Merridale Estate Cidery Eat Magazine

1230 Merridale Rd, Cobble Hill, BC, Canada

Eat, Drink and Be Merridale!

Our mantra  is Apples Expressed. Our cider, spirits, food, bread, soaps, vinegar are  all crafted from the noble fruit. Merridale is a family run company with deep roots on Vancouver Island. We are passionate about what we do, and proud to call BC our home.


Photo by Lara Eichhorn

201210303405-(2)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 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 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.

Tasting Bar

Sample our wares at the tasting bar to learn about the nuances of our award winning ciders and spirits from our knowledgeable staff. Our skilled bar team concoct daily specials, and welcome the opportunity to share their secrets.

Our farmhouse store

Our farmhouse store is a plethora of tastes and visions to tantalize the senses. Cider, spirits and liqueurs and fortifieds; an in-house bakery; Plus a store stocked with local art, gifts, and culinary delights.


Weddings & events

Merridale features a full-service wedding package with staff, a stunning reception venue, and complete worry-free wedding packages that take care of all the little details from table settings to tents to romantic outdoor lighting. Elegance at an affordable price.


The yurts are one room cabins that let you experience the peacefulness of the countryside. Situated in our orchard overlooking the pond, you can fall asleep listening to the sounds of nature.

The People who make Merridale happen:

Janet Docherty – Owner

Rick Pipes – Owner/Head Distiller

Laurent Lafuente – Master Blender

Jason Child – Sales Manager

Jess Howard – Food and Beverage Manager, Wedding and Event Co-ordinator



Open 7 days a week. See our website for our full seasonal hours



2014 American Distilling Association Competition

Best of Class; Gold Medal in the category Aged Brandy – Stair’s Pear Brandy

Silver Medal in the category Aged Apple Brandy – Cowichan Cider Brandy

2013 Portland International Cider Competition

Winners of Large Cidery of the Year

Best of Show – Cyser Cider

Gold Medal, English Sweet Cider – Cyser Cider

Gold Medal, Fruit Ciders – Merri Berri

Gold Medal, Wood-Oaked Ciders – Scrumpy

Silver Medal, Wood-Oaked Ciders – Cidre Normandie

Bronze Medal, English Dry Ciders – Traditional Cider

Bronze Medal, Common Sweet Ciders – House

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