A FAMILY TRADITION
Celestino Cortina Cuadra, founder of Sidra Cortina, was known in his lifetime for being an enterprising and enthusiastic man. His father passed away when he was only seven years old and from a young age he would help his mother and grandparents with the modest family cider mill (“the Nonzalera Cider Mill”). Since a child he would help gather apples, fetch water from the river to clean the vats with, or remove the pulp from the press, among other tasks.
He married Palmira Noriega Torre in 1950 (awarded the 2009 Tonel de Oro prize in Gijón), who was brought up in the cider house and shop belonging to her parents in Bayones. In 1952, Celestino Cortina Cuadra decided to invest strongly in a business that few believed in back then: cider. “The prettiest hamlet in Asturias”, Solares de Coru (Villaviciosa), saw the beginnings of “SIDRA CORTINA”.
Over the years, he began to receive merited recognition for the quality of his cider. It was a difficult time in those days, when the market was quite small. Nevertheless, before Celestino Cortina Cuadra’s premature death, Sidra Cortina had managed to become part of the select group of the best natural Asturian ciders.
His son, Eloy, took over the running of the mill when he was just twenty years old and was responsible for the expansion of the family trade name. Eloy multiplied production and progressively incorporated technology, being the first to automate bottling lines and presses. He also began to branch out into new markets. Madrid and Belgium have sold Cortina cider since the end of the 1970s.
The 5th of February 2001 saw the inauguration in Amandi of the “Llagar de la Ferrería” (Ferrería Cider Mill). It is a milestone in the history of Asturian cider for being the first modern cider mill in Asturias and which saw Pablo and Tino, Eloy’s two sons, join the business. It marked a new generation of cider millers.
And the business still thrives today from this privileged spot in Amandi where technology and tradition work together to mill our apples year after year as always to become our well-known cider.
If you see life as we do, join us...
- We love what we do and we do what we love.
- We take our time to enjoy a good cider.
- We will not renounce quality or taste.
- Natural and traditional is trendy.
- We love cider, we savour and enjoy it.
- We do not conform with just good, but only with the best.
- Time flies when we are with our friends.
- Cider, food and friends, in other words "Espicha".
FIRST PRIZE FOR THE BEST CIDER, LANGREO 2000
FIRST PRIZE FOR THE BEST CIDER, LANGREO 2001
SECOND PRIZE FOR THE BEST CIDER IN ASTURIAS, NAVA 2001
FIRST PRIZE FOR THE BEST CIDER, LANGREO 2002
SILVER MEDAL FOR VILLACUBERA 100% REGONA VINTAGE 2011, IN THE 2013 GLINT COMPETITION (GREAT LAKES CIDER & PERRY ASSOCIATION U.S.A.)
FIRST OFFICIAL PRIZE FOR THE BEST CIDER, GASCONA 2003
"ELOGIO DE ORO" FOR THE BEST NATURAL CIDER, GIJÓN 2004
FIRST OFFICIAL PRIZE FOR THE BEST CIDER, GASCONA 2005
SECOND PRIZE FOR THE BEST CIDER IN ASTURIAS, NAVA 2005
BEST FILTERED NATURAL CIDER 2014 – VILLACUBERA 100 % REGONA – P.D.O. SIDRA DE ASTURIAS
FIRST PRIZE, CIDER FESTIVAL OF VILLAVICIOSA 2009
FIRST PRIZE, CIDER FESTIVAL OF VILLAVICIOSA 2010
FIRST PRIZE, CIDER FESTIVAL OF VILLAVICIOSA 2011
FIRST PRIZE, VI CIDER COMPETITION OF SOTRONDIO 2013
CIDER AND TOURISM: CIDERTOURISM
Visit us and find out what we do with apples. Natural cider. A fusion of tradition and technology.
GUIDED TOURS AND TASTING: CIDER TASTE
When can I visit?
Rest of the year: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 (only entry time).
July and August: Monday to Friday at 12:00 (first tour) and 18:00 (second tour).
How long does it last? How much does it cost?
Adults: 2 €; under 18: free.
Do I have to make an appointment?
Only if you are a group of more than 20 people.
The tour includes: A visitor’s gift (a decorated glass and natural cider tasting) and a voucher for 1 bottle of Villacubera Natural Cider.
An “espicha” is a festive Asturian gathering where cider is drunk.
Celebrate an event in typical Asturian style in our cider vat cellar. An espicha is the best way to celebrate gatherings with friends or family; there is always a good excuse to celebrate something, you just have to like cider!
Contact us to organise an espicha tailored to your needs. You can visit the cellars free of charge when you book an espicha for a minimum of 30 people.