At Paynter’s Cider we’re trying to make the best cider in New Zealand and one day, the best cider in the world.

Our wine industry has already proven that’s possible. In Hawke’s Bay we have a wonderful climate, rich fertile soils and abundant water – it’s apple growing paradise. We know we can grow the best apples, so why can’t we make the best cider?

Great cider can’t be made in 6 weeks, like some commercial guys do. It needs at least 6 months in the bottle, and a year is better still.

Try Paynter’s Cider and let us know how we’re going.

Our formula is simple:

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Cider how it should be

Varieties

At Paynter’s Cider we grow Kingston Black, Stoke Red, Tremlett’s Bitter, Broxwood Foxwhelp, Sidero, Slack Ma Girdle, Chisel Jersey, Bordes, Sweet Alford, Bisquet, C’hero ru Bihan, Fuero Rous and a whole lot besides.

They are all terrible to grow; upright, biennial, small, generally foul tasting, set poor crops and fall on the ground 2 weeks before they are ripe.

Not many people will follow me in planting these apples. It’s too hard and apple juice concentrate is really cheap.

People

Paul

I’m a 5th generation fruit grower and cider nut.  It’s my job to grow exceptional fruit…and to pay the bills.

Trevor

Paynter’s cider is made under contract by the good guys at Linden Estate in Eskdale. “Go with Trevor” we were told, “He’s fearless”. We did and he is. Trevor gave up his trade to pursue his passion for wine; initially working for free, just to get experience.

Nicola

Nicola is an international traveller, CRI technician, winery lab technician, sailor and student nurse. Don’t ask me to explain. Without her technical knowhow, great palate and enduring friendship, Paynter’s Cider wouldn’t exist. In the beginning there was only my idea and Nicola’s knowhow. It took about 4 years trialling stuff in the back shed before the first commercial batch made in 2013.

Jodie

Is a ‘world famous in New Zealand’ actress, mother of two and enthusiastic cider convert. In the acting world you need a great personality, an irresistible pitch and the ability to take rejection well – that’s also perfect for her role in Sales & Marketing in the greater Auckland area. Email Jodie@paynterscider.co.nz

Brett

Brett – My brother in law Brett at Giddyup Illustration and Design has done all the art Paynter’s Cider. He can doodle like you wouldn’t believe.

History

The Paynters arrived in NZ from the English West Country in 1841.

Soon thereafter, we started growing apples, firstly on the main road in Stoke, then, since 1904, just outside Hastings. We’re now the largest family-owned fruit company in NZ, farming more than 700 hectares. We’re probably best known for the ‘Yummy’ brand of fruit which we launched in 1974.

In 2006 I saw some cider apples in a garden centre and it got me to thinking. Winemakers always say ‘great wine is made in the vineyard’ and if that’s so, then great cider is made in the orchard. So I bought and planted the trees, then set about sourcing every cider apple I could find in New Zealand.

Once we had fruit Nicola and I started fermenting, and fermenting, and fermenting – about 20 apple varieties, a dozen yeasts, cool ferments, warm ferments, wild ferments…and now we know almost nothing, which is some progress.

The Paynter’s Cider brand wasn’t developed by some fancy pants design house. Each bottle has my name and my family crest on it. I figure if I stake the family reputation on it, I’ll be under a little bit of pressure to produce something exceptional.

Orchards

Paynters have grown apples for about 150 years, so we know what we’re doing.

We use Integrated Fruit Production (IFP) techniques that use predator insects, pheromones and monitoring of pest populations. It’s all about meddling so you can avoid spraying and generally it works pretty well. The only serious problem we battle is the blackspot disease (a.k.a. apple scab or Venturia inaequalis).

Thankfully a few spotty apples don’t worry the cider drinker so we cut a few corners on this as well.

Stockists

Auckland

The Village Winery

417 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden

Matakana Liquor Centre

993 Matakana Rd, Matakana

Super Liquor Albany

276 Dairy Flat Highway, Albany Village

Super Liquor Greenlane

396 Great South Road

Kowhai Liquor Centre

22 Whittakers Rd, Warkworth

The Lumsden Freehouse

444-448 Kyber Pass, Newmarket

Wine Circle

Shop 2, 329a SH16, Huapai

Bacchus, Upland Village

618 Remuera Rd

Mt Eden Liquor

110c Mt Eden Rd

Blanc

130 Lincoln Rd, Henderson

New World Birkenhead

180 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead

Stafford Rd Wine Bar

141 Queen Street, Northcote Point

Millar & Co

419 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers

Golden Dawn

134B Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

El Borracho

6 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Farro Fresh

34 Westmoreland Street West (behind Mitre 10), Grey Lynn

Farro Fresh

80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington

Hawke's Bay

Hastings City New World

Havelock North New World

St Georges Restaurant

Valley d'Vine Restaurant at Linden Estate

Greenmeadows New World

Maina Cafe & Bistro

2 Havelock Rd, Havelock North

Bistronomy

40 Hastings St, Napier

Wellington

Regional Wines & Spirits

15 Ellice St - opposite the Basin Reserve

Avida Bar

132 Featherston St

Thorndon New World

150 Molesworth St, Thorndon

Waikato

Scenic Cellars

114 Spa Road, Taupo

Super Liquor Hillcrest

132 Cambridge Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton

Manawatu

Village Inn Kitchen

358-360 Albert St, Palmerston North

Liquorland Albert St

105 Albert St, Palmerston North

Canterbury

Fresh Choice Parklands

60 Queenspark Drive, Christchurch

The Beer Library

18/363 Colombo St, Sydenham, Christchurch

Buy

Freight to anywhere in NZ that Toll will deliver is $7.95 (+ $5.00 for rural) per order. Min order 1 case (12 bottles).
For trade enquiries, please call Paul on 021 242 8264 or email: paul@paynterscider.co.nz

case of 12

$119.88

Paynter’s Pilgrim's Dry

750mL

case of 12

$81.00

Paynter's Cider Reserve

500mL

case of 12

$81.00

Paynter’s Pilgrim's Dry

500mL

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For feedback contact Paul Paynter

021 242 8264 / paul@paynterscider.co.nz

For trade enquiries contact

Freephone: 0800 WINECO (946 326) / Email: sales@sacredhill.com / Customer Service hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5pm