Bold Rock Cider is a must-stop, Nelson County venue as much for the quality of the cider as the stunning views of the Rockfish River Valley.
Within six months of opening its doors in July 2012, Bold Rock sold over 45,000 cases of hard cider. As a result, they established themselves as one of the major players in the regionally growing cider industry.
A new tasting room/production facility is planned for 2014, at which point the cidery expects to increase production to between 400,000 and 500,000 cases annually. Co-owner/cider master Brian Shanks reports that while cider makes up 25% of the world’s beer market, the U.S. number is just 5%, and Bold Rock aims to change that.
Regularly scheduled tours of the cidery are available. Consult their website or enquire about times in the tasting room.
Bold Rock’s ciders are typically lighter and sweeter than those from many other Virginia’s cideries. They purchase familiar apples such as Granny Smith, Albemarle Pippin, Braeburn and Winesap from Virginia growers. While the blends do tend to be on the sweet end of the spectrum, there are a couple dry-style ciders.
Cider is available to purchase for takeout in six-packs, cases or growlers. A few other items of Bold Rock swag are also available in the gift shop.
The Bold Rock kitchen offers a menu of primarily pub foods. The list of hot and cold items, however, can easily serve as a light meal or a snack.
The new, high-in-the-sky wood-beamed tasting room features multiple bars and fireplaces. The interior of the tasting space also offers picture-perfect views through walls of windows.
Outside visitors will find stone patios and terraces that flow down the hill. The view of the Rockfish Valley are probably the best you will find anywhere.
An area on the banks of the Rockfish River is frequently used for public events with live music, food trucks and games.
Kids and pets are welcome, and the cidery offers space for private events and weddings.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer for developing the original draft.