The first apple orchards were planted by the family, in 1969, to compliment the hop gardens. The fertile Kilkenny limestone soils are uniquely suited to produce delicious apples and apple juice organically. As artisan producers, we do know our apples. All of our production is to the strictest of organic standards. Highbank Orchards is home to the original and innovative and multi award-winning Highbank Orchard Syrup. We also produce several delicious Apple juices, including our acclaimed non-alcoholic Drivers Cider, apple treacle, cider vinegar and apple Balsamic Vinegar as well as Highbank Proper Cider and European acclaimed Medieval Cider, matured on their wild yeasts with no added sulphites. 2014 brought the addition of Dodonus - the smallest Distillery in Ireland which was built in the old Highbank Dairy and now produces Highbank Organic Apple Spirits - the first Irish and Kilkenny Organic Apple gin known as Highbank Kilkenny Crystal Gin (out of the rocks of Kilkenny), Highbank Orchard Spirit, Highbank Orchard Liqueur Brandey for those Christmas presents, Highbank Organic Apple Vodka.