Offering a horse-country vibe, Castle Hill Cider is making extremely high-end, dry-style cider in a venue that will take your breath away.
Castle Hill sits on property carved out of one of the original massive colonial land holdings. It went on to become a horse farm and that feel is kept alive today. A large horse barn was converted into an elegant tasting room and cidery.
The scenery surrounding the cidery is unbeatable. Pressed up against Virginia’s Southwest Mountains, the view is all green hills, white fences and, in the fall, fiery red sugar maples.
The cidery is particular about historical accuracy. Using a variety of traditional cider apples, Castle Hill is producing a range of world-class ciders. An interesting twist is the use of kvevri (a terracotta amphora) from the country of Georgia to produce one of the ciders.
In the tasting room, red leather couches grouped around a wood burning fireplace set an upscale tone, and the cider is very sophisticated. Go in with an open mind and prepare to be educated. This is yeasty, earthy, serious cider. It is not your mass-produced, grocery store variety.
Cheese plates with fresh baguettes and local cheeses are the perfect accompaniment for the cidery’s offerings.
The big renovated barn with its large event space is the sort of place that newly-engaged women dream about. Weddings are big business here.
Families with children are welcome. The cidery is also pet friendly.
Advance notice is necessary for groups. Parties of 12 or more must request permission for picnics on the property.
The tasting room is wheelchair accessible, but the restroom is out a door and down a small flight of steps.
From Washington: Take I-66 West to Rte 29 South then turn right on Rte 15 South. Go 17.3 miles through the small town of Orange. When the road ends, turn left and continue 8 miles on Rte 15 to the roundabout at Gordonsville. Take the second exit onto Rte 231 South. Continue 6.3 miles. Turn right onto Rte 640/Turkey Sag Road. Go .75 miles then turn left between white stone posts at Castle Hill Cider.
From Richmond: Take I-64 West towards Exit 129. Turn right onto Rte 616/Black Cat Road and continue along the road until it ends at Rte 22. Turn right onto Rte 22. Stay left where the road forks at the Cismont store onto Rte 231. Continue for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto Rte 640/Turkey Sag Road. Go .75 miles then turn left between white stone posts at Castle Hill Cider.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for developing the original draft.