We produce handcrafted Hard Cider from apples predominantly grown in the Shenandoah Valley. Each batch we make is dependent upon Mother Nature and not made from apple concentrate. The care we take in the making them is apparent when customers drink the ciders
Fresh, Funky Cider
Our approach to cidermaking is straightforward. Use local Virginia apples, experiment, learn by doing, reading, and engaging with the beer, cider, and winemaking communities. Keep it fresh; keep it funky. Our cidery is based in Free Union, just outside of Charlottesville, we are in the heart of apple country at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Old Hill Cider is beginning the fifth year of production at Showalter’s Orchard. The Showalter family has been growing apples for 50 years, and blending and pressing fresh, sweet apple cider for more than 40 years, Old Hill Cider is the Shenandoah Valley’s first hard cidery. Cidermaker, Shannon Showalter, crafts ciders in innovative ways that honor early American Cidermakers.
Microcidery in Monterey, Virginia
Big Fish Cider Co is a microcidery in Monterey, Virginia making ciders using locally grown apples and traditional techniques to create completely new flavors. Our cider is available in a range of off-dry to semi-sweet blends and seasonal offerings. Big Fish has won multiple best in class, gold, silver and bronze awards at the Great Lakes Cider and Perry Competition as well as a Good Food Award.
Apple-Centered Approach to Cider Making
Our aim is to bring out the best of each year’s harvest. Utilizing both tradition and the cutting edge, Castle Hill Cider strives to bring you the highest quality and most enjoyable ciders.