The Cider House, an Économusée
An Économusée is a craft-influenced business singled out for its commitment to quality and authenticity. The business offers cultural experiences, and makes products using traditional methods and techniques. The Économusée network stretches from Canada along the Atlantic coast to Scandinavia. The businesses preserve and explain traditional techniques and knowledge for new generations.
In addition to the production of beverages, the Cider House is a spacious banquet venue. We accept groups all year for lunch or dinner. We offer interpretation programs about cider and fruit, and heritage walks in the art village Balestrand. We facilitate professional arrangements, team building, and other fun stuff. In the summer you can visit the restaurant in the Glass House, which has a wide view of the Sognefjord. Here we use local and partly organic ingredients to make Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The Cider House is a good venue for weddings and celebrations of other important days.
Growing fruit and making cider are closely linked here in Western Norway, and grandfather Andreas Eitungjerde planted the orchard in 1922. When his grandson Åge took over the property in the mid 90s, he looked at new ways to use the fruit. He quit his teaching position as a lecturer to establish Balholm and the Cider House. Balholm—at that time named Gulleple (Golden apple)—was a pioneering product, the first completely natural fruit juice on the Norwegian market.
The Cider House was finished in 2005, but is still developing and changing. Eli-Grete established the consulting company Interplan in the office of the Cider House. When the oldest son Gard and his wife Tuba from Turkey decided to settle down in Balestrand, the Cider House was again renewed. They established the summer restaurant, which quickly became a success, and pursued their interest in international cooperation through Erasmus projects.