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“Best hard cider available. Period!”

Bold Rock Hard Cider
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located on the famed beverage corridor along Rt. 151 in Nelson County, the flagship Bold Rock Cider Barn opened in August 2014 and represents our company headquarters, center of operations and primary cider production facility. The ‘Chapel of Apple’ as it is affectionately known is a beautifully rustic timber framed barn overlooking the Rockfish River. Our staff will be happy to explain the process behind our award-winning craft hard cider and following a tasting, enjoy a pint, flight or delicious food from our Feed Room. The Nellysford Cider Barn is open daily at 11 AM.
Reviewed February 19, 2015

Bold Rock has a wonderful location that allows folks to bring in their own food, sit and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.
Their cider is around the best I've ever had, and is now the standard alternative to beer for several folks in my family.
You can watch the bottling process, enjoy the huge fire and rustic architecture, check out the small cider museum, or just sample the pear and apple cider varieties.

Thank cesonnepe
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gibortake, Manager at Bold Rock Hard Cider, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2015

Thank you so much for your support! We love our cozy fire, too. Come back soon!
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Reviewed February 16, 2015

We loved it when it was in their barn..but what a surprise to see the new building- it is gorgeous! Can accommodate crowds well...plenty to see and do. Cider is amazing and they have bar foods. Don't miss the cider museum upstairs!

Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed February 12, 2015

What do you get when you combine the crisp taste of Virginia apples with the cider-making prowess of a New Zealand master?

Bold Rock Hard Cider, that's what.

On an impromptu drive through Nelson County earlier this month, I stumbled across the mecca of my hard cider taste buds. Situated on fifty beautiful acres in the heart of the Rockfish River Valley, Bold Rock cidery was established in 2012 with a lofty goal: to reestablish hard cider as the #1 alcoholic beverage in the United States. To accomplish this goal, owner John Washburn reached out to the master of the industry, Brian Shanks, a New Zealand cider innovator who has contributed to the success of such cideries as Woodchuck and Strongbow, and from this partnership, Bold Rock was born.

Although I've been purchasing Bold Rock's Virginia Apple cider in the grocery store for several years, I had not made the pilgrimage to their tasting room previously, nor had I planned to do so that day. Serendipitous good fortune guided my route on a drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway and resulted in this delicious detour. Imagine a kid in a candy shop, only old enough to enjoy adult beverages. That was my reaction.

Bold Rock recently debuted a $4 million, beautifully-appointed "tasting barn" to feature their seven ciders. On our visit, two were offered for free tasting -- the Virginia Apple and the Vat No. 1. -- and flights of four ciders were available for $5. The Virginia Apple is everything a hard cider should be: full of crisp flavor with a smooth finish. The Vat No. 1 is a premium cider and tasted almost more like a champagne than a cider, but the apple taste was unmistakable. All the apples used in Bold Rock's ciders are harvested from local orchards for their Virginia ciders, and the water is also sourced locally. They've recently expanded their ciders into the North Carolina market with the debut of a Carolina Apple and a Carolina Draft.

Even in winter, the views of the farm and the Rockfish river from the tasting barn were breathtaking, especially when surveyed over the rim of a mulled cider. That's right, Bold Rock also throws together a hot cider concoction on certain days, and with a glass of that in hand, you'll be feeling warm and fuzzy in no time!

With a line-up of award-winning ciders for your taste buds and a beautiful barn and farm for your eyes, Bold Rock should be the next destination for your road trip. Or a great detour.


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Reviewed February 8, 2015

Bold Rock is a great destination if you are in or around Wintergreen and/or are traveling the Rte 151 Nelson County corridor trying out the brew pubs or vineyards. It has become very popular largely because it is a beautiful facility, gorgeous surroundings, the owners are in attendance and actively engage with the visitors, on certain days you can actually see them bottling the cider, and there is a small museum to boot. The cider is very good; my personal favorite is the pear. Yesterday the four of us locals sat out on the deck with our pints basking in the warm winter sun.. Honestly, I hate to recommend this place because it will get even more popular...but it's only fair to share this delightful spot.

Thank J W D
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Reviewed February 7, 2015

We decided to give this place a visit and it was worth it! The facility was beautiful with gorgeous views. There's a small museum inside with a viewing window of them bottling. They have free samples of two ciders that they have that day but if you want to try more you can get the sampler of 3 2.5oz ciders for $5. Not too bad! They also have some food you can get while you enjoy the ambiance. You can also purchase growlers of ciders and other merchandise. We will definitely visit again!

Thank WallietheWalrus
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