Bartosz Gałka is one of three partner at the Polish cidery “Slow Flow Group”. Along with Łukasz Sobór, Jakub Lorek and Jakub’s father, Marcin Lorek, who makes wine and consults to this project they are helping to put Polish cider on the world map. The cidermaking tradition in Poland dates back to the 16th century, but is only recently gearing up once again.
Slow Flow Group has been making cider since 2011 and marketing it since 2014. It took 2 years to get permitted to sell cider in Poland.
I met up with Bartosz in Asturias, Spain in September of 2016 while we were both attending the International Hall of Gala Ciders.
Slow Flow Group is using apples from local orchards, with most of the trees being 70-80 years old. There is no sugar nor sulfites added to this company’s ciders.
The primary Apples used by Slow Flow Group:
- Szara – Złota Reneta
They press apples using a hydraulic press (pictured basket press). And call their large fermenter “Big Mama”!
Polish terms in cider and spelling
- Cider in Poland is spelled “Cydr”
- Kupaż – to blend cider also written as “coupage”
The Polish Craft Cider Association is: Polskie Cydry Autorskie
Where to find Slow Flow Group’s ciders:
Selling locally to wine bars and “good” restaurants, and
- Czech Republic
- and exploring Northern Spain
Bartosz says, that there “Is a Tasting Room” at the cidery.
Contact for Bartosz Gałka and Slow Flow Group
Address: Komorniki 28
Raciechowice, Poland 32-415
Bottles Artwork done by Agata Strzelecka from Warsaw
Mentions in this chat:
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