Riley’s cidery sits amongst nearly a thousand varieties of heirloom apples in a one-of-a-kind apple orchard on Bowen Island in British Columbia. The orchard was planted over a 30 year period by John and Josephine Riley who are apple tree collectors and enthusiasts with an absolute wealth of knowledge.
In 2019, Christine and Rob were lucky enough to take over from John and Josephine to help preserve this incredible living museum and from this idea, Riley’s Cidery took shape. The husband and wife duo spent years living in London and picked up a taste for traditional apple cider so the idea came easily when the orchard came into their care.
Christine trained under Peter Mitchell at the Cider and Perry Academy in Herefordshire and prior to that at the University of British Columbia completing the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture. These experiences provided her with a well-rounded knowledge of both cider production and agriculture as well as giving her the tools to start producing Riley’s Cider.
When Rob isn’t installing irrigation, hauling bottles or blending cider with Christine, he’s busy looking after the administrative side of the cidery. While his background is in finance, his passion is the cidery.
More than anything Christine, Rob and their family are excited to share their cider and all the stories that go into every bottle with their community both near and far.