II. Founders and Owner
CherryHill began in 1940 when George Riseborough planted his first cherry trees in Victoria’s fertile Yarra Valley. Over the years, the family still proudly carries on this cherry growing tradition with diligence and passion to produce Australia’s finest cherries. Nearly forty years ago, Cliff Riseborough began travelling the world in search of new ideas and varieties, and the current generation and many others in the CherryHill team continue in this tradition that is important to their business.
Today, CherryHill is run by George’s grandsons, Glenn and Stephen Riseborough who have continued to grow the business into one of Australia’s leading cherry producers.
III. CherryHill Farms
CherryHill has been growing for 80 years. From humble beginnings in the pristine Yarra Valley, the orchards can now be found across Australia’s southern regions. These carefully considered locations allow them to have the longest cherry growing season within Australia, so that customers can enjoy great tasting CherryHill cherries from early November right through to February.
Selected for their rich fertile soil, clean air and abundant water supply, CherryHill ensure the orchards meet the ideal conditions necessary to cultivate the deliciously plump, juicy and sweet cherries.
1.Yarra Valley, Victoria
The historical home of Victorian cherries, the iconic Yarra Valley is where it all began for CherryHill. Rich, fertile soils, long sunshine hours and an ample supply of fresh water from the Yarra River ensure the Yarra Valley is synonymous with all things agriculture. This cool climate region is made up of rolling hills and temperate forest valleys, with the Dandenong Ranges to the South and the Plenty Ranges to the West. The mild temperatures and dry summers, plus the fertile, red volcanic soils of the Wandin orchard, provide the perfect conditions for the mid late season cherries, producing large, juicy, deep red fruit with a superior sweetness. The home of CherryHill’s ‘Pick Your Own Cherries’, every summer thousands of cherry lovers flock here to pick their own cherries straight from the tree, enjoying the spectacular views and quality time spent with friends and family at this fantastic location.
2.Victorian High Country
Nestled against a backdrop of the snow-capped Victorian Alps lie the fertile, volcanic soils of the Victorian High Country. A picture postcard place where alpine resorts are littered amongst the snow gum forests, this is also Ned Kelly country. The crisp cool air here is the perfect location for our late season cherries, whose trees produce fewer fruit, which are generally larger in size with a sweet, low-acid flavor. The trees here are fed by spring water from the nearby snow melt and take advantage of habitual winter temperatures that stimulate an even blossom to produce the best possible crop, when the warm temperatures of summer return.
3.Goulburn Valley, Victoria
North of the Great Dividing Range, separated by the Goulburn and Broken River Valleys, this locality is home to the Strathbogie Ranges which are the remains of uplifted granite, rising from a wide, volcanic plateau. The rich soils and sun-kissed slopes of this classic Victorian countryside are ideal fruit growing conditions and it’s locally known that everything tastes better from here. The Goulburn River and its many tributaries provide ample irrigation to an abundance of orchards that flourish in the sheltered river plain. The cool evenings counter the warm days of summer here to produce CherryHill’s mid-season crop of Kordia and Regina cherries, characterized by their firm, crunchy flesh, deep mahogany color, and extensive depth of flavor these large cherries prove ever popular for cherry lovers, season after season.
4.Murray Valley, Victoria
Broadly known as the food-bowl of Australia, here the Murray River flows through a giant basin bordered by the Great Dividing Range. Home to Cobram, CherryHill’s largest orchard, the Murray Valley is the perfect location for the cherries to thrive in the well-drained soil and open, sunny plains of this ancient river catchment. This orchard is where CherrHill grow the early season cherries, due to the warmer temperatures and longer sunshine hours. Affectionately known as the ‘Peaches and Cream’ area on the southern banks of the Murray River, Cobram is famous for its stone fruit production. Direct access to fresh, clean water from the Murray River ensures the cherry trees consistently produce a high quality, full crop and make it to your table as soon as possible.
IV. Mission and Vision
1. Unrelenting commitment to quality
CherryHill is committed to bringing their customers the freshest, most delicious cherries right through the season. The number one thing they always look for is flavour.
They do not intend to maximize profit by altering the normal growing rhythm of the fruit. Instead, they produce premium quality cherries by allowing well balanced trees to grow in the manner that they should be.
CherryHill also endeavours to research and develop natural agricultural techniques to improve fruit quality. They have developed friendships with many growers, breeders and other areas of their industry through sharing of research results and techniques. These relationships have borne many of the ideas that are fundamental to where Cherryhill is today.
2. Sustainable farming from the ground up
CherryHill is considerate to the ecological environment and do not exhaust the soil. They use the latest technology to sample their soil and ensure that all nutrients are present in their desired quantities. This also extends to their water use, which is very important to them in Australia.
Cherryhill is determined to only use chemical where necessary. Since they focus only on delivering cherries fresh by airfreight, they do not need to expose their cherries to extra chemicals to prolong storage life for seafreight voyages.
3. Consistently delivering premium products
CherryHill prioritises freshness through their distribution network from the packing facilities in the Yarra Valley through to their trusted retail and wholesale partners. They follow strict quality control processes and use the latest optical technology for size, colour, and defects.
CherryHill’s orchards are home to more than 40 varieties, allowing their season to extend from November all the way until February each year. Here are some of the favorite varieties!
The CherryHill Regina is a deep and rich fruit, well-loved for its beautiful mahogany red skin and lusciously-long green stems. Well suited to growing in our cool climate, it is plump and pretty with excellent firmness that produces the ultimate cherry zest – a good crunch and sweet flavor.
With a gentle and subtle texture, The CherryHill Sylvia is our mid-season large and sweet tasting fruit, grown and picked in the beautiful Goulburn valley. Typically well protected by tree foliage and less prone to splitting, Sylvia emerges as a lovely heart-shaped fruit with a shorter stem.
3.Royal Dawn Cherry
Grown and picked in the majestic Murray Valley region, the CherryHill Royal Dawn is hailed as a crowd-favorite during the early to mid season. Its regal appearance is a deep and divine plump fruit with strong solid stems. Beneath its gentle, subtle texture is a sweet crunch of full-bodied flavor.
4.Sweet Georgia Cherry
A slow to mature cherry, hand-picked during late season harvest from our beautiful Yarra Valley and Victorian High Country orchards. These delicious CherryHill Sweet Georgia ‘late bloomers’ are worth the wait, with their dark red skin and sweet golden-red flesh.
Bing is the iconic cherry that’s talked about around the world – a big and heart-shaped fruit grown in our very own Murray Valley region. Our CherryHill Bing is a firm, fine quality fruit with a deliciously sweet, vibrant flavor.
CherryHill Nordwunder whisks you away to where it hails from – the elevations of our Victorian High Country and Goulburn Valley regions. With its deep ruby red complexion, outstanding firmness and tantalizing sweetness, one bite will revel a burst of flavor, that will leave you wanting more.