Our story

The Harvest Cidery story began in 1989 when Brian and Irene Shanks, local Gisborne orchardists, began making cider from their own Braeburn and Granny Smith apples. Keen to develop, they began a period of intensive research including a trip to the UK where they visited almost 54 cideries in the south of England.
Needing room for expansion, the Cidery moved to a site at the end of Customhouse Street, overlooking the harbour and Poverty Bay, in 1995. By 2003 it was time to expand again. In 2004 the Cidery moved to its current site on Customhouse Street.
The Cidery now produces a range of award winning ciders as well as other products, each with its own unique taste.