28C. Applewine

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 common cider.


Comparable to a Common Cider. Cider character must be distinctive. Very dry to slightly medium.


Clear to brilliant, pale to medium-gold. Cloudiness or hazes are inappropriate. Dark colors are not expected unless strongly tannic varieties of fruit were used.


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

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


Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (still, petillant, or sparkling). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (dry or medium).

Vital Statistics

OG 1.070 – 1.100
FG 0.995 – 1.010
ABV 9 – 12%

Commercial Examples


  • AEppelTreow Summer’s End (WI)
  • Wandering Aengus Pommeau (OR)
  • Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery Fruit House Apple (MI)
  • Irvine’s Vintage Ciders (WA)