Arizona Cider is founded by brothers Kanin and Cody Routson and their families including Tierney Schipper and Clare Stielstra. Kanin Routson has devoted his life to exploring and promoting apple tree diversity. Kanin researches apple varieties from historic homesteads across Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. He uses state of the art genetic techniques to identify rare and unusual apples. Kanin has both Masters and PhD degrees in apple biodiversity. We have spent years searching for unique apples in the old and mostly forgotten homestead orchards of the Southwest.

The Arizona Cider Project is devoted to apple diversity, science, and conservation through revitalizing southwestern hard cider traditions. We are grafting hundreds of new apple trees annually and testing old- and new-world cider apple varieties in the dry climates of the Southwest.