Located in Arcadia, just outside the beautiful Port Townsend, Washington, sits Eaglemount Wine & Cider. This cidery is located on one of the original homesteads in the area formed in 1883. In 2006, after many years of making ciders and wines for family and friends, the founders, Jim and Trudy Davis, decided to start a small artisan winery and cidery at their farm. The 130 year-old heirloom cider orchard was their inspiration to continue the tradition of the original homesteaders by making cider from the delicious 22 varieties of apples. As their business grew, and their farm buildings and water supply became inadequate, they expanded their property and now have a tasting room called Arcadia Inn, as well as the beautiful Palindrome Event Space.
About the Cider Makers
Jim Davis found the old homestead in 1980 when he spotted the orchard in full bloom from across the valley in Eaglemount. The farm had been abandoned for many years, and the road had long overgrown. He bushwhacked through the brush and found the old cabin with its roof caved in and foundation rotted away. After buying the property, he brought the old cabin to life again by putting in a new foundation and a new roof from shakes he hewed from old growth cedar logs he found on the homestead. Over many years the farm slowly gained new life. From there, Jim and his wife Trudy gained the foundation to begin making the most delicious, award winning ciders we know and love today.
- ABV: 8.0%
- Tasting Notes: The Rhubarb cider is a semi-sweet cider crafted from heirloom apple varieties and rhubarb grown right on the Eaglemount farm. This cider is wildly popular for its refreshing rhubarb twang and just the right amount of sweetness.
- Website: http://www.eaglemountwinery.com
- Email: email@example.com
- FB/Instagram/Twitter: @eaglemountwineandcider
- Tasting Room: 1893 S Jacob Miller Road, Port Townsend WA 98368
Castle Hill Cider
Castle Hill Cider is nestled on 600 beautiful acres in the historic Virginia countryside in Keswick, just outside of Charlottesville. Castle Hill Cider opened its doors in 2011. It resides on the land that belonged to the Castle Hill estate, which was built in 1764 and hosted seven U.S. presidents, along with many other luminaries, including dignitaries, explorers, and artists. Castle Hill was originally the home of Colonel Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. The estate was the first place in Albemarle County to plant Albemarle Pippin apples, which became a major export for the region. Castle Hill’s creative legacy is continued today with their orchard ciders, handcrafted on this treasured and historical landscape.
About the Cider Maker
Stuart Madany, an ex-architect, is now the cidermaker and orchard manager at Castle Hill Cider. Alongside Geoff Robinson, the assistant cider maker, they run and operate everything that goes into the delicious cider you’re drinking. With 550 trees already planted since they started in 2009, and a goal of 7,000 total trees, you can bet Stuart and Geoff have their work cut out for them! They even use clay pots called kvevri, which they fill with cider and “plant” in the ground for fermentation. This is an old-world wine making method that they have perfected to make one-of-a-kind ciders. Castle Hill continues to produce incredible, award winning cider not to be reckoned with!
- ABV: 7.0%
- Tasting Notes: Serendipity is a bright, fresh, and fruit-forward cider made from Albemarle Pippin apples. Arrested fermentation preserves a bit of the apples’ natural sweetness.
- Website: http://www.castlehillcider.com
- Email: Kristin@castlehillcider.com
- FB/Instagram/Twitter: @castlehillcider
- Tasting Room: 6065 Turkey Sag Road, Keswick, VA 22947