It’s finally fall, and you know what that means! Pumpkin patches, cool air, and beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow on the trees. If you love all things fall, then you are ready to welcome the season. If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate, you’re in luck. With the highest concentration of cideries in the state, Charlottesville is the perfect location to get in the fall spirit! Check out some of the best Charlottesville cideries.
Made from only the best apples in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bold Rock produces award-winning craft cider. The apples that create their ciders are within 35 minutes from their cideries, allowing them to produce crisp, delicious beverages. In addition to the delectable flavor of their ciders, they also have 1/3 fewer calories than other hard ciders. and are gluten-free!
Locations & Ciders
Bold Rock has multiple locations near Charlottesville. Their Nellysford Cidery and Barrel Barn offer plenty of space for visitors. The Cidery allows you to learn more about the production process while enjoying their craft beverages. Just down the hill, find the Nellysford Barrel Barn! This facility offers evening centric weekend hours. Furthermore, Carter Mountain Orchard offers a seasonal Bold Rock taproom! Guests will enjoy beautiful, scenic views with the entire Bold Rock portfolio on tap. Additionally, there is a seasonal taproom at Chiles Peach in Crozet as well.
Bold Rock Cider is fresh, delicious and crisp — fully embodying fall. Their core flavors include Virginia Apple, Rose, Pear, Carolina Draft, IPA (India Pressed Apple) and more! In addition to their core flavors, seasonally, they release unique flavors like Harvest Haze and Ginger Tumeric. Additionally, they offer Citrus, Blood Orange, and Peach in the warmer months! Be sure to check their website for hours and seasonal flavors.
Vintage Virginia Apples was founded in 2000, and grows a variety of fruits that offer unique texture, flavor, and scent. Albemarle CiderWorks, their most ambitious project, opened in 2009. Now, they offer tastings of their unique ciders at their Tasting Room!
The Tasting Room
The Tasting Room sits among the rolling hills of Albemarle County, offering beautiful views, tasty cider, and delicious food offerings. They are open January-August, Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-5pm. From September to December, they’re open every day from 11am-5pm! Pack a picnic, or choose from some of their a la carte local food options! These include baguettes from Albemarle Baking Company, cheese from Caromont Cheese, Chocolate from C’ville Candy, and more! Offering 15 cider varieties with unique apple infusions, there is plenty to choose from.
Fall is the perfect time for cider and apples. As a result, it’s the perfect time for festivals at Albemarle CiderWorks! On October 6th, join them all day for the Sangria Ramble, where local wineries feature their fall-inspired sangria. Experience live music throughout the month of October from various artists like the LUA Project, Her Checkered Past, and Irish Music Ft. Patrick & Aaron Olwell And Friends. On November 2, head to the Apple Harvest Festival! Enjoy mulled, pressed, and hard cider from 10am-5pm. Taste old-fashioned apple pies, caramel apples, and many more apple products! With hayrides and music throughout the day, you won’t want to miss out.
Just outside of Charlottesville in the countryside of Keswick, you will find Castle Hill Cider. With thousands of orchard trees, they produce a variety of award-winning ciders on their 600 acres of land. Their Tasting Room is open year-round and is a great space to enjoy unique ciders and relax in any season. Getting cold outside? No problem! Nestle by the fire and enjoy a glass.
Outdoor Tasting Area
In addition to the tasting room, they have an outdoor tasting area as well. Equipped with a copper bar, patio, umbrellas, and chairs, it’s the perfect place to spend warmer fall days. Additionally, guests are invited to play bocce and cornhole. Not only can guests come to enjoy cider, but special events can be hosted as well! In order to host a party or event, learn more here.
If you’re ready for fall and want to enjoy the outdoors a bit longer, visit these Charlottesville cideries! With beautiful views and tasty ciders, Charlottesville is the perfect place to celebrate.
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