The tipple of ancient peoples, it was called “chekar” in Hebrew, “sikera” in Greek and then “sicera” in Latin, which meant “intoxicating drink”. Whatever its origin, this “apple wine” made from fermented apple juice became “sidre” and then cider during the first millennium. The conditions in Normandy are ideal for apple growing – just the right soil, just the right climate. Numerous cideries and distilleries are dotted around our countryside. From late April to early May, when the apple trees are in bloom, Normandy is a real picture postcard.