Chris is a descendent of Samuel Marsden (1756-1838) who at one time was the Senior Chaplain in the Colony of New South Wales. Samuel Marsden was reported to be the first person to make cider in Australia in the early 1800s. Samuel Marsden is also attributed with planting the first apple and pear trees in New Zealand in 1819 at Kerikeri *
From that time, fruit growing remained in branches of the family.
Chris grew up on a mixed farming operation at Westbury in Northern Tasmania. He started trialing various processes for cider after talking to his father-in-law (Richard Turfrey) about his own cider and fruit wine production.
* One of the original pear tree’s still survives
Contact Chris 0418 381839
Caroline is a descendent of William Turfrey who established himself at an orchard at Grove (in the Huon Valley, Tasmania) around 1933.
At its peak, the property produced 25,000 ‘Canadian’ boxes of apples to market. Needless to say, from the apples that were not shipped or sent to factories, some cider for ‘home’ consumption was produced. Caroline has fond memories of tasting her Dad’s ‘infamous’ cider at the odd social event in the Huon valley.
Members of the family remain on the family property in the Huon although they are no longer producing apples.
Caroline has successfully completed WSET Level 2 in Wines and Spirits.
Contact Caroline 0431 010 300