Castle Hill Cider

Near Fulfillment Farms is Castle Hill Cider. The whole area on the near side of the Blue Ridge is becoming a rural neighborhood of breweries, wineries, art galleries and cideries (is that a word.) The cider is all made with Virginia apples, most prominent the Albemarle Pippin, a favorite of Thomas Jefferson. Benjamin Franklin supposedly brought the variety into England, as an example of a superior American fruit variety, and in the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria liked it so much that the Brits exempted Virginia-grown apples from an import tax.

We bought a couple of bottles of the “Serendipity” cider, one of the sweeter varieties. Some pictures are attached.