St Ronans Cider

St Ronan's Cider is a collaboration between friends Eric Driessan and Troy Jones. After countless trials and many a late night 'testing session' we have produced a distinct Australian style of cider that is quite unique. We have used traditional technical processes that are associated with the production of outstanding sparkling wine and Champagne to create St Ronan's range of Methode Traditionale Ciders.

  • Address:
    11 Garnook Grove
    Badger Creek, 3777
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  • Produce:
    Beer, Cider & Mead
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    Have visit/buy premises
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The Driessen family have been growing fruit in the Yarra Valley for over 25 years now, specialising in the growing of seasonal berries and the production of blueberry still, sparkling and fortified wines.

At St Ronan's Cider we make Methode Traditionale Apple Cider, Methode Traditionale Pear Cider and special release 'Reserve Ciders'. Stay in touch for our seasonal events.

Opening Hours

Thu-Mon: 10am to 5pm

Trails passing through St Ronans Cider Stops

Yarra Valley Cider & Ale Trail

The history of beer in the Yarra Valley is believed to go back to the early 1800's when growing hops was a major farming activity in the region. Whilst hop farms have disappeared today except for the odd hop kiln remains, the craft breweries in the Yarra Valley are working hard to make sure beer remains an important part of the Yarra Valley's past, present and future. The Yarra Valley is also one of Victoria's oldest cider regions and was the birthplace of Australian Methode Traditionale cider. Records show cider production by Mac's Lilydale Cider from as early as 1934. Proprietor and cider maker George McGowan purchased "Olinda Park" in 1932 with cider in mind- the property was already home to rare cider apples from Devon stock. In the same year, McGowan converted an old packing shed into a cidery. The first pressing of apples was in March 1934 and the cidery produced carbonated cider and a 10 per cent alcoholic cider named Lilydale Cider - the biggest sales of which were to motorists at the weekends. The business was eventually sold in 1961 and George McGowan retired to the Mornington Peninsula. In the 1960s Darren Kelly, of Kellybrook Winery, home of Kelly Brothers Cider, travelled through Europe and studied artisan cider making, then began producing Methode Traditionale cider in the late 1960's, the only one in the country at the times. In 1938 George McGowan was convinced that cider had a big future in the Yarra Valley and now with a growing number of cider producers and hundreds of apple orchards in the region, the Yarra Valley is once again making its name for cider.