I identify four historical geographical loci for cider and perry: • Britain: The island of Great Britain. I have included the Channel Islands in this grouping, although it could legitimately be argued they belong to the second geographical locus. • Normandy/Brittany: The northwestern French territories. • Biscay: An area including Spanish (Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Basque) and French (Nouvelle Aquitane) areas. • Central Europe: A broad region with Germany arguably dominant region, but extending to Switzerland, Austria, and Poland. This region lacks uniformity but is not readily broken into more discrete areas.
A book detailing the complex history of cider and perry in the pre-modern age is on my short list of next projects.
Updated August 11, 2023
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