The Story of Faustino Estate Cidery
Well-known and respected in the Osoyoos business community, Anna and Jack “Faustino” Relvas have embarked on a new journey to introduce Okanagan Valley lovers to the wonderful world of cider.
“The name ‘Faustino’ is my husband’s middle name and is what many of his friends affectionately call him, as there are so many ‘Jacks,'” says Anna, explaining the name of the new line of apple and pear cider.
The desire to produce cider came as a result of the couple’s loss of several years’ worth of fruit crops due to uncontrollable weather damage from frost and hail. High quality fruit was rendered useless for fresh market sales due to the hail marks – but those marks only affected the appearance, but not the incredible taste of the fruit. The couple knew there had to be a way to use this fruit to produce a quality byproduct that the consumer could enjoy. Hence, the idea to produce a quality cider using their own fruit.
Anna, who is a long-time cider drinker, and Jack, a long time maker of his own wine, think that this is a perfect fit for them.
The couple’s dream is to make their orchard a sustainable business with the introduction of cider production, using their own fruit. The Okanagan Valley is slowly but surely losing its fruit farmers to grape growers and the Relvas’ want to preserve what is left by proving its sustainability. And this is a true complement to the other local industry – wineries. After all, what could be more refreshing than an ice cold, crisp cider, after an afternoon of wine tasting?