About the Producer
Sidra del Sur? Yep, you read it right...cider not from Asturias or País Vasco but from the south grown at 2000m of altitude in the Granada province of Andalucía. To our knowledge, Manuel Moreno and Sara Bertani are producing sidra exclusively from local and endemic apples up in the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada at the brink of extinction. We've been after estate bottled cider for a few years now and everybody's argument has been the same, "why would we grow our own apples if we can import them at a cheaper cost?" What these people maybe don't understand is that importers like us are willing to pay a bit of a premium for something with identity.
Located in the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, Manuel and Sara recovered an old orchard preserving ancient varieties while planting around 500 more trees with wild foraged varieties, mostly prunus malus. The farming is done organically and harvest is done by horse as the slopes and terrain make it impossible to access with any other type of vehicle. The cider is made without additives of any kind and is 100% natural. The fact that most of what they make is sparkling keeps the essence alive and intact. As the name implies, Ancestral 2017 is a pet-nat. Quimera 2009 is a base from 2009 re-fermented in bottle with must from 2017. Ya heard?
Manuel Moreno and Sara Bertani are producers making cider exclusively from local and endemic apples up in the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada at the brink of extinction.