CRISP. CLEAN. CONTEMPORARY.

6065 Turkey Sag Road
Keswick, Virginia 22947

Office
434.296.0047
info@castlehillcider.com

Events
434.964.7629
events@castlehillcider.com

Hours
Daily 11-5pm (closed major holidays)
 

Our Ciders

Listed as one of the world’s best ciders. We take an apple-centered approach to cider making. The aim of our technique is to bring out the best of each year’s harvest. Utilizing both tradition and the cutting edge, Castle Hill Cider strives to bring you the highest quality and most enjoyable ciders. From fermenting the Levity in buried kvevri, the world’s oldest known fermentation vessels, to arresting fermentation of the Serendipity with cross flow filtration; from working with growers of varieties truly suited to cider, to renovating an 80 year old orchard, we strive to bring you the best cider to share with meals, friends, and relaxing moments.

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OUR STORY

In 1764, Castle Hill opened its doors, hosting over the years an array of creative minds, from dignitaries and politicians to explorers and novelists. Today, its creative legacy continues with artisan cider makers handcrafting cider on the property. Castle Hill’s doors are now open to anyone wishing to experience its natural beauty, deep history, and the cider that proudly bears its name.

Tasting Room

We’ve Got Good Taste. And so do you. Which is why you’ll love our Tasting Room, where you can sample an assortment of our unique ciders. Enjoy a glass (or two) on the octagonal porch. Dine on local cheeses and baguettes to bring out the true flavors. And grab a few bottles for home after enjoying the views, both inside and out.

Tasting Room Hours:
Year Round (closed major holidays)
Monday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  Please call ahead for parties of 10 or more at 434-296-0047. Buses welcome, contact us.

Wedding & Venues

Make History at One of Virginia’s Most Romantic Settings. A young Thomas Jefferson once played here. Now it’s your turn to be part of history at Keswick’s oldest estate. Located just miles from Charlottesville, Castle Hill Cider’s historic outdoor and striking indoor venues offer endless possibilities—from the intimate to the incredible.


CIDER BARN

An 11,000 square foot, pole barn that offers a year-round party venue, with 30 tons of heating and air conditioning to keep guests comfortable. Ample room for seated receptions that can spill onto terraced lawns with 360 degree, exquisite views.
For intimate gatherings, like cocktail parties, buffet luncheons and business meetings. Stay inside by the stately, wood-burning stone fireplace. Or head out the French doors to the octagonal porch, offering magnificent views.
With a wood-burning stone fireplace and spectacular views just beyond French doors, this Library makes you want to get comfortable with a cider. For brides, the room transforms into a gathering place to get ready with attendants before the festivities begin.
Floating above the center of the Barn, our 3,000 square foot loft offers an unexpected event space. Impressive double doors flood the area with light and air.

THE GROUNDS

European Lindens were originally planted in an oval to form a horse racetrack. Today, these mature trees create a natural shelter ideal for outdoor gatherings and photo opportunities.
Framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this setting is just right for open-air celebrations—and those interested in seeing where our ciders truly begin. Late afternoon weddings witness sunsets that never disappoint.
Terraced, manicured lawns are bordered by cherry trees and wisteria arbors. Perfect for a game of bocce, the exchanging of wedding vows, or simply an afternoon stroll.
A natural mirror, this shimmering lake reflects the emerald landscape by day—and the twinkling barn lights at night.
Email Evelyn Keyes, Director of Events or call 434-964-7629.

Shop

Make Our Cider Yours. Select which ciders (and how many) you wish to purchase and click "Add to Cart.” Order a mixed case of 12 and receive a 20% discount. If you are a Cider Club Member or a previous customer, login and view the ciders available for purchase. Visit Our Ciders for more detailed descriptions. Currently, we are only shipping to the following states: AK, DC, FL, MI, MN, NC, OR, VA.

 

celestialCelestial

Price: $17.00
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A firm tannin structure from a blend of Bittersweet and Albemarle Pippin apples. Its finish is enhanced by a touch of Winesap apples that offer a vibrant yet pure finish.
ABV: 8.1%

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Price: $17.00
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A blend of Winesap and Albemarle Pippin apples. Bright acidity gives this cider a crisp, clean, refreshing finish.
ABV: 8.2%

LevityLevity

Price: $25.00
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Our flagship sparkling Virginia cider, aged and fermented in clay amphorae called kvevri. Full body with good minerality and hints of earthiness. 100% Albemarle Pippin.
ABV: 8.3%

GravityGravity

Price: $17.00
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An off-dry, still cider with a full-bodied flavor. Grimes Golden apples make the finish long and bright.
ABV: 7.1%

GravityCelestial Merret

Price: $17.00
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An exciting blend of Albemarle Pippin, English Bittersweet, and Winesap apples re-fermented in the bottle to add crispness and buoyancy.
ABV: 8.5%

SerendipitySerendipity

Price: $17.00
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A fresh, fruity cider pressed at peak ripeness then arrested at fermentation and lightly filtered. 100% Albemarle Pippin apples.
ABV: 8.7%

Black Twig

Price: $17.00
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A still, dry cider made from Black Twig heirloom apples and aged in Charred Tennessee Whiskey barrels. Full bodied with a mildly astringent finish. Enjoy at cellar temperature.
ABV: 9.1%

CHC180Cider Fest

Price: $25.00
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Our 3rd annual Cider Fest is an all day celebration from 10am to 6pm.  Local music, cider tastings and food from area chefs.  Featuring live music by Erin and the Wildfire and We Are Star Children.  Tickets $25, $20 Designated Driver and 13-20 Years Old, Kids under 13 FREE.

 

Events

Here’s what’s happening in our backyard:

November 20, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
CHC Cider Club - Pick-up Party
      Come meet your fellow Cider Club members and the staff at CHC for the October pick-up party.  Pick up your October Cider Club orders and chat with the production team!  All Cider[...]
November 23, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
CiderFest
Our 3rd annual CiderFest. An all day celebration from 10am to 6pm. Local music, cider tastings and food from area chefs. Featuring Erin and the Wildfire and We Are Star Children



Cider Club

Join The Club. Can’t get enough of our cider? Join our Castle Hill Cider Club, and enjoy a steady flow of our delicious ciders right to your door. Plus, you’ll receive 2 free tastings each visit, a 20% discount on cider and merchandise, and invitations to exclusive member events and offers.  Once every 3 months, member receive 3 bottles of CHC selected cider, which will be charged to their credit card at a 20% discount. Cider "pick-up" parties will be hosted every month!  We currently offer the Cider Club to AK, DC, MI, MN, NC, OR & VA.

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See You Soon

Come visit. Drink our ciders. Wander the grounds. We trust you’ll enjoy our rich history, and perhaps even create some of your own.