Cider in Virginia

  • Foggy Ridge Cider


    Blue Bee Cider

    Albemarle Ciderworks

    Castle Hill Cidery bottles

    Tasting at Blue Bee

    Castle Hill Cidery

    Pouring at Castle Hill


    Cider is fermented apple juice just as wine is fermented grape juice. The best cider, just like the best wine, is carefully crafted from fruit chosen for cider making. That brown stuff you buy in the grocery store juice section is just that, apple juice. In colonial America, fermented cider was the drink of choice. Thomas Jefferson’s champagne-like cider, made with Hewe’s Crabapples, was his “table drink”. Throughout the 19th century, growing apples and crafting cider from cider apples was an integral part of every community. Many Virginia cidermakers now aim to revive the cider tradition by growing, or encouraging others to grow cider apples, and by crafting fine cider.




    Celebrating a Virginia tradition of creating hard cider.

    Cider Week is November 14-24, 2014.

    In 2012, Virginia became the first state to have an official “Cider Week” proclaimed by its governor. This year Virginia Cider Week takes place November 14-24, with special tastings, pairings, dinners, events and workshops such as the selection below.



Don't miss these special events for Virginia Cider Week!

Piney River - Nov. 14 - Apple Cider Making Demo by Tom Burford at Saunders Brothers - Apple Cider Sampling with Tom Burford at Saunders Brothers Farm Market! 9AM to 5PM. Meet the oracle ... read more...

Richmond - Nov. 14 - Richmond Cider Celebration - At the opening of Cider Week Virginia, the Richmond Cider Celebration will bring together ... read more...

Luray - Nov. 14 - 15 - Shenandoah Seasonings Hard Cider Dinner Package - Join our Executive Chef and Sous Chefs at Skyland Resort for a grand evening of fine food paired ... read more...

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