Winchester Ciderworks- Hand crafted gluten free Virginia Hard Cider. We produce handcrafted Hard Cider from apples predominantly grown in the Shenandoah Valley. Each batch we make is dependent upon Mother Nature and not made from apple concentrate. The care we take in the making of our hard ciders are apparent to those who drink them.
|Charred Ordinary- Served all day long at colonial-era taverns, or ordinaries, cider was the refreshment of choice for Virginians of all classes and walks of life – man, woman, child, rich and poor. Charred Ordinary is gently sparking and made from heirloom variety apples to create an old-fashioned Virginia cider, dry and sharp.||Aragon 1904- Blue Bee Cider produces its ciders in a turn-of-the-20th-century coffee warehouse along the James River in Richmond’s Old Manchester district. The first records of the Aragon Coffee building are dated 1904, a time when coffee was often traded for tobacco down the river to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. Blue Bee Cider makes ARAGON 1904 from a blend of modern and heirloom apple varieties to create a light, crisp, off-dry cider. ||Harvest Ration- Prior to the Temperance Movement, it was commonplace for Virginians working the apple harvest to receive a daily ration of cider and brandy – the first for hydration and the second for aches and pains. HARVEST RATION combines the two, creating a sweet cider fortified with brandy distilled from our own blend of bittersweet apples. Because the brandy requires a little bit of aging to round it, Harvest Ration is usually not available until about one year after the initial harvest of the fruit.|
|Hopsap Shandy- a traditional cider with a modern twist. After a light dry-hopping, this Winesap blend takes on floral, grassy and zesty citrus notes with an assertive apple finish. Borne of a whim, Hopsap Shandy is something refreshingly unexpected that can appeal to aficionados of beer, wine and cider alike.||Mill Race Bramble- infuses a cider primarily from heirloom Summer Rambo apples with bramble berries to accentuate the cider’s sharpness and fruit notes.||Rocky Ridge Reserve- is a blend of small cider lots from the 2012 harvest aged in fruit brandy barrels until they achieve a rich, spirituous finish.|
|Hopsap Shandy- Cascade hops and heirloom cider apples unite in Blue Bee Cider’s HOPSAP SHANDY, a traditional cider with a modern twist. After a light dry-hopping, this Winesap blend takes on floral, grassy and zesty citrus notes with an assertive apple finish. Borne of a whim, Hopsap Shandy is something refreshingly unexpected that can appeal to aficionados of beer, wine and cider alike. ||Fanfare- A rosé cider blend infused with wild mulberries.||Firecracker- is a dessert cider made from Virginia Gold Rush apples and ginger-infused eau de vie, created in partnership with Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Casselmonte Farm. This limited edition will be available online beginning July 4th.|
The Winery at Kindred Pointe- Owners Amy and Bruce Helsley originally purchased the 58-acre property in 2005. Within a year the couple opened Kindred Pointe Stables. The name “Kindred Pointe,” coming from Amy’s love of Anne of Green Gables. The first structures, a storage barn and horse barn, were added to the property in 2007. With Amy running the stable, Bruce decided to turn his attention to grapes. This was a good fit for Bruce, as he always had a natural green thumb. Merlot was the first crop to be planted in 2008. At this point, the thought of opening a winery was non-existent. Due to the recession in 2010, the economy was no longer ideal for boarding horses. Amy, also a certified public accountant, realized that it was time for a change and that wine would be a good choice to make the business profitable. Bruce and Amy's thoughts turned to expanding the vineyard and opening a winery in 2011. In 2012, Bruce along with high school friend Andy, the winery's first employee, began the transformation from barn to tasting room. After years of hard work preparing for the winery, the doors officially opened for business in October, 2013. Since then, the storage barn has been converted into the barrel room and a large pavilion was added in 2016. Each year more wines are being produced on-site. Eventually, Bruce will be the full-time winemaker and vintner. Bruce and his brother John are also producing a variety of hard ciders on-site.
207 W. Washington Street
|Malice- is our flagship cider made with a blend of five apples from our orchards in the Shenandoah Valley. Malice is a light, fragrant cider that packs a punch. Made in the style of Stephen's birthplace, the Eastern Counties of England, the aim is to create a clean, refreshing beverage with good balance between acidity and sweetness. 6.9% abv.||Wicked Wiles Bourbon- is a new original tasting cider made with tasty hand-picked apples from our orchards in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is aged in recycled bourbon/rye/brandy/rum barrels for several months until the ideal balance has been met. ||Wicked Wiles Rye- is a new original tasting cider made with tasty hand-picked apples from our orchards in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is aged in recycled bourbon/rye/brandy/rum barrels for several months until the ideal balance has been met.|
|Wicked Wiles Brandy- is a new original tasting cider made with tasty hand-picked apples from our orchards in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is aged in recycled bourbon/rye/brandy/rum barrels for several months until the ideal balance has been met. ||Wicked Wiles Rum- is a new original tasting cider made with tasty hand-picked apples from our orchards in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is aged in recycled bourbon/rye/brandy/rum barrels for several months until the ideal balance has been met. |
Monroe Bay Vineyard
Colonial Beach, Virginia
3575 Conicville Rd
Mt Jackson, Virginia
Direct Virginia only
17768 Honeyville Road
Buskey Cider Company- Reviving the Colonial Tradition of Hard Cider. Our tasting room is a great representation of our cidery's spirit. Located in an architecturally-unique, old Richmond train car loading building in Scott's Addition, We have sought to marry the old Richmond industrial charm to sleek modern/minimalist design while focusing on up-cycling and reclaiming. Come visit us to learn about cider, sample small release batches, or mingle and have a few pints with friends. The smell of fermenting apples and learning more about how it's all done, while enjoying a refreshing cider, of course, is pretty hard to beat!
|RVA CIDER- DO YOU LOVE EVERYTHING RVA? This refreshing cider fermented beautifully, was cold crashed to hold its signature flavor and then slightly back sweetened with unfermented juice to let you fully experience the Virginia apples. ||45 AND TRYING- Dry and refreshing, yet challenging.||ROTATING DRY HOP CIDER- We regularly rotate hopped ciders. |
|INFUSIONS- in addition to our traditional apple ciders we also have batches that we ferment and or infuse with other fruits.||RANDALL'D CIDERS- We love to experiment with fresh flavors. A Randall is a canister full of fruit or other products that infuses the in-line on the way to your glass. |
Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery- Cider is finally coming back into its own as America’s table drink, a position it enjoyed during Colonial times and throughout the 19th Century. Today, especially here in Virginia where we obtain our cider and produce it, you see the different schools of thought concerning cider: from the traditional farm cideries where classic cider apples are pressed and the juice fully fermented with only yeast added, to the cutting edge cider makers who are influenced by the craft beer movement and infuse and co-ferment a riotous blend of new and historic natural flavors into their ciders. At our Cidery, Mount Defiance is very proud to offer classic and craft ciders. We have traditional farmhouse blends of dry cider and do a single variety cider, but we also love to infuse fresh ginger for a serious ginger flavored cider and we run a full spectrum of infused and co-fermented ciders ranging from honey (cyser) to blueberries to our five pepper cider, designed to stand up to barbecues. Every season brings different flavors to entice our customers. Our style can best be described as eclectic and accessible, for we believe there should be a cider to suit a wide variety of tastes and food pairings. Come pay us a visit and taste for yourself.
|Jupiter's Legacy- is a fruity blend of classic American cider apples -- Harrison, Yates, Hyslop and Virginia Crab -- augmented with several dessert varieties. This dry cider is fresh, clean, bright and lively on the tongue.||Old Virginia Winesap- is the second varietal from Albemarle CiderWorks and makes a notable contribution to our revival of traditional American ciders. It is spicy, floral, and fruity, slightly tart with a lingering finish.||GoldRush- is a recent American apple from Purdue University, named for its color and the rush of flavor it offers. That flavor is rich, complex and vinous. Its tart acidity, balanced with a spicy sweetness, makes it highly prized for cider. This fourth single varietal from Albemarle CiderWorks is dry and crisp with citrus overtones hinting of grapefruit. Its tartness on the tongue is smoothed by notes of honey and ginger.|
|Royal Pippin- is a fruity cider crafted entirely from Albemarle Pippins. It is a dry cider that has a champagne-like quality. It is an excellent accompaniment to many foods, and is a delightfully refreshing beverage on its own.||Ragged Mountain- is a cider blend of classic apple varieties -- Albemarle Pippin, Winesap, Black Twig, Grimes Golden and Stayman -- historically grown on and around the Ragged Mountains. This is a semi-dry cider crafted to please a wide range of palates.||Pomme Mary- This fruity cider is made from vintage American cider apples and is enhanced by a bit of sweetness. We named it to honor our mother, Mary Margaret, who prefers a less dry profile. It sports mellow notes of tropical fruits – mango, pineapple, or kiwi. |
|Red Hill- named for the small community just north of Albemarle CiderWorks, is a blend of traditional cider varieties melded with the juice of Winesap and Albemarle Pippin apples that are grown in the red clay soils for which the area is named. It is a complex and earthy dry cider with a bright acidity and tart apple flavor. ||Our first reserve cider, Virginia Hewes Crabhas a complexity rarely found in single varietals. Very balanced, with a bold body, this cider is floral and intense. ||1817- Based on a recipe in the historical text "A View of the Cultivation of Fruit Trees and the Management of Orchards and Cider," authored by William Coxe and published in the year 1817, this cider is comprised of a rich blend of 3 different classic cider apples. |
|Arkansas Black- The dark burgundy Arkansas Black is considered one of the most beautiful of apples.The tart, crisp cider it produces is slightly tannic, and sports aromatic qualities reminiscent of green apples with honey and vanilla notes. This dry cider's flavor hints of tart strawberry or melon and pairs well with the earthy notes of truffled dishes and creamy soft cheeses. Its|
crisp minerality also recommends it for seafood, especially oysters and crab.
|Black Twig- is a full-bodied varietal cider with a light astringency. It sports notes of orange peel, spice, and vanilla, followed by a clean finish. A seedling of the Winesap apple, in 1830 the Black Twig was discovered growing on the estate of Major Rankin Toole in Tennessee. Purported to be a favorite of Andrew Jackson, today this tart and tannic apple is prized by many who have had the good fortune to taste this increasingly rare variety. ||Brut D'Albemarle- A champenoise-style cider crafted from the juice of Albemarle Pippins. Brut d'Albemarle offers the creamy mouthfeel of a true champaigne, with the clean, fruity finish characteristic of Albemarle CiderWorks' drier ciders. We will release this cider in August 2015, and it will be available exclusively through our tasting room in North Garden; sign up for our monthly e-mail newsletter to stay on top of all the latest releases and events!|
2545 Rural Ridge Lane,
North Garden, Virginia
|Crabbottom Pippin- Sparkling gold clear Off Dry cider featuring Dolgo Crabs, Jonagold, Winesap, Pink Lady, and other various locally harvested apples.||Highland Scrumpy- Sparkling gold clear Semi-Dry cider featuring over 20 varieties of locally sourced apples. This is a blend of ciders using 2 different wine yeasts, but the character of this cider really comes from the wild yeast ferment that one of the blends went through.||Monterey Maple- Sparkling gold clear Semi-Dry cider featuring Mutsu, Winesap and Pink Lady. This cider is fermented with local Maple Syrup, which tends to balance out the acids slightly.|
|Church Hill Blush- Sparkling clear rose colored Medium Sweet cider, featuring locally grown heirloom apples and fermented with locally grown raspberries. ||Wassail (only available seasonally)- From Old Norse “ves heil” literally meaning “be you healthy.” Mulled cider was traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a medieval English drinking tradition to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.|
Virginia The Cyder Market hard cider information for cider makers and drinkers in Virginia.
Potter's Craft Cider
Free Union, Virginia, 22940
At Foggy Ridge Cider we aim to revive the artisan cidermaking tradition. We harvest ripe apples from our three orchards and craft small batches of carefully selected cider blends. Each season is different, and our ciders vary from year to year. The cidermaker is intimately involved in all aspects of the orchard and Cider House from grafting and pruning to picking and blending. Foggy Ridge Cider begins in the orchard with cider apples carefully selected for their unique flavors and grown for taste, not appearance. In our cidermaking, we aim to put this fruit in the bottle with minimal manipulation. You won't find hopped or oak flavored cider; we don't flavor our hard won cider apples with additions. Instead, we aim to put the orchard in every bottle.
Cobbler Mountain Cellars
5909 Long Fall Lane
2910 W Leigh St
Richmond, VA 23230
6065 Turkey Sag Road
Corcoran Vineyards- We have always been a small family run winery and that is still the case today. We are only open to the public on weekends at the farm from 12noon until 5:00pm. We don't have large crowds or have special events, our focus continues to be quality wines and hard cider. Cider is fermented apple juice, just like our apple wine, but with no sugar added. Our cider is carbonated and crisp and refreshing. Just as our wines are made in the vineyard, our cider is truly made in the apple orchard. We choose apples for Tannins, Sugar and Acid, thus combining the best of each variety to create sophisticated flavors that range somewhere between a glass of wine and a cold beer. Something very unique at Corcoran is that Lori Corcoran is always on hand to answer any questions our guests have each weekend. Corcoran was the first Winery/Brewery in the Commonwealth and now with our first offering of Hard Cider, we are excited to be able to carry on the tradition that Thomas Jefferson started back in 1769 when he planted numerous varieties of apples at Monticello.
1328 Pineview Road
1320 Summit Ave
Courthouse Creek Cider- Before there was Courthouse Creek, there was a lawyer/chef (Eric) and an elementary school teacher (Liza). They lived in the Central Coast of California. Liza – a gardener/teacher/single mom – taught grades K-6 in Parkfield’s proverbial one-room, “little red schoolhouse.” Eric – a chef/lawyer/single dad – ran a small eatery, a solo law practice, and was the chef for a few local wineries. They met. They fell in love. They got engaged and moved their blended family (four kids) to Virginia. Why? Because Virginia is for lovers – or so they say! Well, additionally, sometime in 2012 Eric and Liza wrote down their dreams on a big piece of construction paper. When they stepped back and took a look at what they wrote down, they saw a blending of both Eric’s and Liza’s passions. Their ideal home? A living, breathing, healthy environment for their kids to explore and on which to grow-up. Someplace where they could plant an orchard and produce an honest product – made from their land – that touched on their experiences living on the Central Coast. And this someplace had a creek running through it. Welcome to Courthouse Creek Cider: The vision of a family sharing common goals and values, coming together to produce farmstead, premium, hand-crafted cider. And, yes, a creek runs through it!
|Foggy Ridge'sFirst Fruit cider blends early season American heirloom apples to create a rich fruity cider with lively acidity to drink, like Thomas Jefferson, on its own or with a meal.||Our Sweet Stayman Cider blends the original Stayman apple with heirloom varieties like Grimes Golden and Cox's Orange Pippin to create a lightly sweet cider to sip on its own or with spicy food. ||Serious Cider mixes traditional English cider apples like Tremlett's Bitter and Dabinett with tart American favorites like Ashmead's Kernel and Roxbury Russet. This crisp light food friendly cider is a refreshing aperitif paired with cheesy nibbles.|
|Foggy Ridge Handmade, bottled in baby champagne bottles and for sale only at restaurants and retailers. This crisp cider made from Newtown Pippin apples has beautiful soft tannins and a delicate apple flavor with light pear notes.||Pippin Gold is a unique blend of 100% Newtown Pippin hard cider and apple brandy from Laird and Company, the country's oldest distiller. Pippin Gold is delicious as a dessert cider or sweet aperitif. Some have swooned over peaches soaked in Pippin Gold served with homemade pound cake.||Pippin Black combines hard cider from Newtown Pippin and Arkansas Black apples with Virginia apple brandy. To gild the lily we age this blend on Hungarian Oak. Butterscotch and caramel notes combine with rich apple flavor, making this apple port ideal with blue cheese and walnuts.|
|Farmhouse Dry- Pale gold and effervescent with pronounced fruit aroma hinting of peach and melon. Don’t let the heady nose fool you - with no residual sugars, the flavor is crisp, tart, and exceptionally dry. Uniquely refreshing with a crisp finish that pairs well with a variety of foods including pork, duck, wild game, and aged cheeses.|
Oak Barrel Reserve- Patiently aged in oak barrels sourced from a local apple brandy distillery, every batch of this handcrafted cider develops unique character and complexity. Traditional barrel-aging techniques produce a full-bodied cider with intense aromas of caramel, vanilla, and toasted oak. Bright fruit flavors (crisp apple, pear, brandied cherries) give way to butterscotch and toffee with complex tannins in the finish.
|Hop Cider- Tropical fruit notes from Albemarle Pippin and Gold Rush apples are complemented by the juicy citrus character of whole-leaf Citra and Amarillo hops. Our unique cold infusion process brings out delicate hop aromas and flavors without the bitterness you would expect in a hoppy beer. This mouthwatering cider appeals to craft beer and cider drinkers alike. |
|Betwixt- Full fresh apple on the palate with a hint of ale on the nose. Somewhere between the familiarity of beer and wine, Old Hill’s Betwixt is loved by all.||Yesteryear- Our traditional cider, made from a blend of Virginia’s finest heirloom apples including Pippin, Winesap, and Stayman. Just shy of dry with a kiss of spicy citrus, this cider is crisp and palate cleansing. Yesteryear offers the opportunity to step back in time and experience a beverage similar to those consumed in early America…||Cidermaker’s Barrel- is an exciting, complex cider that is crafted from the wild yeast that has developed from decades of cider making and maintaining orchards on Old Hill. After pressing, the cider is racked into bourbon barrels where the slow, steady, natural fermentation process results in unique, robust characteristics. This traditional Old Hill process is a bit wild, like cider making of old, and therefore somewhat unpredictable, but expect bright, tropical fruitiness of the reserve cider that colonial cidermaker’s would have kept back for their own enjoyment.|
|Heritage- This more serious, wine-like cider has bright acidity and stone fruit character. Its mid-palate sweetness and creamy finish make it a great partner for fatty meats, mushrooms and wash rind cheeses like Brie or Camembert.||Season's Finish- Our ice-style dessert cider with its deep gold color is round and viscous. Its long, silky, smooth mouth feel has flavors of apple, pineapple, red cherry and toast.|
Chateau Morrisette Winery- is one of Southwest Virginia's premier destinations for award-winning wine and fine dining. The winery produces an extensive range of wines, while the restaurant specializes in fresh and delicious regional cuisine. Shop our diverse selection of wines here, while visiting the Tasting Room of our Virginia winery, or perhaps at a retail outlet near you. When you visit us, enjoy the rustic elegance of the Chateau Morrisette Restaurant or take in one of our Black Dog Music Festivals or other special events. Savor the view, ranked among the top restaurant views in America. Sip some wine by one of our fireplaces, on our restaurant terrace, or in our winery courtyard. Relax and enjoy. Chateau Morrisette is open year round. Find us along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, Virginia.
Hard Apple Cider 2014- Dry Cider bottled wine-style by Monroe Bay Winery. Light carbonation light green lightly cloudy clear cider.
|Terrestrial- A nose of fresh apples with a hint of peach that follows through on the palate. Bright acidity gives this a clean, refreshing finish. Blend of Winesap and Albemarle Pippin apples. Extremely crisp and refreshing.||Levity - The flagship sparkling Virginia cider of Castle Hill, aged and fermented in clay amphorae called kvevri. Allowed to rest on full lees for four months, this cider expresses layers of complexity.||Celestial Merret- An exciting blend of Albemarle Pippin, English Bittersweet, and Winesap apples re-fermented in the bottle to add crispness and buoyancy. |
|Celestial- This cider has firm tannin structure that exhibit notes of earthiness, spice and citrus.This comes from a blend of Ellis Bitter and Albemarle Pippin apples.Celestial’s finish is enhanced by a touch of Winesap apples that offer a bright clean finish.||Gravity- This still Virginia cider is amber in color with notes of melon, peach, and light citrus. Gravity’s hint of sweetness on the finish is balanced with good astringency.||Serendipity- A fresh, fruity cider pressed at peak ripeness then arrested at fermentation and lightly filtered. 100% Albemarle Pippin apples. |
|Black Twig- A still, dry cider made from Black Twig heirloom apples and aged in Charred Tennessee Whiskey barrels. Full bodied with a mildly astringent finish. Enjoy at cellar temperature. ||Big Pippin- fresh fruit and ginger on the nose with notes of vanilla and caramel on the palette, Big Pippin delivers a lengthy finish of citrus and spice|
59 Spruce Street
1020 Rockfish Valley Highway
|Hard Times- A classic semi-dry hard cider. Reminiscent of a light beer.||Hard Luck- Semisweet with a nutty finish.||Hoppy- A beer style cider infused with hops, giving the cider a citrus element.|
|Hard Core- Traditional sweet cider.||Hard Up- This cider will appeal to those with a sweet tooth, as it is made using Belgian candy sugar.||Ginger- A unique cider, unlike anything around. This semi-dry cider is infused with ginger.|
|Lemon Shandy- (Seasonal) A semi-dry lemon cider... very refreshing.|
|Bold Rock Virginia Apple- From the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wintergreen, Virginia, comes this crisp and refreshing hard cider crafted with care using Virginia apples.||Bold Rock Virginia Draft- From the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wintergreen, VA comes Virginia Draft. This smooth and distinctive Hard Cider combines its apple heritage with superb drinkability.||Pear Cider- New Zealand pears and Blue Ridge Mountain apples. |
|Crimson Ridge Vat No. 1- In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wintergreen, Virginia is a cidery overlooking the Rockfish River. Here a custom blend of Virginia apples is crafted to make a premium hard cider with a rounded, full-bodied apple taste. Rich and beautifully effervescent, Crimson Ridge is exceptionally well-balanced, bringing out the very best in Virginia apples.||Crimson Ridge Vintage Dry- Rich and beautifully effervescent it is exceptionally well-balanced, bringing out the very best in Virginia apples.||Carolina Apple-made form North Carolina apples.|
|Carolina Draft- from a blend of North Carolina apples.||IPA- A citrusy, dry-hopped, well-balanced cider.||Seasonal- Blood Orange, Peach, Honeydew|
287 Winery Road SW
Cobbler Mountain Cellars- Home to the "Little Winery That Could"~ is where the fairies live in big poplar trees, children run barefoot to Thumb Run Creek and stories of the wise Grandfathers and kind Grandmothers are shared around the Grand Fire Circle at the foot of the forest. A legendary dreamer, Grandfather McCarthy, discovered Big Cobbler Mountain in 1959. His love of creatures and exploring has been preserved and passed down to his children and grandchildren. Come hike a wooded trail. Open a bottle of imagination. Sip handcrafted wines with the makers. Find a little fantasy under the old apple tree. Who knows who you will meet along the way?
Monroe Bay Vineyard- We are a small farm winery and vineyard located near Colonial Beach and hope to have our tasting room near Colonial Beach open by summer of 2016. This story is about a winemaker and a fisherman, exploring and enjoying... Kiki story starts over fifteen year ago in 1999 when she bought her very first house it was located in Southern France. An amazing stone watermill along a vast river, she purchased in without seeing the inside and in a country where she barely spoke the language. Most people thought she was a bit crazy including her own mother and maybe she was. But she has loved ever moment she has spent, painting, planting flowers and enjoying wine in the sunshine of France. She now lives in northern Virginia and still owes and rents out the West Mill house in southern France and has never lost her love of wine and water. For the past decade Kiki has been been making homemade wine in her garage with grapes from the Virginia region. Kiki is a nickname given to her when she was in Europe and fit the winemaking piece of her personality but her full name is Kirsten. Walter loves to fish and enjoys music. They first meet at a winery and both had an adventurousness outlook on life.
14635 Corkys Farm Lane
Estate Hard Apple Cider- This Hard Cider Blend Is A Carnival Of Flavors Including The Sweet “Cotton Candy” (Trees Near The Grand Campfire Circle), Tart Greens (Farmhouse) And Large Golden Juicy Yellow (Old Tree). The Zip And Zing Of Cider & Local Honey Blend (Giving A "Beer-Esque" Effervescence).
Blue Bee Cider, Virginia’s first and only urban cidery, Blue Bee Cider is located in the heart of downtown Richmond’s Old Manchester district at the fall line of the James River. The name for Blue Bee Cider is derived from a common name for one of Virginia’s native bees, osmia lignaria, or the blue orchard bee. These hardworking bees are solitary and wild, emerging early in the cool spring just in time to pollinate apple blossoms. At Blue Bee Cider, we aim to create balanced ciders true to their Virginia roots from a culinary perspective and true to the fruit from a cidermaking one. Each apple variety ferments differently, creating its own flavors which vary year to year depending on weather conditions. Blue Bee Ciders are never chapitalized (it’s so sunny in the South, who needs to add sugar?) and never watered down. We use raw juice and ferment it straight off the press.
Big Fish Cider, Co- is a new cidery in the town of Monterey, Virginia. It's a microcidery that creates new artisanal ciders as well as traditional craft ciders.
|Hatch- A classic dry cider that is gold in color, and filtered to remove any sediment. It’s nose is a bit funky, but taste is tempered with a slight acidity, tannin, and citrus and stone fruit notes. ||Windrush- A dry cider that has been aged on oak and chestnut staves. Flavor profiles include, baked apples, vanilla, caramel and toasted overtones. ||Rocket- an off-dry cider, COMING SOON! We will likely start this one sometime after the summer. |
|The Emperor-||Bella Vita- a cider infused with raspberries and ginger.||Honest Farmer- bottle-conditioned blend of seven apples, aged in rum and red wine barrels.|
THE CIDERS: COMING SOON!
Coyote Hole Ciderworks will produce premium, all natural hard ciders made from apples and fruit 100% grown in Virginia from local orchards and grown onsite. We will be making a wide array of ciders from our apple to limited edition ciders.
Castle Hill produces hard apple cider made from Virginia varietals. Cider is made in small batches in kvevri, terracotta vessels which are buried underground in the world’s most ancient method of fermentation. Cidery includes a wedding and special event venue featuring 11,000 square-foot barn on centuries old estate of Castle Hill, home of Colonel Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Listed as one of the world’s best ciders. We take an apple-centered approach to cider making. The aim of our technique is to bring out the best of each year’s harvest. Utilizing both tradition and the cutting edge, Castle Hill Cider strives to bring you the highest quality and most enjoyable ciders. From fermenting the Levity in buried kvevri, the world’s oldest known fermentation vessels, to arresting fermentation of the Serendipity with cross flow filtration; from working with growers of varieties truly suited to cider, to renovating an 80 year old orchard, we strive to bring you the best cider to share with meals, friends, and relaxing moments.
Wild Hare Hard Cider- Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wild Hare Cider is born and bred. We are a boutique, micro-cidery that started from a desire to craft something with our hands, and let time and nature work together through modern fermentation techniques. Our fruit comes directly from our orchard located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Pressed apple juice transforms into a product that, inspired by a drink our forefathers may have delighted in, is both delicious and interesting. Our ciders are unique and not comparable to anything that is typically found on the shelf next to the six packs at the grocery store. We invite you to come out to our tasting room located in the idyllic town of Bluemont, VA, and try the drink that’s being revitalized, one apple at a time.
72 School House Road
Mills River, North Carolina
|Corcoran Hard Cider- This is our first batch of hard cider, made with a variety of seven different apples, leaving it off-dry and carbonated. With racing bubbles this cider is crisp and refreshing. Serve chilled and enjoy as your gluten free beverage. ||Knot Head- With a “secret” blend of seven apples, grown locally, this cider was aged just a few weeks in Bourbon barrels giving it a Whiskey-Sour type taste. Lightly sweetened and fuller bodied.|
|PoPo Peach- Our new addition to our cider line up. These apples were picked at the peak of ripeness leaving it slightly sweet with a hint of crisp peach flavors. ||Sinful- Handcrafted from a variety of Virginia grown apples, this cider is sinfully sweet and delicious|
Bold Rock Hard Cider, at our cidery in Nellysford, Virginia, our internationally-respected cider master, Brian Shanks, ensures that every hand-crafted bottle of Bold Rock and Crimson Ridge hard cider meets his high standards of perfection. You're welcome to stop by for a hard cider tasting and tour of our farm winery. Bring a picnic and enjoy it with a cider by the river. We may be crushing apples, fermenting ciders, filling bottles, or shipping kegs or cases out to distributors. We'll be glad to show you around and talk about cider! Our hard cider business currently operates from two barns on our farm. We have constructed a rustic/elegant timber frame building which houses our permanent cidery/tasting room on a hill overlooking the Rockfish River on the southwest end of the farm.
The Cyder Market hard cider information for cider makers and drinkers in Virginia.
Old Hill Hard Cider at Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse-Delicious and natural, familiar and flavorful, the American tradition of hard cider is back in the Shenandoah Valley courtesy of Old Hill Cider, and it’s better than ever. Based in Timberville, Old Hill Cider is the Shenandoah Valley’s first such cidery. Using carefully selected apples of heirloom cider-specific varieties, their artisan hard cider is made from 100% apple juice. The added benefit of hard cider being gluten-free is attracting new fans as well. We are located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Family Owned and Operated, We've been in business for 35 years. Our Orchard is located on approximately 40 acres with breath taking views of the Valley. We grow over 20 varieties of Apples and we process Our Famous Apple Cider on the premises and is available for sale in our Country Market.
|Barrel aged Cider- The blend comprising this cider was fermented and aged in a combination of neutral French and American oak barrels. A separate fermentation took place in in stainless steel tanks and a portion of this was blended back to increase the apple character. The lightly carbonated, off-dry Barrel Aged cider has a beautiful apple character on the nose along with a faint hint of oak derived characteristics on the palate.||Chai Cider- Our Chai Spiced cider is flavored using all real spices you can find in your kitchen cabinet. We meticulously formulated our own unique blend of ginger, vanilla beans, green cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and peppercorn until it was just right. The spice blend was then integrated into the base cider to create this interesting take on a spiced cider. We think you’ll love it.||Cherry Ginger Cider- The apple cider was fermented in stainless steel tanks, then blended with a portion of our freshly fermented Cherry Wine that is currently still in tank. Next, we added just enough ginger juice to get the flavor of ginger to come through, but avoid the heat ginger can bring when used in excess. The final product is full of apple and cherry fruitiness with a touch of ginger on the nose and palate. Try it. You’ll be happy you did.|
Albemarle Ciderworks and Virginia Vintage Apples- Vintage Virginia Apples was founded in 2000 by the Shelton family. In our orchard, we grow a variety of tree fruits that are becoming increasingly rare. Many of these are older varieties that have fallen into obscurity or just do not fit the needs of today’s commercial marketing and distribution systems. Cast aside in the search for perfectly saleable, shippable and storable fruit are hundreds of heirloom and local varieties, a vibrant universe of texture, flavor and scent. Our most ambitious project is Albemarle CiderWorks, which we opened in July 2009. The Ciderworks is a family-run Cidery and Tasting Room that produces hard cider from heritage varieties of apples that can thrive in Albemarle County, Virginia. Thomas Jefferson experimented with 18 or more varieties of apples at Monticello, only a few miles from our orchard at Rural Ridge. We grow a dozen or so of those heritage cultivars that are still extant as well as other old-fashioned varieties that are blended to create full-bodied ciders to rival those produced in the Colonial era.
|Farmhouse Style Dry- Like a classic Virginia Farmhouse, Mt. Defiance Cider is Artisan Crafted. Hand made in small batches, our cider uses the finest quality apples and is barrel aged. Experience unpasteurized, unfiltered, unsweetened, traditional dry cider on its own or with a meal.Honey Hard Cider- Cyser, or cider fermented with honey, is a centuries old drink from England. Here at Mt. Defiance Cider, we use local honey and apples yielding a striking semi-dry Cyser with a faint honey note underlying a mildly fruity bouquet. Apple, honey and yeast fermented aged and racked by hand makes for a Cyser that is naturally clear, golden in appearance, and tastes like nothing else.||Farmhouse Style Extra Dry-Like a classic Virginia Farmhouse, Mt. Defiance Cider is Artisan Crafted. Hand made in small batches, our cider uses the finest quality apples and is barrel aged. Experience unpasteurized, unfiltered, unsweetened, traditional dry cider on its own or with a meal. This is our driest Farmhouse Style cider and is reminiscent of white wine.||Ginger Hard Cider- Our Ginger Cider is made with fresh ginger root and hard Apple Cider. We mix precise amounts of fresh grated ginger with the cider resulting in a warmly aromatic, fragrant hard cider, which dances on the tongue much like real ginger ale. Ginger is used in food and drink, some countries make a ginger wine. Here at Mt. Defiance Cider we pay homage to these traditional uses by blending it with our Cider for a delicious and very different taste. |
|General’s Reserve Hard Cider- Bourbon Barrel Aged Apple Cider. Take our dry Farmhouse Style cider. Age it in an oak bourbon barrel, and it produces our General’s Reserve: A strong, darker colored cider with whiskey notes and hints of vanilla and caramel. Much like it did when it contained bourbon. The charred oak interior of the barrel mellows the cider over time and imparts its own flavor and aromas. Named after General John Allen, Commanding General of all forces in Afghanistan from 2011-2013. One of our founding partners served with the General as his political advisor in Afghanistan, and recalls him as subtle, brilliant and authoritative. We’ve named our best cider in his honor. ||Honey Hard Cider- Cyser, or cider fermented with honey, is a centuries old drink from England. Here at Mt. Defiance Cider, we use local honey and apples yielding a striking semi-dry Cyser with a faint honey note underlying a mildly fruity bouquet. Apple, honey and yeast fermented aged and racked by hand makes for a Cyser that is naturally clear, golden in appearance, and tastes like nothing else. ||Blueberry Hard Cider- The intense rose hue of this cider lets you know it’s a wonderful fusion of fresh blueberries, picked at the height of the season and combined with fresh cider from Virginia apples. Slowly fermented together and allowed to reach maturity, the Cider tastes as good as it looks. The taste is not easily defined in that you pick up berry notes as well as citrus notes as the fermentation process fuses the two into a cogent whole, combining the essence of each. |
Coyote Hole Ciderworks- Located in the town of Mineral, a town rich in mining history. A Coyote Hole is a small blast hole used in mining operations looking similar to the holes that coyotes use as their dens. Coyote Hole Ciderworks' mission is to make premium, all natural hard cider from 100% Virginia apples sourced from some of the finest orchards in Virginia serving the Lake Anna community and beyond.
Virginia has a long history of cider making and drinking from its founding that was especially notable during the time of our nation's birth. Gentlemen of renown such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, along with most of the new nation's leaders and nearly every farmer in the land, produced and/or served cider in their homes. Today there are numerous active orchards around the state with many producing non-alcoholic apple cider. There are also 19 new and established cider makers and wineries producing hard cider and cyser using the same apple types and employing cider producing methods similar to our founding fathers.
Potter's Craft Cider- Our approach to cidermaking is straightforward. Experiment; learn by doing, reading, and engaging with the beer, cider, and winemaking communities; use local apples, products and services; love the place we live; support the charities and people that support our community; keep it fresh; keep it funky. We take cidermaking seriously, we don’t take ourselves seriously. Based in Free Union, Virginia, just outside of Charlottesville, we are in the heart of apple country at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All of our ciders start with locally-grown fruit, cultivated with care and harvested at peak flavor from nearby orchards and family farms. We press fresh heirloom and traditional cider apples such as the Albemarle Pippin and Virginia Winesap as well as modern cider apples such as the Gold Rush to create a cider that would make our forbearers proud. After the apples are pressed, we carefully ferment the fresh juice at cold temperatures allowing each apple variety the opportunity to fully showcase its unique flavor and aroma. Unlike many larger producers, we don’t add sugar or water to our ciders. Our process is respectful of a long Virginia tradition but we are not afraid to push boundaries to make ciders that stand out.
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