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Many years ago, two friends, Chris Hill and Matt Tindal had an idea. Both were working in the Irish wine trade and were enjoying the business of selling famous wines from around the world.

But they yearned of standing proudly behind an Irish product of similar pedigree and crafting.

Both Matt and Chris share a family history of growing apple orchards, so it was a logical step to craft an Irish cider with all the pedigree of a great wine.

Not only would it need to have the authentic, fresh flavours of Irish apples, but it needed to be true to its Irish provenance.

By early summer 2012 the first Orpens cider was released onto the Irish market.