19-20 May, Batlow NSW

AusCider is the cider industry’s annual information exchange and networking event. It connects cider producers, fruit growers, researchers, suppliers and other cider industry representatives from Australia and overseas.

AusCider 2022 will deliver a full day of cider education sessions with technical, sensory, science/R&D, production and business/marketing topics that contribute to the theme Craft Cider: Scaling up with integrity

Keynote presenter John Stanley is an internationally-respected retail marketing and horticulture expert. John’s keynote address It’s Time to Get Naked will explore the new post-Covid marketplace and strategies to increase customer count and average sales per customer. John will lead an interactive workshop The Devil is in the Detail as part of the Cidery/Orchard Tour which drills down into what individual businesses need to do to successfully develop new ideas in 2022 and beyond.

Leading cider experts from the United States, France and Japan will (virtually) join an impressive line-up of Australian producers, researchers and technical specialists in the only conference of its kind in Australia. 

PROGRAM (download here)


1-2.45pm Cider Australia AGM (Members and invited guests only) Batlow Literary Institute, 67 Pioneer St, Batlow
3-5.30pm Cidery/Orchard Tour & Workshop Wilgro Orchard, 4065 Batlow Rd, Batlow
6-10pm AusCider 2022 Dinner Tumut River Brewing Co, 1/5 Capper St, Tumut

FRI 20 MAY 2022

8am-5pm Conference Sessions Batlow Literary Institute, Batlow

AusCider 2022 will be followed by the annual Batlow CiderFest on Saturday 21 May, a bustling celebration of Australian craft cider set among a blaze of autumn colours. For more information visit the Batlow CiderFest website.


business & marketing

Keynote address – It’s time to get naked – marketing in 2022
Workshop – The Devil is in the Detail – maximise your sales opportunities
John Stanley, retail consultant, trainer & speaker, John Stanley Associates (WA)

Cider Australia update
Warwick Billings, President of Cider Australia and co-owner of LOBO Cider (SA)

Australian Cider in Japan and the Global Cider Connect
Lee Reeve, owner-operator/CEO at inCider Japan (Japan)

production & growing

NY cider industry overview + research to support the expansion of cider apple production
Gregory Peck, Assistant Professor of Horticulture Sustainable Fruit Production Systems, Cornell University (US)

Bottle fermentation
Kathleen Arnink, Lecturer in the Enology and Viticulture program in the Food Science Department, Cornell University (US)

The Power of Microbiology in your Cidermaking
Dr Eveline Bartowsky, R&D Manager and Applied Microbiologist, Lallemand Australia (SA)

Apple industry variety evaluation and rootstock development
Tom Frankcomb, Variety Development Manager, APAL (TAS)

NSW DPI Cider Varieties and Scion wood supply Block
Aphrika Gregson, Technical Officer, NSW DPI (NSW)

science & R&D

Cider industry R&D in France
Yann Gilles, cidermaking & distilling consultant, Founder of Malus & Vitis (France)

Black Summer Bushfires and measuring smoke taint precursors in fruit and cider
Kevin Dodds, Temperate Fruits Development, NSW DPI (NSW)

Australian Cider R&D
Tim Jones, Consultant, RDS Partners (TAS)

Mapping quality in Australian cider: outcomes of PhD research project
Madeleine Way, PhD candidate, University of Tasmania (TAS)

Testing the provenance of Australian cider through isotope and trace mineral analysis
Oritain Global (NZ)

Analysis of Australian Cider Awards samples
Winechek (SA)


Cider apples and cider sensory session
Briony Liebich, sensory analyst, beer educator, writer and judge, Flavour Logic (SA)


Entry to the 3 ticketed events can be purchased separately or as a package. Virtual attendance is available for the Conference Sessions on Friday 20 May. Members of Cider Australia receive discounted tickets. For information about membership visit our website.

On sale now via Eventbrite

Thanks to our AusCider Partners and Supporters

Cider Australia acknowledges the support of its sponsors and partners including the Batlow CiderFest. The Batlow CiderFest committee and the NSW Department of Primary Industries organised and convened the first seven conferences (2012-2018) in Batlow, NSW. In 2019, Cider Australia and the Batlow CiderFest agreed to transition management of the event to the peak industry body and AusCider 2019 was successfully held in Hobart, Tasmania. As part of the transition agreement, AusCider will continue to rotate annually between the key cider producing states of Australia.

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