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Applewine (Discontinued)

Applewine was a distinct style category from 2005-2016. Most applewines should now be entered in Specialty Cider and Perry.

The term for this category is traditional but possibly misleading: it is simply a cider with substantial added sugar to achieve higher alcohol than a standard cider. As such it comes closer to a white wine than any other style. No fruit other than apples may be used in this style.


Comparable to a New World Cider. Cider character must be distinctive. Very dry to sweet, although often dry.


Clear to brilliant, pale to medium-gold. Cloudiness or hazes are inappropriate.


Lighter than other ciders, because higher alcohol is derived from addition of sugar rather than juice. Carbonation may range from still to champagne-like.

Overall Impression

Typically like a dry white wine, balanced, and with low astringency and bitterness.