Continuing a creative legacy

Castle Hill Cider is nestled on 600 beautiful acres in the historic Virginia countryside in Keswick, just outside of Charlottesville. 

Our cidery, which opened its doors in 2011, 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 (learn more here), which became a major export for the region. 

We continue Castle Hill’s creative legacy today with our orchard ciders, handcrafted on this treasured and historical landscape. 

Process

Castle Hill Cider endeavors to be a self-sustaining orchard and has planted thousands of cider apple trees on its property, following both traditional and modern growing techniques. 

Our cider makers are invested in identifying the apple varieties that are best suited to the local climate and terroir so that Castle Hill continues to create cider that brings out the finest qualities of the land.

We press apples on an American-made press and ferment apple juice in modern tanks from Germany and in buried traditional terra-cotta vessels crafted in the Republic of Georgia. Tradition and technology work hand in hand as we produce our array of award-winning ciders.