Bellwether Hard Cider is owned and operated by Cheryl and Bill Barton. We started the business in 1999, inspired by travels through the cider regions of France and after years of “research and development” as home cidermakers. We started our business with the simple goals of making fine artisanal ciders and to lead the revival of a great American tradition.
We started operations in an old Babcock chicken hatchery building on Route 96 in Ithaca, New York. In 2003 we built a new building on Route 89 in Trumansburg, New York, and planted an orchard of European cider varieties. We have been an active member of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail for over 5 years.
At present, we produce around 10 varieties of hard ciders, ranging from very dry to semi-sweet, some with carbonation and some still.