Some people like to go to breweries. Others like to go to vineyards and go wine tasting. Personally, we like to go to the Cider Route in Normandy. Don’t get us wrong, beer and wine are great too but you just can’t beat cider from one of the places with the best apple orchards in the world. Seriously, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Normandy cider is naturally fermented using the yeasts that exist on the peels of the apples. The process is similar to the one used in the making of champagne, where the juice is fermented twice and has the option of being on the dry side or on the sweet side. Unlike most American ciders that tend to taste like beer with a sweetener, the taste of apple really dominates in Normandy ciders.
If the idea of crisp, fresh cider wasn’t already enough to sway us to take this route, the perfectly picturesque views certainly are. The Cider Route takes you to the heart of Pays d’Auge where twenty cider, calvados and pommeau producers welcome you with open arms. Who wouldn’t want to walk through landscapes that look like postcards while sipping on some sweet cider?