We’ve talked often about breweries and wineries that we love here in Charlottesville. We’ve even recently posted on some great distilleries. Did you know there are also fantastic cideries in Charlottesville?
If you like hard cider, there are several spots in C’Ville that make great cider from local apples that they grow in their own orchards (or they get them from orchards nearby). Though fall is our favorite time of year to enjoy hard cider, it’s also a refreshing drink for the hot weather ahead this month.
Here are our favorite spots to visit for a cold pint of hard cider:
Bold Rock is probably the most popular cider spot in the area. Their cider can be found on tap at several restaurants in the area that have a bar, but they also have a location in Nellysford, about 40 minutes away from the inn. Though there is a drive, their Cidery has probably one of our favorite views around. They have a large back deck with an absolutely beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a fire pit, and even a lovely little creek a short walk into their property. They also have a barrel barn which has been turned into a tasting room on the same property, opened in the evening on weekends. They serve food in their main tasting room- mostly snacks.
Bold Rock’s cider is on the sweeter side. Even their dryer ciders have a sweetness to them- the perfect amount! We think this is why Bold Rock is so popular. It’s a cider that most anyone who has a sweet tooth can enjoy! We highly recommend making it out to the tasting room because of the amazing views and relaxing feel.
Another local favorite, their cider is mainly dry, and some with sweeter notes. They use apples that are grown in their 80 year old orchard. The tasting room and outdoor tasting area are beautiful and open year round. In the summer months, enjoy a cool drink on the beautiful porch or outdoor seating area (with a copper, outdoor bar). In the winter months, cozy up by the fire with your favorite cider. The tasting room is in Keswick, VA, a little over a half hour drive from the Inn.
From April through August they hold a sunset music series every other Thursday evening with outdoor concerts. They also host a CiderFest over Labor Day weekend each year. Sounds like the perfect reason to visit C’Ville and stay with us if you love cider!
Potter’s Craft ciders are a favorite of ours because they are so unique. Most all of them are dry, and some classic like the Farmhouse Dry. However, they have craft cider flavors like Hop Cider, Grapefruit Hibiscus, and other unique options.
The location for Potter’s Craft is different than all of the others we’ll mention. They have a small tasting room and cider garden in Belmont, downtown, in collaboration with Bridge PAI. They only have evening hours from 4-10 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Because of its downtown location, it is less than 15 minutes from the Inn. Check their website to make sure of their hours, as they may change with the season. You can also find their cider on draft or by the bottle at many local restaurants or stores. Check out their “find cider” section of the website to see where you can get a bottle.
In North Garden Virginia, Albemarle Cider Works is again on the opposite side of the county from Castle Hill. They grow a variety of apples in their own orchard, and have a lovely, small tasting room where they often have live acoustic music and events. See views of the lovely rolling hills of Albemarle County and relax as you enjoy a tasting and a glass of your favorite cider you tasted!
Their ciders are on the dryer side, though some have a sweetness to them. We really enjoy the variety that they have and the different apple varieties they’ll educate you about as you go through your tasting! They also have some A La Carte food options from local companies such as Caromont Chees (a favorite of ours) and Albemarle Baking Company. Just a little over 20 minutes from the in, Albemarle Cider Works is nice and close to the Inn!
If you enjoy a glass of craft cider, we hope this list helps you make your decision on where to visit in the Charlottesville area!