Similkameen’s only cider maker racking up awards

The Similkameen Valley’s only cider maker

squeezed out two more well-deserved industry



The Similkameen Valley’s only cider maker

has squeezed out two more well-deserved industry

accolades this time at the coveted Pacific Northwest

Cider Awards.

Twisted Hills earned a pair of slivers for its

Kingston’s Twist in the Traditional Dry Cider category

and the Calville’s Winter in the Traditional

Sweet Cider category.

Kaylan Madeira said her and partner Jo Schneider

just decided “to go out on a limb and enter.”

“We knew that it would be a long shot as we

would be judged alongside prominent cider companies

some of which have been around for many,

many years. We never could have dreamed of even

placing in such an event,” she wrote in an email to

the Review.

There were 145 ciders entered from 38 cideries

from the US and Canada including Washington,

Montana, Oregon and British Columbia. A private

judging was held over a day and then the winners

announced at a festival June 6 in Seattle.

“We were both amazed and thrilled to have won

silver medals in both the categories we entered into.

It makes us feel really good to see where we are at

with our craft cider and to know that our hard work

and dedication over the years is starting to really

pay off in terms of being a young but notable cider


Twisted Hills uses only certified organic apples

in its cider.

The young cidery has had an exceptional year

after earning Best Cider at Penticton’s Fest of Ale

event. Twisted Hills then won gold in the fruit category

at the Okanagan Life Magazine Best of BC

Wine Awards.

“Our biggest aspiration is to make quality ciders

and with four awards under our belt this year we feel

that the reception to our cider had been very positive

and we love that people are enjoying it,” she said.