Making great cider starts with quality fruit and finishes with fantastic people.
At Fenceline Cider, we’re lucky to have both. Sown along the Colorado Plateau, Fenceline is dedicated to reviving America’s cider tradition, working with historic local orchards to build quality cider from the apple up.
Set at the base of the La Plata Mountains, our apples grow amidst the upper tributaries of the mighty Colorado River, flourishing in Montezuma County’s rich soil and arid climate. They are the foundation of our artisan cider, undergoing cold, slow fermentation to allow for a drier, more delicate apple flavor often lost in the sugar-packed alternatives lining the shelf at local liquor stores.
We believe roots are important, which is why we source our apples from local growers that have perfected their craft over generations. With varietals that date back nearly 100 years, we build ciders that echo the classic potables of England and France from the cradle of our mountain community, establishing Southwest Colorado on the international cider map.
Meet Our Team:
Neal was born in the heart of California’s wine country. Raised in Napa Valley, he grew up tending the vines of his 5th generation family farm. Neal moved to Colorado with a love for wild, open landscapes and a firm belief that American hard cider is evolving into a great beverage once again.
When Neal isn’t manning the cider press, he likes to hunt, gobble like a turkey, and smoke large chunks of meat over hand-hewn Applewood fires.
Sam began working with apple trees when he moved to the Mancos Valley after graduating from Fort Lewis in 2006. After befriending an apple geneticist and learning to graft, Sam began to collect French, English, and American cider apples. Today his collection represents over 100 known types of cider apples.
When Sam isn’t making or dreaming about cider, he likes to spend his time with his wife and four children. Occasionally, he sneaks off to the desert or the mountains.
“One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then it will have achieved itself and outlived its origins. Then it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery.”