From Graft to Glass, We Serve Cider

Founded by pioneering New York cider makers with leadership from agricultural non-profit Glynwood, the New York Cider Association was created in 2015 to foster community amongst and act as the collective voice and organizing body for apple growers and cider makers throughout the state.


The mission of the NYCA is to:
 • support producers of fermented cider and the New York cider making industry in its vital role as an economic engine for agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism;
• build a market for New York cider made from New York apples;
• advocate for the New York cider industry through education, research, and communication; promote New York State as a world class cider producing region;
• and support the work of regional cider alliances within New York State.

Activities in 2018

Research & Education Committee  

  • Validate our orchard-based cider dryness scale through analysis at Cornell
  • Host cider sensory education for apple growers in WNY and the HV

Marketing Committee

  • Develop a New York Cider brand identity including taglines, for use on New York Cider labels, in ads and promotions
  • Produce CWHV, CWWNY, CWFLX, and CWNYC

Legislative Committee

  • Advance active legislation initiated by NYCA that will allow cider producers to tap into the $1.6B DTC sales that small wineries (>50K cases) saw in 2016
  • Work with Senator Schumer to overturn TTB recommendations for label requirement changes

Our Leadership

Left to right: (back) Dan Wilson, Dave Defisher, Sara Grady, Jonathan Oakes, Ian Merwin, Scott Donovan, Elizabeth Ryan, Jacob Lagoner, (front) Karl duHoffmann, Jenn Smith

Left to right: (back) Dan Wilson, Dave Defisher, Sara Grady, Jonathan Oakes, Ian Merwin, Scott Donovan, Elizabeth Ryan, Jacob Lagoner, (front) Karl duHoffmann, Jenn Smith

At our inaugural General Meeting in February 2016 we elected a Board of Directors primarily composed of growers and makers. One-third of the Board positions will be up for election each year; elections take place in person at our annual General Meeting. Our Board shares an interest in promoting the cider industry and a passion for fine cider.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

• President: David DeFisher, Rootstock Ciderworks/DeFisher Fruit Farms, Williamson, NY
• Vice President: Dan Wilson, Slyboro Cider House, Granville, NY
• Treasurer: Christine Sisler, Stone Bridge Cider, Hudson, NY
• Karl duHoffmann, Orchard Hill Cider Mill, New Hampton, NY
• Sara Grady, Glynwood, Cold Spring, NY
• Ian Merwin, Black Diamond Cider, Trumansburg, NY
• Jonathan Oakes, SteamPunk Cider, Medina, NY
• Elizabeth Ryan, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Staatsburg, NY
• Jacob Lagoner, Embark Ciderworks, Williams, NY

Executive Director


Jenn Smith

Jenn’s leadership of NYCA draws on her background in marketing and strategic planning, her commitment to bringing people together around the pleasures of the table, and the relationships she developed in her role as Producer of Cider Week HV and NYC. Prior to working with NYCA, Jenn produced events and worked in consultation with entrepreneurs in the food space, and for five years served as the GM of Astor Center, the culinary center associated with Astor Wines & Spirits.

NYCA on New York Cider

Sonya del Peral explores the world of the cider industry in New York State with Karl duHoffmann from Orchard Hill Cider Mill.
Sonya del Peral welcomes Jenn Smith, Executive Director of the New York Cider Association.

Sonya del Peral explores New York State Cider with Ian Merwin, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Black Diamond Farm.

Founding Sponsor


The formation of the NYCA was envisioned and supported as an initiative of The Cider Project, part of Glynwood's Hudson Valley Food program. We are grateful to Glynwood for its ongoing support.