Inspired by the dry sparkling ciders of northwest France, Joseph Ruwet started producing cider in 1898 just west of Liege, Belgium, in the small village of Thimister. Ruwet produced its ciders to achieve the same qualities of balance and sophistication displayed in the finest beers of Belgium and even became the official cider Belgium’s Royal Court. Relaunched in 2015 by brothers Joris and Frank Hermans, the cidery remains steadfast to using 100% fresh-pressed Jonagold Apples and a naturally cultivated yeast strain.
1898 – Joseph Ruwet returns from his trip to Normandy, France. There he had been initiated in the unique production process of the region’s most famous drink: CIDER The rich soil and unique climate in the Land Of Herve in Belgium, his home region, provided the best orchards in Western Europe This inspired him to launch his own Cidrerie right in the middle of the village Thimister (Belgium) The unique and fresh taste almost instantly made business flourish: “Cidre Ruwet” started to conquer the hearts of the villagers and citizens of Belgium.
20th Century – Joseph’s legacy prospers. The famous sparkling drink of Thimister becomes a classic value in both the on and off trade Belgium’s Royal Family appreciates Ruwet with a Royal Warrant: Official Supplier of the Royal Court The rest of the world falls in love for this tasty and pure drink Three generations of the Ruwet family persevere in keeping the Ruwet cider legacy successful, independent and 100% family owned. in the late 90’s with a downfall in overall business performance, lack of overall company strategy and outlined identity and product development, The Cidrerie Ruwet becomes a “sleeping beauty”.
2015 – The Renaissance of Ruwet. Acquisition of the Cidrerie Ruwet by a new generation of entrepreneurs. A fresh vibe combined with modern business insights rages through the Cidrerie Main objective: Restoring the Legacy by integrating it into the future.