Guernsey is renowned for some pretty exceptional local produce. The name alone conjures up images of greenhouses full of ruby red toms basking in the sunlight and beautiful, golden cows grazing dutifully to make our inimitable butter.
But Guernsey also has a long and lesser-documented heritage of cider-making, dating back to the 16th century. The de Garis were the last of the Guernsey cider makers who stopped production in the early 1960s. A baton picked up in 2000 by James and Emma Meller of Rocquette Cider.
The company is about as intrinsically local as it’s possible to get. ‘We pride ourselves as a Channel Islands company and our connection with the island and the people is really important to us. The ingredients are grown here, we make it here and we drink it here,’ says James. Despite orders from Jersey and slightly further afield, the majority of the cider stays on the island.
Visit almost any pub, restaurant, hotel and most supermarkets on the island and you will find Rocquette shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest brands in the world. With sustainability becoming increasingly important to modern consumers, James thinks their Guernsey roots give them a competitive edge.
You can read the full interview in the April issue of Business Brief
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