Delaware’s first hard cider is being produced in Sussex County

A farm and a winery in Sussex County are teaming up to produce the first hard cider being marketed in the First State.

T.S. Smith and Sons of Bridgeville is putting out Black Twig Sparking Hard Apple Cider today.  It’s available for sale at select locations on the Delmarva peninsula as well as some restaurants.  The public is welcome to visit the farm on Redden Road in Bridgeville between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to meet the farmers, who are partners with Great Shoals Winery of Princess Anne, Maryland in creating the new product.  T.S. Smith and Sons has won the Small Business Administration award for best family-owned business.  According to the winery, the Black Twig apple was first grown in Tennessee during the 1830s and its production expanded to the eastern region.  Its tartness makes it a good apple for cider. 


  • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

WHYY is your source for fact-based, in-depth journalism and information. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support from readers like you. Please give today.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal