Draper Girls' Country Farm was established in 1962 when Roman and Ann Braun, Theresa's parents, relocated from El Segundo, California to the Hood River Valley. Early on, Roman and Theresa's brother Mark would press fresh sweet apple cider on an old wooden press, selling by the gallon to patrons who visited the farm stand. Making sweet cider remains a family tradition Theresa has carried on since purchasing the farm from her parents in the early 1980's. Though Theresa's cider making evolved into producing a variety of different flavors using the fruit grown on the property, the farm continues to be a family owned and operated business.
Owner Theresa Draper's vision of producing small-batch, hand-crafted ciders from the fruits grown and harvested on her farm began in 2011. She was selling a portion of the apple harvest to local hard cider makers and recognized there was a market for hard cider. Theresa shares that it was a natural progression as, she was already operating a successful sweet cider business. She believed she had something special to offer patrons, small- batch, hand-crafted ciders, produced with the fruits grown from her third-generation family farm. As a result, Draper Girls Cider Company was founded by Theresa and her three daughters.
What started as a vision in 2011, became a reality in the fall of 2017 when Draper Girls' Cider Company began offering growler fills at their farm stand. In our first year, Theresa's cidery won the prestigious, Portland International Cider Cup award for Best New Cidery, a gold medal for her Cherry cider and silver for her French Pear. Theresa's love of producing ciders that taste as though they were fresh squeezed right from the trees into growlers is what makes her ciders stand out from the rest.