CORE Cider is a third generation initiative by the fine folks of High Vale Orchard, and the brainchild of John Della Franca. Hand-crafted liquor is in the Della Franca blood and can be traced back to the very first forebear that set foot on Australian soil.
THE TIME LINE
The Root Stock (1939): Giovanni Battista Della Franca (AKA Jack, as no-one could pronounce his name) arrives from Italy, plants the first apples at High Vale and introduces the Australian public to his singular grappa and the game of Bocce.
The First Harvest (1957): Giovanni’s son GianCarlo Della Franca (AKA Charlie) purchases the legendary ’57 Chev truck and starts his experimentations with wine.
The launch of the CORE (2005): Giovanni’s grandson John Della Franca begins to experiment with cider fermentation, creates CORE Cider and changes the course of Australian cider production.
MEET THE TEAM
Today, the passionate team at High Vale Orchard includes:
Joan Della Franca (The CORE Matriarch)
A legend in her own right, Joan is always the picture of the quintessential lady (except when she’s hooning through the orchard scaring away the cockatoos during harvest). She’s the centred one, the ‘calm in the storm’. Her husband, GianCarlo Della Franca (‘Charlie’), was a whirlwind dynamo and top athlete who built High Vale from a small-scale orchard to a flourishing exporting business.
John Della Franca (The Cider Man)
John does things his own way, which is where the ‘slightly twisted’ comes into it. He remains largely elusive and prefers to immerse himself in the singular alchemy of the brewing process rather than getting involved with front-of-house proceedings.
Emily Lyons (The Apple Tart)
Emily (John’s wife) joined the CORE Team to take some of the load off John’s shoulders but has in fact succeeded in creating more work for him than could ever be imagined. Emily has several music degrees (very useful on the orchard as you can imagine) and was a concert pianist until she joined The Core. She also has an MBA, but is the first to admit that this amounts to a Master of Bugger All for life on ‘the farm’.
Sally-Apple (The CORE Pooch)
Her primary role is to welcome visitors to the cider house and defend the orchard from other dogs. More importantly, she keeps children occupied while their parents taste cider.
Chief “Hard-Core” John in his youth when he was buff
Emily “Apple-Tart” in her former glory before she started wearing Rossi boots
Joan the ‘Gentle Spirit of High Vale” with Charlie at their wedding
Sally Apple Schnauzer keeping an eye on proceedings
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