Castle Hill Cider

John Matel's photo.
John Matel's photo.
John Matel's photo.
Near Fulfillment Farms (see post below) 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.

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