Jeppe Gents opened Fejø Cider in 1999. He calls himself a “cider farmer” having founded his cidery on an island 200 kilometers south of Copenhagen. You can take a 15-minute ride on a ferry to the island and visit this celebrated cidery.
Fejø is an orchard based cidery with 18 hectares or approximately 44 acres of bitter, bittersweet, culinary apples. With nearly 20 years of cidermaking knowledge Fejø Cider is established well enough that it is now Jeppe’s full time work.
The cidery has won numerous awards and is currently exporting 60% of its products to such markets as Sweden, Germany, and now the US via the Shelton Brothers Importers.
The first two pallets of cider were shipped to the Shelton Brothers in November 2016. They were ordered for Claus Meyer, the Danish gastro-entrepreneur. Meyer opened the Agern restaurant plus The Great Northern Food Hall in New York Grand Central Terminal. The Agern restaurant has got its first Michelin star now only one year after its opening, and the Food Hall has 3500 daily customers.
Currently, Fejø Cider is producing 30,000 bottles of cider per year. Only cider apples grown at the orchard are used. Jeppe uses only the natural yeast and does not chaptalize his ciders. Expect a bottle conditioned cider with soft delicate bubbles that waft up from the bottom of the glass with a rich apple aroma.
The apples are collected by hand, stored for two weeks and they use a blend of
- 30% bitter
- 30% bittersweet
- 30% sweet
- 10% acid
He attributes the low nutrient juice from his apples to providing a slow fermentation and offering the sweet profile of his ciders.
Interested in an Apprenticeship at Fejø Cider?
Contact Jeppe below as he takes apprentices from the 1st of September to the 1 of December every year.
Contact info for Fejø Cider
Address: Nivå Stationsvej 5, DK-2990 Nivå
Plantager & Produktion:
Slettervej 44, DK-4944 Fejø
Telephone: +45 6167 5622
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