Stonewell Cider

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Stonewell Cider
IndustryCraft brewery
Founded2009 or 2010
  • Daniel
  • Géraldine Emerson

Nohoval Drinks Company Ltd., trading as Stonewell Cider, is a Craft brewery and microbrewery founded in either 2009:[1] or 2010[2][3] in Nohoval, Ireland by husband and wife Daniel and Géraldine Emerson.[2] Stonewell also trades internationally as Finbarra Cider.[4] Daniel Emerson is the chief cider maker.[5] In Ireland, Stonewell is distributed by Classic Drinks.[6] Though their share of the Irish cider market is small (0.5%[7]), Ireland is the biggest cider-consuming nation per captia,[8][9] and it is the largest artisan drinks maker in the country.[9] Stonewell distributes to many countries within Europe, as well as to Canada[9] and Australia.[2]


Inspired by Géraldine's father, a wine-maker from the Orléanais, France, the couple decided to pursue full time traditional cider-making in 2010.[4] In their first year, Stonewell produced 6,000 litres of cider.[9] By 2011, Emerson had tripled production, and tripled it again in 2012.[8] In 2012, Daniel Emerson announced a deal to distribute in Italy via Qualitá Club.[10]

In 2015, Stonewell pressed over 750 tonnes of apples[11], resulting in the production of 350,000 litres of cider.[7] In 2016, Stonewell secured a five-year distribution contract in France through Carlsberg Group|Carlsberg.[4] The total volume ordered equates in the deal's first three years to Stonewell's entire 2015 production.[12][13]

For many years, Stonewell experienced triple-digit growth.[3][14] However, in 2020, due to lockdowns caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Stonewell sales dropped by 80%, and as a result, half of its staff were made redundant[14]. The company employs five staff members full-time. [15]


Stonewell has won over 20 awards since its foundation.[15], including Supreme Champion of the 2016 Blas na hÉireann awards.[16]


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  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Brennan, Joe. "Cork cider group secures five-year supply contract for France". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Wed; Aug, 05; 2015 - 01:00 (2015-08-05). "Crafting a niche with cider". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mon; Aug, 19; 2013 - 01:00 (2013-08-19). "Cider-maker presses ahead with plans for expansion". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Award-winning Irish artisan product shows plenty of bottle". independent. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  10. "Kinsale's Stonewell Cider to export to Italy – Drinks Industry Ireland". Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  11. "2016's cider market – Drinks Industry Ireland". Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  12. "Cork cider company strikes French deal – Drinks Industry Ireland". Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  13. Ireland, Hospitality. "Stonewell Cider Signs 5-Year Deal With Carlsberg". Hospitality Ireland. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Coronavirus in Ireland: Craft beer and cider producers hit as Covid lockdown wipes out restaurant sales". independent. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "10 innovative Cork business players to watch in 2021". Think Business. 2021-01-22. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  16. "Blas na hÉireann 2016 Winners" (PDF).

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