Vintage Virginia Apples @Albemarle Cider Works
Rural Ridge is a family-run orchard dedicated to exploring the varieties of apples that can thrive in Albemarle County, Virginia. Rural Ridge grows the dozen or so cultivars still extant that Jefferson grew at Monticello, as well as hundreds of other old-fashioned varieties that offer delightful alternatives to the limited varieties currently available in grocery stores. Also on the farm: Albemarle CiderWorks, a family-run cidery and tasting room that produces cider from heritage varieties of apples and is reviving interest and appreciation of America’s favorite beverage in the 19th century.
Apple tastings all day and cidery tours on the hour.
Hard cider tastings (no fresh cider available on tour date): tasting fee $6.00 per person.
Seasonal fruit and vegetables at the farm stand, hard cider, and local snacks.
Route 29 South for 8 miles south of I-64. Turn right onto Rural Ridge Lane. Look for “Albemarle CiderWorks” sign.