Urban Tree Cidery has planted itself in West Midtown and branches out over 4,500 square feet of unique space that includes Atlanta’s first cider manufacturing facility, a tasting room called “the Cidery,” and an event space. A family owned and operated business, Urban Tree Cidery opened its doors in March of this year. It was founded by Tim and Maria Resuta.
“Urban Tree Cidery is a passion project that branches into our family tree,” says Tim, co-founder and head cider maker as well as orchard manager. “My wife, her sister, Jackie, and our three children are all involved in the growth of our business.” Residents of the Chastain Park neighborhood, the Resuta family has been rooted and growing in Atlanta since 2003. Tim’s dental practice is a family general and cosmetic dentistry practice on Howell Mill Road in Buckhead. Tim and Maria have two daughters and a son. Ali is a 2015 graduate of The Westminster Schools and currently attends the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. Sixteen-year old Brianna is a junior at The Westminster Schools and their 14-year-old-son is a freshman at Woodward Academy.
Inspired by their experiences and enjoyment of California wine country, Maria and Tim, both avid wine and cider enthusiasts, turned their attention to the possibilities within the North Georgia Mountains. “Tim and I were elated to discover that this major apple growing region was known for producing fruit of exquisite quality, flavor, texture, color and shape in our very own backyard,” says Maria, co-founder and CEO. “I can honestly say that this is when the idea for Urban Tree Cidery was born.” And from this point, both Maria and Tim began extensive training in the production of handcrafted, artisan cider. Studying at the Cider and Perry Academy in Gloucestershire, England, they received the finest and most respected cider training in the industry.
Utilizing the resources of The Mountain City Orchard, also a family-owned and operated business located in the Blue Ridge Divide, the Resutas are able to use only the finest varietals in their ciders. The orchard produces over 3,000 bushels a season, making full use of the 15-acres and 1,300 trees. Urban Tree’s ciders are created from a mixture of Yates, Stayman- Winesap, Grimes, Gala and Ozark Gold apples.
Urban Tree Cidery produces three flagship ciders: a Classic, which is a semi sweet cider that is both crisp and refreshing; an Original, which is a European style semi dry cider crafted with the hearty subtle notes of apple sweetness; and a Barrel-Aged, which is robust with hints of oaky vanilla aromas gained from time spent in Nicaraguan rum barrels. Seasonal and Artisanal Reserve varieties are also available to capture the season and currently include Ginger Habanera and Wild Buzz.
Urban Tree Cidery is dedicated to fortifying the roots of good taste — it is their mission. They strive to produce ciders that reflect the beauty of the apple, the character of the land where they are grown, and the creative blending techniques that result in a delicate balance of subtle complexities.
The Cidery tasting room hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 until 9 p.m.; Saturday from noon until 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. The entire facility will accommodate approximately 300 people and is designed for cider tastings, tours and special events. For more information visit UrbanTreeCidery.com.