5 years ago we made a decision that would change our lives. You all have heard the story; quit our jobs, sell our stuff, move to Winterset. In those 5 years we turned 14 acres of pasture into a beautiful cidery and orchard for everyone to enjoy, and we made so many friends along the way.
When we opened our doors for the first time in May, 2016, we didn’t know if anyone would come through those doors. And if they did, would they like our cider? Would they be willing to try our cider? To say the least you all exceeded our expectations. You embraced us as a business and as friends. We wish we could thank each of you in person and tell you how much your friendship means to us.
This chapter of our lives was always meant to be about 5 years long, time to build the cidery and watch it grow. It is time for us to move onto our next chapter: grandparenting and full-time retirement. With mixed emotions, we have sold the cidery to a wonderful, younger couple who have the passion and energy to take Winterset Cidery to the next level. We ask that you embrace them as you did us.
So thank you all for the wonderful experiences and helping us fulfill one of our dreams!
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Winterset Cidery is nestled in the rolling hills of Madison County, Iowa, approximately 30 minutes southwest of Des Moines. This area also lists the famed “Covered Bridges of Madison County,” as well as the new John Wayne Museum among its attractions, along with several historical sites, wineries, museums, and other things to do and see.
The Cidery is the first of its kind in Iowa built in a post and beam building adjacent to its apple orchard with over 30 varieties of heirloom, cider, and dessert apple trees. The site also boasts some beautiful scenery. The spacious tasting room at the Cidery is comfortable and informal with vaulted ceilings and wood floors, or you might enjoy the view of the orchard and country side from the roomy outside deck. It’s the perfect location to enjoy a taste of the heartland with a few of your friends or for gatherings and events.