Since 1876, when the Gowan family first established their orchards, Gowan apples have been growing in California’s lush Anderson Valley.
Using sustainable methods, the Gowans grow 83 selected varieties of apples in 140 year old family orchards that are now tended by the 6th generation. These include the Sierra Beauty apple, once so elusive it was considered all but extinct until “rediscovered” by the public in Gowans orchard and roadside fruit stand, and the Gravenstein apple, a classic and local favorite in Northern California. Learn more about our history and the heirloom varieties we care for!
The Anderson Valley, located in beautiful western Mendocino county in Northern California, is an area now also recognized as world-class wine appellation. Our apples are all the better for this premium terroir. The coastal climate, rich soils and protected valley form a very special microclimate that allow apples to mature at a natural pace, developing a complete flavor profile prized by local chefs.
In 2015 Gowans also began releasing proprietary blends and varietal premium wine-style apple ciders.
As with any dish, the best cider starts in the orchard. Because of the craftsmanship handed down through 6th generations of Gowans, these special tree-ripened, hand picked, award-winning apples develop exceptional flavor in this renowned world-class terroir, allowing us the luxury of crafting natural fruit-forward ciders. Learn more about our award-winning, estate grown heritage ciders made from the heirloom apples grown in Gowan Orchards!