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In the age of industrial denaturation of foodstuffs, our ciders and vinegars emerge close to utopicaly
fermented spontaneously by indigenous cultures・in neutral oak casks・no added sulphites, acids, tannins, enzymes, preservatives, sterilants or colorants
We wanted to eat clean
So we moved to Bohemian Highlands. To Stronghold Sudkův Důl Farm. To grow, raise, forage, ferment. To build our pocket of the contemporary pre-industrial. With plenty of clean, nutritious, healthy foods. And beverages. For our family and friends on their frequent visits.
Each cask bears its name
In past 5 centuries Stronghold Sudkův Důl was home to Mandalena, Dorota, Petronila and dozens of other women. Each oak cask bears the name of one of them. Filled with multi-varietal juice, often a single orchard blend, each cask gives birth to cider of a unique character after 12 months. We bottle each cask individually or blend with second cask into a small batch of just several hundred bottles bearing the names of the casks and vintage.
Undisquised by usual layers of force carbonation and sweetening, still, dry UTOPIA presents an honest glou-glou experience resembling natural wines rather than conventional ciders.
„The most intense acidity you can think of, together with the most intense sweetness. Most amazing satisfaction.“ Ania Smelskaya, Head Sommelier, SILO London about UTOPIA Patience
When our first vintage (2016) was fermenting in casks, not in our wildest dreams did we imagine, that in just a few years people in the US, Denmark, UK, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada and Italy would be enjoying our bottles. Thank you Jan, Ondra, Zdeněk, Lucie, Martin, Phil, Jiří, Zain, Ania, Marko, Jára, Milan, Hideharu, Sanna, Karl, Can, Antonio, thank y'all our distributors, festival directors, sommeliers, chefs, winemakers, drinkers and friends. Thank you for making our journey possible. And cheers to La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise* Praha, Eska Praha, Ottolenghi Rovi London, SILO London, Ikoyi** London, Brat* London, KOL* London, Evelyn's Table* London, Hiša Franko**, taubenkobel, IRIN Bratislava and all the places that have poured highland apple wines born in our tiny li’l village.