United States > Virginia > North Garden
Emeister84 (69) Charlottesville, Virginia | June 10, 2014
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
A nice looking place that sits on a beautiful piece of property. They offer a large flight of ciders, with generous pours. There is some food for purchase, mostly the snacking type, and all (or mostly) local stuff. They also offer bottles for sale. All of the staff that I have met are quite knowledgeable about the product as well as cider in general.
tia (86) Sandston, Virginia | November 25, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped in on little day trip yesterday. Nice tasting room very much set up like a winery. Great and knowledgeable service- very attentive despite being busy. They were out of two of the ciders they usually sampled, so we only got three- but all were enjoyable. I actually got more out of trying these side-by-side than doing beer or wine tastings. Pricing pretty low for a tasting @ $3. Glad we dropped in.
Kinz (64) Glen Allen, Virginia | October 1, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 17/20
I didnít even know this place existed, Iím sad to say. Ran across it while trying to set up a day trip to visit some of the area wineries. Nice "winery" style tasting room. No charge now for any of the samples, which were mostly dry ciders, one featuring quite a bit of the same character you find in some of the French farmhouse ciders. None were remotely like the flavorless, alco-pop style ciders that dominate the shelves - the ciders were all complex and enjoyable - very well made. They also gave out samples of heirloom apples, which you could also buy, which were all excellent. Great conversation with someone who I assumed was the owner, based on the enthusiasm and knowledge he displayed. These folks are really into their apples, and it shows in their product. Pricey, but worth it for such a well done artisan product. Very much well worth a visit.
Drake (481) Free Union, Virginia | July 13, 2009| Updated July 17, 2009
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 16/20
Got here one day after they opened to the public. This place is run by the same people as Vintage Virginia Apples, which is a very cool orchard operation that focuses on heirloom apple varieties. Theyíve been around a long time so itís cool to see them creating some hard cider. Apparently theyíve been making the stuff privately for 3-4 years now, and it shows. Located right off of 29 (the entrance sneaks up on you) about 10-15 minutes south of Charlottesville. Really convenient to get to. Parking seems ample. As weíre in wine country, they have an large, open-feeling, sunny tasting room that is reminiscent of the many wineries in the area. All this is located on a large orchard nestled in the mountains. Really is nice. The people are nice. The ciders are excellent. They run fairly dry and are generally delicate and complex in flavor. Really impressive for a brand new place. Prices are pretty much in line for what youíd expect at a local winery... maybe even a bit more. Definitely not cheap. Tastings are $3 which is NOT refunded when you purchase bottles, which is the custom. Still, itís one of only two cideries in Virginia and they make good stuff, so itís definitely worth a visit.
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