October 22, 2014An Apple a Day for 47 Years -- New York Times
by: Michael Tortorello
DECORAH, Iowa — In the early spring of 1983, Dan Bussey started a file on his computer. The event would prove to be momentous in the annals of American pomology, though no one realized it at the time, including him.
October 2, 2014Virginia Cider Week Proclamation 2014 -- Commonwealth of Virginia
by: State of Virginia
By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized: VIRGINIA CIDER WEEK.
September 18, 2014Cider House Rules
Cider Week features these regional farm-made and craft ciders.
North Garden, VAwww.albemarleciderworks.com
Albemarle 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.
Blue Bee Cider
Blue Bee Cider is the newest cidery in Virginia and the only one in an urban location. Blue Bee Cider will start selling sweet apple juice, unfiltered, unpasteurized, with no preservatives, in fall 2012 at Richmond area farmers’ markets. It will launch its hard ciders in spring 2013.
Bold Rock Cider
Bold Rock Cidery crushes Virginia apples at their farm cidery along Rt. 151 at Wintergreen beneath the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Tours, tastings and hard cider to go. Come drink in the scenery! Bold Rock six-packs are available at our cidery and a wide variety of stores and pubs/restaurants throughout most of Virginia and our Crimson Ridge premium hard cider in 750ml bottles will be coming out soon.
Castle Hill Cider
The famous ‘Albemarle Pippin’ first came to Albemarle County in a planting at Castle Hill, home of Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Albemarle Pippins and twenty-seven other varieties are now raised in accordance with the organic standard at Castle Hill Cider, which occupies a beautiful 600 acre portion of the original Castle Hill estate. CHC uniquely combines modern and ancient techniques, and creates the world’s only cider that is fermented, and matured, in buried earthen amphorae or kvevri.
Foggy Ridge Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider reinvents cider tradition in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. English cider apples like Tremlett’s Bitter and Dabinett, along with American cider heirlooms such as Ashmead’s Kernel, Hewe’s Crabapple and Roxbury Russet, contribute complex flavors to Foggy Ridge Cider’s four hard cider blends plus two apple ports. Foggy Ridge Cider’s blends are crafted from real cider apples—chosen for tannin, acid and layered flavors—fermented in stainless, tank aged and blended carefully before bottling. This clean, elegant cider has been recognized in the NY Time, Saveur, Bon Appetit and Imbibe magazines as a top drawer craft cider. The cidery tasting room is open weekends, and Foggy Ridge Cider is sold throughout the southeast and in New York.
Old Hill Cider
Old Hill Cider is located on one of the oldest orchards in the Shenandoah Valley-Showalter’s Orchard. Sarah and Shannon’s family has been growing apples on their Old Hill for almost 50 years. The Showalter’s are working to revive an American Tradition…crafting cider in a way that the Colonial Cidermakers of early America would be proud to drink and to serve.
Potter’s Craft Cider
Free Union, VApotterscraftcider.com
Potter’s Craft Cider is a revival of authentic American farmhouse cider. It is made using nothing but high-quality traditional cider apples, including Virginia Winesap and Albemarle Pippin. Our apples are grown locally in family-run orchards from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Potter’s Craft Cider is available on draft and in bottles in Central Virginia and surrounding areas.
We pride ourselves on producing hand crafted english style hard cider from locally grown apples in the heart of Virginia’s apple country.
Cobbler Mountain Cellars
Standing tall ~ on the plateau above the field of Viognier vines ~ our long-time friend, the Old Apple Tree. A favorite of cousin Madison’s, where oil painting lessons and sleepy days on blankets take place. Our old tree has stood the test of time, waited for its owners to return after 40 years, fed the Black Bear & 3 little cubs, sheltered injured deer during hard winters and offered treats to visiting horses, or laughing children on a hot summer’s day.
Corcoran focuses on creating unique hard ciders from apples grown in Shenandoah. Our new cider barn is open Saturdays and Sundays offering tastings and bottles to go.