Interview with Simon Wright, Napoleone Cider

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Vintage Cellars
February 16, 2017
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Simon has been part of the Napoleone Cider team for over a decade. He tells us about the Napoleone family, and how they produce their cider.

"That’s what we love about our product – it’s family owned."

Simon tells us, "The Napoleone family migrated from Italy in 1927 and since then have established orchards and now Joe and Michael Napoleone created a very successful apple growing business. So in 2008 we created the label Napoleone Cider."

"What we’re trying to capture is the flavour of the fruit that goes into our ciders."

"The variety of apples that we use for our Napoleone Cider’s are Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Fuji and Sundowner apples," says Simon. "Granny Smith gives us a little more acidity, and Pink Lady’s a little more sweetness and some tannin."

"It’s all about purity of fruit and elegance."

"It’s not all about fruit sweetness, or acidity. It’s about balance, but I think it’s an exciting time because we’re taking old traditions and reinterpreting or reinventing those traditions and putting it into the bottle to enjoy today."