Tilse’s orchard is situated at the foot of the Barrington Tops in the Hunter Valley and has been in the family since 1916. The apples are enriched by two mountain streams which run through the property helping to create what we think are some of the most beautiful red delicious and granny smith apples in the world.


The orchard originally had peaches, plums, pears, nectarines, walnuts, and of course, our famous apples. For decades decade’s we sold the produce through our three Upper Hunter Fruit and Vegetable shops in Singleton, Muswellbrook, and Scone. But, we deemed the shops untenable as the large supermarket chains gradually moved up the Hunter Valley. As such, we were left with a problem – what to do with all of our delicious fruit? After much deliberation, the sad decision was made to rip up all fruit trees except for the apples, and re-plant wine grapes.

With the wine grapes, came the idea to utilize our amazing apples to make apple wine, and cider. Apple Truck Cider was born!

From a way to utilise some of our apples each year, we now use our entire crop of apples every year in cider production. Once this runs out, we use the same variety of apples but from orchards in the Orange Region.


Apple Truck Cider is focused largely on selling pre-dominantly in our own back yard. You will find us in Independent bottle shops, bars and restaurants all through Newcastle, and the Hunter Valley. To find out where your closest stockist is, email us at luketilse@appletruckcider.com.au

"If you haven’t heard of Tilse’s Apple Truck Cider now, I’m sure you will in the near future. This cider is simple, but made very well whilst respecting the pure Hunter Valley fruit. The nose alone will blow you away with its amazing purity and sense of place....The cider is meant to be consumed young, and on a hot Australian summer day it would be perfect."

James Adams

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