Longueville House Beverages

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"Our Story so far..."

Producers and purveyors of small batch, premium, non industrial, artisan ciders & apple brandy.

William O'Callaghan and his father Michael before him have been fermenting exceptional craft cider and distilling Ireland's only Apple Brandy for over 36 years. Using only heritage, heirloom cider apples, namely Michelin (Normandy) and Dabinett (Somerset), grown in substantial, natural orchards in the beautiful Blackwater Valley.

Cider apples differ hugely in taste from cooking, eating or dessert apples. Cider apples are naturally higher in tannins and lower in fructose, which results in a cleaner, crisper cider, and  lower in calories than commercially produced ciders. We are one of four single-origin orchards in Ireland, only using apples in our ciders from our own sustainable orchard's. A "blossom-to-bottle" ethos helps ensure sustainability, authenticity, quality, traceability, uniqueness and compliance.    It hugely compliments the estates house -Longueville House, Boutique Accommodation and Exclusive Hire property in Mallow, County Cork.

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It all started when William’s father, the late Michael O’Callaghan, planted 32 acres of sustainable cider apple orchard's in 1985. He became the first person in Ireland, outside the big three established national distillers to get a licence and so became the first person since the 1770's to reintroduce to Ireland the practice of distilling cider.
 
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Michael O'Callaghan

"Our Founding Father, a proud Corkman, an exceptional character with great passion, forsight & vision" 

A proud Cork/Irishman with a very deep fondness for his county and country, a pioneering spirit and a very passionate man about Brandy, Calvados & Cognac, Michael was the first man ever to try to grow grapes here in Ireland. He was keen to grow grapes and apples to make wine and cider and then double distill that wine and cider to make brandy and a product like Calvados (our Irish Apple Brandy).

While there was no real constituency in growing grapes, the Orchards continue to flourish and thrive and William now continues his father's vision and legacy, with the guidance of Dan Duggan - Longuevilles’ Master Distiller and Chief Cideroligist.


William and Dan have refined the ancient crafts of cider and brandy production at Longueville House. The cider and apple brandy production has been brought to another level while maintaining a natural and respectful process used by our fore fathers. That being the clean terroir, methodology and sustainability ethos- crushing, pressing, fermentation, filtration, light carbonation, pasteurisation - while using no pesticides, fungicides, insecticides in our orchards.  

 "Our expertise in fermenting exceptional cider and in distilling and maturing brandy delivers one of Ireland's best ciders and Ireland's only apple brandy. The apple brandy combines a smoothness on the palate and richness in body, with a distinct apple-sweet taste that we are immensely proud of."

William O'Callaghan

Proprietor and Chef Patron