Serendipity is a bright, fresh, and fruity cider made from Albemarle Pippin and GoldRush apples. We press for ripeness, arrest fermentation, and lightly filter to preserve a bit of the apples' natural sweetness and flavor. You'll find Serendipity a delightful surprise.
Our new vintage of Serendipity features a blend of Pippin and Gold Rush apples fermented with two yeast strains. Citrusy with floral notes and a soft, slightly sweet finish. Winner of the 2018 Virginia's Governor Cup Gold Medal and
Double Gold medal for Best in Class Modern Cider, CiderCraft Magazine
Our Heritage Pommeau is blended from custom-distilled eau de vie and unfermented Harrison (70%), Puget Spice, Dabinett, and Winesap juices. The mixture matures over many months in emptied whiskey casks. Time and the slow transit of oxygen through the wood transforms the pommeau into
a unified, but layered whole.
1764 is blended primarily from Black Twig, a complexly aromatic and moderately tannic southern heirloom variety. It is fortified with GoldRush apple eau de vie. Look for fresh apple, caramel, with notes of pumpkin, grass, and melon. Peach with a hint of butter emerge on the lingering finish. This is a warming drink –perfect in front of a roaring fire.
Fresh pressed juice is frozen and then partially thawed. The first melt is full of sugar, aroma and acid, with an almost syrupy body. This is fermented just a little, allowing the yeast to work their transformational and integrational magic. Fortifying with high proof apple spirit -distilled from a batch of Castle Hill Cider –arrests the fermentation. We then age in Barrel for 1 to 2 years.
Sunday Muse is blended from 90% Ribston Pippin, and fortified with GoldRush apple eau de vie. Aromas include apple, tangerine, loam & wet leaves with hints of white flower and coconut. Peach, melon, and vanilla on the palate are accompanied by notes of buttery caramel and milk chocolate. While medium–heavy bodied, the abundant acid and a touch of bitterness create a surprisingly refreshing finish.
Amélie Louise Rives Troubetzkoy literary sensation, early feminist, and one of Castle Hill’s early inhabitants, drew a storied and controversial nude self portrait on Sunday, August 21, 1892, serving as her own muse, compounding her reputation as a progressive figure. Castle Hill served not only as her family’s ancestral estate, but a place for literature, art, and pushing the boundaries of her time.