has been producing artisan cider and apple brandy for many years using a tree-to-bottle ethos, on the estate of our award winning Country House Hotel on the banks of the River Blackwater in Mallow, County Cork.
It all started when William’s father, the late Michael O’Callaghan, planted 25 acres of cider apples in 1985. A pioneering spirit, he was keen to create a product like Calvados, William now continues his father's vision and legacy, with the guidance of Dan Duggan - Longuevilles’ Master Distiller and Cider Maker.
William and Dan have refined the ancient crafts of cider and brandy production. They have brought the cider and brandy production to another level while maintaining the very natural and respectful processes of our fore fathers - crushing, pressing, fermentation, filtration, light carbonation, pasteurisation. The crop of Dabinett and Michelin apples are harvested in the autumn every year after the Harvest Moon and after first frost, once picked the apples are crushed and pressed in the Cider Mill on the estate. The pressed juice is naturally fermented over a period of time of between 2 and 6 months resulting in a rich, amber colored cider, full of character, flavour and taste. There are no added colorings, no additives, no sulphites or no preservatives used at any stage during the production and manufacturing process of the cider, and everything is done on the farm except for the bottling.
The cider is then bottled in 500ml glass and sold as Longueville House Cider. Medium-dry, with a fresh apple flavor, Longueville House Cider (5% AVB) is a gorgeously refreshing 100% natural, 100% cider, a very clean, crisp, thirst quenching cider - and as far from commercially produced ‘cider’ as can be imagined.
Our New cider, Longueville Mór (8% AVB), is the new baby of the family but is punching above its weight, a combination of our Longueville House Cider and our Apple Brandy with significantly more taste, more character, more flavor, more depth, more body,a more robust and truly delicious cider, a beautiful new and unique fortified cider.
The Longueville House Cider range has earned a reputation of quality - rapidly becoming a major hit in many restaurants and licensed premises throughout Ireland.
Coupled with our cider's, Longueville produces Ireland's only Apple Brandy, on site, The cider is double distilled in 30 year old copper pot stills to produce our Brandy which is then aged for 4 years in French Oak Red Wine Casks to allow the Brandy to develop and mature. During the maturing process, the brandy draws out the tannin's from the oak wood resulting in a brandy which is rich with the aroma of apples, yet smooth and full bodied on the palate. It is then bottled in 500ml glass and sold as Longueville House Irish Apple Brandy.
Our expertise in fermenting cider and in distlling and maturing brandy delivers one of Ireland's best ciders and a brandy that combines a unique smoothness and richness with a distinct apple-sweet taste that we are immensely proud of.