THE
CORE STORY

 

THE CORE STORY

We are a unique Perth Hills destination steeped in history, with spectacular artisan ciders, wines and fruit wines. Add sublime views over the apple orchards and a Slightly Twisted crew to the mix and you can’t help but unwind.

BORN IN THE PERTH HILLS IN 1939 …

and nearly 80 years later, CORE produces some of Australia’s best craft Ciders

THE ROOTS – 40’s to 60’s

When Giovanni Battista Della Franca (aka ‘Jack” pictured with no hat), planted the first apple trees on the property, he created a grappa that was (in)famous in the region and attracted many friends as a result.

Two generations later, his grandson John, continues his liquor legacy and created the first CORE cider recipes after tonnes of experiments later (and tonnes of apples).

THE HARVEST – 60’s

2nd generation Giancarlo Della Franca (aka ‘Charlie’) up a ladder in the late 60’s. And he never fell off! Probably a good thing that OHS rules weren’t really invented then…

Charlie made a good rough red from a small vineyard on the property (still there today) to satiate the thirst of his extended family.
He bought CORE’s icon – the ’57 Chev, brand new in ….1957.

Farmer John grows up

Charlie’s son, Farmer John, started early in the orchard playing with ‘outsized’ Tonka toys.  

His fetish with tractors has never gone away … we don’t know when, but at some point he also discovered Booze!

THE CORE – 2000’S

John developed the original cider recipes over many years and after many experiments around midnight. John is where the Slightly Twisted comes into play as he has always done things in his own quirky way. His ciders are not ordinary either; individualistic with great character, eminently drinkable and absolutely quaffable (meaning you’ll always come back for more).