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Kervéguen Manor, an absolute must-see!

In the grounds of a 15th-16th century manor, with its very own dovecote set among 14 acres, you’ll find the cider-presses of Kervéguen. The cellars have been built in the former stables of the manor.

A family tradition

Near Locquirec in Finistère, you’ll find a small town called Guimaëc, where - since 1995 - Éric Baron has taken over the helm of a tradition that dates back over a hundred year, making exceptional cider using traditional, high-quality methods.

Here, everything possible is done to preserve the environment: no weedkiller in the orchards, natural methods of preserving the fruit, and natural processes right through the process of "vinification". The harvest already bears the label "organic agriculture".

A proven method

Old-fashioned cider is produced here at Kervéguen, matured for 6-8 months in oak barrels, and brewed from apples that have been collected by hand and ripened under sheltered conditions; this resulted in a drink selected in 1997 by the prestigious caviste de l’Elysée.

Eric Baron works a Coquart press (a slow-pressure press as used for champagne) that you can see when you visit. It is hard at work from mid-November to mid-January to produce the Carpe Diem Vintage. There are also an impressive 80 casks each carrying 400 litres occupying the 16th-century cellars.

The ciders...

La cuvée Prestige Carpe Diem...
This cuvée, or vintage, selected by l’Elysée since 1997, is a vintage of late apples, as with late harvests or the wines known as paille du Jura. This cider suits desserts as well as making a fine apéritif.

Two other ciders, each different from the other, the Brut, and the Paysan, are available.

... and other treats

In the shop, you’ll also discover a number of additional Breton specialities, such as the spirit chouchen from Monsieur Baron Senior, or le pommeau and la fine de Bretagne, as well as some other indulgences that are locally-produced.

Visits and Tastings

You can visit the cellar free of charge dugin opening hours: every day in July and August except Sundays and French Bank Holidays, from 10-12.30 and 2.30-6.30pm.
In April, May, September and school holidays (other than summer): every day except Sundays and French Bank Holidays,2.30-6.30pm.
From October to March, you simply need to call ahead.
For groups booking ahead we can offer a fully-guided visit with commentary (small charge).