Welcome: Merridale Estate Cidery | Storehouse

Merridale Estate Cider is one of those places in BC that you have to visit at least once, like Strathcona Park, Crowsnest Pass, or Long Beach. It has one of the oldest orchards on Vancouver Island and has been making great ciders with those apples for many years. Stay over night, eat at the Bistro, visit the Brick Oven Bakery or take a walk around the grounds, Merridale has lots to offer…and to do. Because of this rich culture we invited Merridale to become part of our Storehouse (read about the Storehouse in the main menu above).

Eat, Drink and Be Merridale!

Merridale is a family run company with deep roots on Vancouver Island.  Our mantra ~ Apples Expressed Cider, spirits, food, bread, soaps, vinegar – the list goes on.  We are passionate about what we do, and proud to call BC our home.


Merridale is located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. The valley offers us perfect growing conditions for cider apples.  It gives us climate, aspect and soil conditions to grow world-class cider apples.  All 201210303405-(2)of our ciders and spirits are crafted at our farm and then distributed to pubs, restaurants and private liquor stores on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland, and of our course our own store and bistro.

The cider

At Merridale we take no shortcuts with our authentic, all-natural craft ciders.  Made from 100% pure juice, we ferment slowly and naturally, to delicately bring out all of the flavour the fruit has to offer. We do not use concentrates, chemicals at bottling, pasteurization, or fine filtration of juice.   Made from heritage cider apples, each cider is a blend of apples aimed at a particular palate.

The spirits

Our brandy house is dedicated to craft artisan distilling. Our spirits are made from BC fruits and distilled in an Alembic Still in small batches by distillers Rick Pipes, and Laurent Lafuente.


We welcome your visit.  Our cellar doors are open throughout most of the year.  Many of our tours are self-guided and can be enjoyed at your own pace, such as the cellar or orchard walk.  Private guided distillery tours journey into the art of craft distilling, and finish with cocktails at the bar.  Most of our tours can be packaged with lunch or dinner options, and we are happy to customize. Oh yes, there is a tour for the children in the orchard too.


Our gastro-pub style bistro invites adults and children of all ages to enjoy local fare in a relaxed orchard setting.  Savour hearty meals prepared the old fashion way in a wood fired brick oven, made from local ingredients. Summer Sundays are reserved for live entertainment, pizza and cool drinks on the deck.

Read More About Merridale Estate Cidery on The Storehouse

Cider, Spirits, Brandy, Craft Distillery, Bistro, Tours, Tastings, Apples, Orchard, Events, Weddings, Merridale, Cowichan

Written By:

Colin is the Assistant Editor at EAT. You can contact him via colin@eatmagazine.ca. Colin was born in Nova Scotia and spent his first five years there. His mother and father owned an inn and restaurant and Colin spent his time ...

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