Merridale is BC’s oldest estate cidery and first craft distillery. We strive to farm-craft the most delicious and intriguing ciders and spirits that you’ll ever drink. Made with a sense of origin, curiosity, integrity and a stubborn refusal to accept the way things have always been done.
We are proudly family owned and operated. Owners Rick Pipes and Janet Docherty, along with their eldest son Jason Child, manage every step from orchard to glass meticulously, so Merridale can deliver products that have an authenticity drawn from where the apples are grown, fermented and distilled, and the philosophy of the family who crafts them.
At Merridale, everything starts in our 20-acre orchard set in picturesque rural Cowichan. Our orchard has the perfect terroir for growing cider apples with high tannin and acid content, which enables us to make delicious full-bodied ciders. All our ciders are made from 100% pure juice and only the first pressing is used. Being purists, we don’t use concentrates, add chemicals at bottling, flash pasteurize, or fine filter our juice. We ferment our juice slowly and naturally to delicately bring out the flavour of the fruit.
Our spirits are made from 100% BC fruit and botanicals, and are distilled and aged in our distillery at the farm. Where possible, garnishes for cocktails are picked from our herb garden and simple syrups are made in-house. We serve only BC wine and beer, local Drumroaster Coffee, and Phillips Craft Sodas from Victoria.
Our farm-fresh philosophy also carries into our Eatery. Overlooking the orchard meadow, our Eatery offers farm-to-table comfort food. We always profile local, BC-grown ingredients. Our menus feature our own house-made sauces and dressings, cured meats and sausages, and cider-leavened bread baked in our brick oven. That same oven is what we use to prepare delicious, handmade pizzas on our legendary Pizza Nights, held every Sunday in the summer months. In the fall and spring, we regularly host themed dinners and other special events. We also offer a wide variety of house-made delectables and other merchandise for you to take home. Merridale’s Eatery is where all our offerings come together sumptuously: outstanding BC-made food, drink and ambiance. Our Eatery and Tasting Bar are open seven days a week.
We like to think of ourselves as a delicious destination. A place where you can be introduced to all we do, and you know, kind of fall in love with us. We welcome you to tour, to taste, to eat, to learn, to relax, and above all, to have fun. We invite everyone - Kids and dogs, too! At Merridale, we love a good party! If you are looking to host a special event or wedding, contact us.