The Best Cideries in Virginia and Maryland

Photograph courtesy of Albemarle CiderWorks.

Cideries are on the rise in Virginia and Maryland. Here are the best to visit:

Albemarle CiderWorks

2545 Rural Ridge La., North Garden, Va.; 434-979-1663

This Charlottesville-area orchard specializes in vintage Virginia apples and is one of the best places to explore single-variety ciders, such as the spicy creation made from Black Twig apples. Glasses can be paired with local cheeses and meats in the tasting room.

Castle Hill Cider

6065 Turkey Sag Rd., Keswick, Va.; 434-296-0047

This horse-country cidery makes for a picturesque visit, with a firelit tasting room and a porch overlooking the fields. That’s not to say the ciders lack substance: Try the sparkling Levity, aged in clay vessels traditionally used in Georgian winemaking.

Distillery Lane Ciderworks

5533 Gapland Rd., Jefferson, Md.; 240-344-8856

More than 45 apple varieties populate DLC’s orchard, and its offerings include Spanish-style sidra and English sparklers. Fall is the best time to tour the place, while cider maker Tim Rose teaches his craft in the winter/spring off-season.

Millstone Cellars

2019 Monkton Rd., Monkton, Md.; 410-967-3463

While Maryland trails Virginia in cider production, father-and-son “fermentologists” Curt and Kyle Sherrer produce some of the highest-quality bottles around. Don’t miss the Bonfire, aged in oak with smoked fish peppers and clover honey.

This article appears in our January 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.