Virginia Cideries Are Among the Best in the Country
While there’s a little bit of something for everyone in Virginia, it’s especially great for those who appreciate the crisp, sweet, refreshing taste of carefully perfected ciders. Like making wine, crafting cider is an art not unfamiliar to Virginians. In fact, the first cideries and orchards date back to colonial times and were enjoyed by many of our country’s founding fathers, like when George Washington used it to schmooze voters in the 1758 House of Burgess election. Today it remains one of the many reasons why Virginia is a desirable place to live, and what better way to get to know the state we love (and sell real estate in) than by getting a designated driver and following our Virginia Cider Trail?
First Stop: Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery
Located in historic Middleburg, Virginia Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery is the perfect place to get to know the craft. Here they offer tastings of their small-batch ciders, made from locally grown apples, in a beautiful setting. It’s still warm out so go ahead and try Old Volstead's Summer Shandy.
Stop #2: Winchester Ciderworks
Located right in Winchester, Winchester Ciderworks’ tasting room, despite being founded in 2011, sits in a building that was constructed in 1900. Here they tap into the old world tradition of English cidermaking to produce some of the finest libations in the business. Start with the ‘Malice’, which won SAVOR Magazine’s best traditional cider in 2020.
Stop #3: Old Hill Cider
To really get out of town, go check out the Old Hill Cider tasting room in Timberville. When you think of a picturesque country orchard and cidery, this is the kind of place that instantly comes to mind. Of course, their ciders are equally as spectacular. Drinking in the views as you sip cider from the source? It doesn’t get much better than this.
Stop #4: Halcyon Days Cider Co.
Their motto is ‘Older Ways. Better Days,’ which is fitting because Halcyon Days Cider Co., located in Natural Bridge, VA is both rustic and refined. Not to mention their ciders are highly regarded and they offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Plus it’s a family-run operation, so it’s wins all around.
Stop #5: Potter’s Craft Cider
Like the others, Potter’s Craft in Charlottesville offers an absolutely stunning tasting room, fantastic ciders that challenge the status quo - like the Passionfruit Mosaic Cider (great for summer) - and a generous outdoor space where food trucks and live music keep the mood just where you want it.
Stop #6: Courthouse Creek
Courthouse Creek in Maidens, VA offers a variety of interesting ciders including the ‘Shitake Happens’ which is technically an apple wine infused with shiitake mushrooms, which just sounds crazy enough to work. We’ll give them points for their boldness. However, this family-run farm and cidery also offers other more traditional ciders that are loved by many.
Final Stop: Lost Boy Cider
We’d be remiss to think that cider can only be made in rural areas. Rather, Lost Boy Cider is the industrial-chic cidery right in Alexandria. Starting here? Ending here? It doesn’t matter, it’s bound to be a good time, with good food, good friends, and, most importantly, excellent cider.
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