Virginia is for cider lovers! This is true all year long, but especially during Cider Week Virginia, which takes place in Old Dominion this year, from November 15 to the 24 all across the Commonwealth. With 16 regional farm-made and craft cider makers featured in events in VA, there are so many awesome ways to celebrate the local cider culture.
Even though Cider Week Virginia is still a few months away, we’ve rounded up five Virginia-made ciders that have us excited for all that awaits during this annual celebration!
Albemarle CiderWorks, which was founded in 2009, is an offshoot of Vintage Virginia Apples, an orchard in North Garden, VA that specializes in rare, obscure and heirloom tree fruits. Among more than 200 different cultivars of apples, are both heirloom and more recent varieties. Using this fruit, Albemarle CiderWorks crafts hyper-regional, single-varietal ciders that are complex and beautiful.
GoldRush is its fourth single-varietal cider, made with a recent American apple from Purdue University, named for its color and the rush of flavor it offers. At 10% ABV with a rich, complex flavor, tart acidity and balanced, spicy sweetness, this cider nearly treads into wine territory. Elegantly dry, GoldRush is a great food cider (pairing suggestions include chicken cordon bleu, trout, and firm, nutty cheeses, like Gruyere and Manchego), or it’s lovely all on its own. 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, VA; (434) 297-2326.