A biologist with origins in the Gruyère region, Jacques Perritaz produced his first ciders in the mid-2000s, intrigued by the fate of all the fruit withering away in the Fribourg orchards around his home. Defender of his land and local varieties often shunned by cider factories, Jacques has been able to impose his beverages as a matter of course, even on the greatest tables...
|Cultivated varieties||Appel, Pear, Quince|
|Our favorites||Brute de Rue, Trois Pépins|
Jacques Perritaz, an engaging character from the canton of Fribourg, is a biologist by training. His love of nature pushed him to start producing ciders, in order to make the most of the otherwise abandoned fruit he found in the orchards of his native region.
It is in Le Mouret, near Fribourg that the adventure begins, in the early 2000s. He made his first attempts and produced different styles of apple ciders, with or without quince or pear. From 2006 on, he is more and more established, and it is from 2013 that he can let go of his other occupations to devote himself 100% to his ciders.
He approaches his passion as a winemaker, meticulously... working on a selection of old varieties of apples and pears from his orchard, from nearby farmers or from producer friends in Thurgau. Each batch of fruit is given special attention and a titanic task follows... sorting, crushing, macerating, pressing... then accompanying the juices, depending on the variety of fruit, according to the seasonal conditions, to a complex, rich, intense cider or perry.
The result, beverages with sharp mineralities, and a beautifully expressive fruit present in the glass. It is no coincidence that today, his ciders and perries are found on the greatest tables around the world!
In autumn, a rare variety of butterfly can be found in the Fribourg countryside. This butterfly is particularly attracted by the apples and pears that are wilting, abandoned in the numerous orchards. Its name? The Vulcan, recognizable by its brown to deep black wings decorated with a rounded pattern, orange to bright red.
The symbol, and the name, are quite found, Jacques then asks an artist friend to make the labels, inspired by the cuttings illustrating the "poya", the famous ascent to the Alps of the cows in the region of Gruyère. With their naïve and childlike character, these colorful labels, recognizable among a thousand, have since become the symbol of another art, that of transforming the apples and pears of the orchards into a cider of a quality rarely equaled.