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 Owner Charlotte Shelton touts the taste of heritage apples.
By Oct 9, 2019 - Sandy Hausman stopped at this state’s oldest cidery to learn more about the fruit and its delectable juice.

When it comes to apple production, Virginia ranks sixth in the nation – well behind Washington State which supplies 2/3rds of this country’s apples. It’s worth noting, however, that farmers here offer a huge variety, and our cider industry is growing.

Albemarle Ciderworks recently celebrated ten years in business on Route 29 south of Charlottesville. Charlotte Shelton and her brothers offer more than 200 kinds of apples and cider.  

“Of course there are literally thousands of varieties of apples,” she says. “This is an experience that so few of us are able to have, because we are the beneficiaries as well as the victims of an industrial agricultural system and a mass distribution food system.”


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