Tasmania’s favourite cider–maker just created Australia’s best cider.

“A blend of traditional English and French cider apples (18 of them, in fact), it has a rich, golden colour and lovely, complex flavours — honeyed yet tangy, spicy yet mellow, gently savoury yet refreshing. Stylistically it is inspired by Somerset and Normandy, but it has distinctively Australian sun-ripened fruit intensity, too.”

Max Allen - The Weekend Australian 10 Oct 2015

18 Varieties - Available at The Apple Shed and leading independent retailers


Cider Australia Awards 2015 Trophy winner; Best Australian Cider or Perry, Best Cider and Best in Show

Our Range


Core Range
Willie Smith's Organic
Willie Smiths BONE DRY
Willie Smith's Farmhouse Perry

Lark Whisky Barrel Aged

Willie Smith's Apple Schnapps

Core Range

Willie Smith's Organic Cider: 5.4% ABV

Willie Smith's Organic Cider takes its inspiration from the traditional cider making techniques of Northern France. The cider is crafted and matured in French oak to deliver a truly distinctive Tasmanian farmhouse style, full of character and flavour.


Willie Smith's BONE DRY Cider: 6.9% ABV

Willie Smiths Bone Dry is an English style cider, inspired by Sam’s visit to Somerset & Herefordshire in summer 2013. Fermented out to dry, it is oak aged and aged with new French oak for a minimum of 3 months giving a super dry flavour profile with a big oak body and smooth clean finish that lingers with you long afterwards (not for the faint hearted).


Willie Smith's Farmhouse Perry: 4.7% ABV

This Perry is unfiltered and made using Beurre Bosc pears and fermented with champagne yeast. It exhibits a cloudy pale straw appearance, and harmonizes the natural sweetness of pear with soft apple notes and a refreshing zesty citrus finish. With a well-rounded mouth feel and balance of sweetness and acidity it is the perfect drink for summer!



Lark Whiskey Barrel Aged: 9.9% ABV

Strong speyside whisky aroma’s upfront, it has soft, delicate apple on the front palette with a hint of sweetness coming from the beautiful blend between the apple and whisky. Through the mid palate the oak starts to make an appearance and continues to build towards the back palate with a dry oaky tannin structure to finish off. Despite its relatively high alcohol it remains balanced throughout and is never overpowering the drink.


Willie Smith's Apple Schnapps: 23% ABV

Distilled from Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider. The spirit is then cut back and sweetened to bring out all the apple flavour attributes you would expect. Use it to make your favourite cocktails or just enjoy it over ice on its own.


How we make it

It all starts with the cleanest air, the best soil and the purest water on earth.

A unique and complex cider following the tradition of farmhouse ciders from northern France.  Produced from a blend of Tasmanian apples left to develop and mature on the tree to boost flavour and sugar levels this cider uses a complex process of production to generate flavour levels that sets it apart from the mainstream.

After pressing, our apple is left to mature and micro-oxidise for 48 hours developing colour and a rounded flavour.  Fermentation with aromatic white wine yeasts then proceeds slowly as dictated by the cool Tasmanian autumn.

After fermentation is complete we separate portions of the fresh cider; one is matured in new French oak, the rest is left to undergo malo-lactic fermentation.   Both of these processes are common in European cider and add significant depth and complexity to the cider.


The Family

Willie and Ian Smith
Willie and Ian

William Smith

(1868–1948, the originator & pioneer)

Willie came to the Huon Valley, Tasmania in the 1800’s and planted the first tree for the orchard that we pick from today in 1888. Descended from convicts (both his parents arrived in Australia free of charge), he was passionate about farming and knew that it took great quality inputs to create the best possible outputs. He saw the great soil, the bountiful supply of fresh water and the clean air that the Huon Valley offered and he knew this was the place for him.

Willie and Ian Smith

Ron Smith

(1907–1964, the military man)

Ron went to war and came back after having seen the world. He put some structure around the business and began shipping apples all around the globe. He founded and helped build the RSL in Huonville to bring the community together and Andrew still enjoys a drink there from time to time.

Willie and Ian Smith
Ian and Andrew

Ian Smith

(1941–current, the workhorse)

Ian's motto was 'keep up and shut up', a sign of the competitive times that the Tassie apple industry was in. All around him he saw his friends shutting their orchards and people tightening their belts, working hard to deliver his customers the best produce was what he knew put food on the table and keep the business afloat.

Andrew Smith

(1970–current, the Innovator)

Andrew joined the family business 26 years ago and quickly saw how important good produce was to his customers and to people who eat the apples everyday. After some investigation he decided that the only thing he could do to improve the already great fruit was by doing even less to it and made the move to take the business into the organic space.

Where we are from

We are located in the Huon Valley, Tasmania - the apple Isle and one of the most pure and untouched places on earth.

The valley collects on average 700mm of rain each year which passes through some of the cleanest air in the world, originating in Antarctica. When required, additional water is available to our orchard, from the plentiful Mountain River flowing from the Sleeping Beauty mountain range.

The air in Grim in Tasmania has been measured and is officially recognised as the cleanest air in the world. Our air, originates from the same location and travels over one of the largest expanses of virgin forest wilderness in Australia before reaching the valley.

For more of the Farm's story visit William Smith and Sons

The Farm

Situated on 115 acres, our farm is 35 mins South of Hobart in the Huon Valley, a once thriving apple growing region that exported apples all over the globe and earned Tasmania the moniker of 'The Apple Isle'.

It's our hope with our focus on quality and move to organic farming practices that we can once again make the Huon Valley and Tasmania, renowned for great apples and great apple products.

We're located in the Huon Valley, Tasmania

Why Organic?

A Study conducted by the French Agency for Food Safety concluded that Organic plant products:

  1. Contain more dry matter and are therefore more nutrient dense,
  2. Have higher levels of minerals,
  3. Contain more anti-oxidants such as phenols and salicylic acid (known to protect against cancers, heart disease and many other health problems).

We choose organic because we believe that making things the traditional way with more care and less of the artificial bad stuff is better for you and better for Tassie.

Most of all, it just makes us feel good!

What is Organic?

Organic produce is grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMOs with a focus on environmentally sustainable practices.

Organic systems are an innovative method of farming and production focused on soil and land health, and balanced eco-systems. Techniques used in organic agriculture deliver a diverse range of benefits and their potential is increasingly being recognised in the development of sustainable food and fibre technology for the future.

Organic food is not just chemical-free. Organic farmers take a holistic approach to food production and handling, and the whole system is linked - Soil. Plants. Animals. Food. People. Environment. Health.

Get in touch

Cider Enquiries

Ph: (03) 6266 4339


If you are driving past feel free to drop in to The Apple Shed for a tasting and a look through the museum and experience the history of the Apple Industry in the Huon Valley!

The Apple Shed

2064 Huon Highway, Grove, Tas, 7109

Open from 10am daily

Ph: (03) 6266 4345


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The Apple Shed

Museum : Ciderhouse : Providore

In the rustic surrounds of an original apple shed built in 1942, learn about the Huon's fascinating apple heritage told through the eyes of Willie Smith. A range of delicious ciders is available at cellar door and the café serves a simple menu of the finest regional products.

A small providore will enable local producers an outlet in the Huon Valley where they can showcase their products and produce to visitors to the State.

2064 Huon Highway, Grove, 7109 | Open from 10am daily

For group bookings and functions please call or e-mail:


Ph: (03) 6266 4345

Where to find us

You can find us in the following quality establishments

Willie Smith's Cider stockist
Willie Smith's available on tap