Our Location and Our Facilities
Our setting is a 51-acre ranch. Primary assets on the property include a commercial office (approx. 4,000 sq. ft.), a climate controlled winery production area (approx. 3800 sq. ft.), hay shed, apple orchards, pastures, walking trails and a 4 acre stocked farm pond. A recent acquisition has added a 100+ year old residence with 7 outbuildings -- almost all of them featuring heart-of-pine wood siding, and collectively evoking a nostalgic agrarian aesthetic. This recent addition is expected to allow for the planned expansion of our business as described in this document. The contiguous property sits about 5 miles directly off US I-26 and less than 1 mile from SC Scenic Highway (State Highway 11).
Our farm has a newly planted apple orchard consisting of over 40 varieties of heirloom Cider apples and nearly 600 heirloom cider apple trees total. Cox Orange Pippin, Ashmead Kernel, Dabinett, Winesap, Hewes Crab Apples and Wickson Crab Apples and Perry Pear trees. We also have Old style Concord Grapes, Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries.
We’ll strategically supplement with apples and juice from states all across the US – to make sure we get apples from all of the major cider producing areas in the country (including the northwest, Northern Michigan, Northeast and the Western NC/VA area. For the first 3 years -- we will be sourcing raw product from apple orchards in the Mountain Rest/Long Creek area of South Carolina. Developing our own apple production in-house fits logically into our brand image of a sustainable, self-contained “artisan” ranch operation that does not need to rely on large-scale partners. We want our guests to enjoy the experience of the working farm, and that experience is enhanced by the presence of actual working orchards. We are nature conservatives. The water used to wash the apples is recycled and stored to use on watering the apple trees. Growing the “Cider apples” in the orchards here gives us the independent, artisan, “anti-corporate” image that is essential to our positioning strategy. It also helps create a sustainable distinction.