Meet Black Diamond Cider

Ian and Jackie Merwin

4675 Seneca Road, Trumansburg, NY - map

blackdiamondcider.com

People

Black Diamond Cider lives at Black Diamond Farm, started by Ian and Jackie in 1992. We share the farming and cidermaking with our daughter Erica Merwin and Chris Negronida and Alexis Self. We moved to Trumansburg 32 years ago from San Francisco, where we picked wine grapes and made wine in our garage. Since 1985 we’ve made rough-and-tumble cider for fun, and we got our farm winery license when Ian retired from Cornell University in 2013.

Land

SOIL TYPE

Black Diamond orchards are planted on Honeoye loam: the deep, welldrained glacial till soil with great fertility

GEOGRAPHY

The farm slopes gently east toward Cayuga Lake, with orchards on the knolls, ponds and creeks in the swales

FARM & ORCHARD

European “Biointensive Integrated Fruit Production,” focusing on natural disease resistance and biocontrols for pests

Cider

FRUIT

An estate cidery, relying entirely on our own homegrown fruit

PRESS

We use a traditional rack-and-cloth press in the cidery in Trumansburg

BLENDING

Ciders featuring up to a dozen varieties from the 150+ we grow

FERMENTATION

Cold, gentle fermentations with minimal intervention; initial fermentation with wild yeasts; final stage completed by selected yeast strains

AGING

3 to 12 months depending on blend and yearly fruit characteristics

 

"We are an estate cidery... using only fruit grown on the farm."

IAN MERWIN, CIDERMAKER