The cidery at Hall Home Place is located in the scenic Hall’s Orchard of Isle La Motte. A family property since the late 1700s, the Halls have been growing apples and pears here since the orchard was started.
Starting in 1828, generations of our family have lived in the historic farmhouse until 2005 when family matriarch Mina Hall passed away. The stone house was built by Scottish stonemason, James Ritchie. The stones in the house were quarried on the island, and you can see ancient coral reef fossils in them.
In an effort to help keep the successful orchard in the family, Steve and Carol Hall Stata began restoring the house. In 2008, we opened a seasonal café in a renovated carriage barn attached to the house.
Building on the success of the café, we began experimenting with the production of ice cider in 2009. We started with three delicious varieties. Due to the immediate and positive response, our inventory was sold quickly. An expansion of the operation followed, and we tripled production in 2010 and also added a fourth variety.
In 2011, production tripled again and we offered a fifth variety.
Based on the increase in production, we grew beyond the capacity of our original facilities. So, in 2010 we restored the fruit house, located on the other side of the main house opposite the Café.
Previously, the fruit house had been used for apple packing and storage – as well as living quarters for at least one set of grandparents.
This climate-controlled facility currently houses the press equipment and fermentation/aging equipment. The lab, bottling room, and tasting room are in the main farmhouse.
You’ll find our ice cider in a number of places and venues:
Many area farmers markets
Stores throughout Grand Isle, Franklin, and Chittenden counties
Wine-tasting events through the state
Special tasting events held at the cidery
In addition, we produce a very nice apple table wine and hard cider – all made from the same sweet cider concentrate used in our ice cider.
Call us at 802-928-3091 to inquire about our current inventory of ice cider.