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Albemarle CiderWorks

4.9
4.9
41 Reviews
$30 and under
Winery

Albemarle CiderWorks is a family owned and operated craft cidery located in Southern Albemarle County. We craft fine ciders inspired by our orchard of 200 varieties of apples. Our cider style is dry, lightly carbonated and varies mainly on the variety of apple used to produce the cider.

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Booked 3 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Winery

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (434) 297-2326

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Menu

Dry Blend Flight

  • Jupiter's Legacy 2015, 7.0% ABV

    Dry blend of over 20 varieties including crab apples and classic cider varieties. Pairs with traditional holiday dinners.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 500mlUSD 12.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Red Hill 2015, 7.1% ABV

    Dry blend of bittersweet varieties, Winesap, and Albemarle Pippin. Notes of tart pineapple and sour cherry.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Cidermaker's Choice #4, 2018, 8.5% ABV

    Dry blend of russetted apples. Tart with fruity and floral notes rounded out by almond and caramel.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • 1817, 2018, 7.6% ABV

    Dry blend of the Hewes Crab, Harrison, and Winesap. Tart and well-balanced with notes of citrus and pineapple.

    • GlassUSD 8.00
    • 750mlUSD 20.00

"Sweet"-ish Blend Flight

  • Cidermaker's Choice #3, 2016, 7.3% ABV

    Dry blend of Albemarle Pippin, Pink Lady and Arksansas Black. Our Pomme Mary blend, with no added sugar.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Ragged Mountain 2016, 8.0% ABV

    Off-dry blend of dessert varieties. Notes of tropical fruit pair well with cheese plates and spicy dishes.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Pomme Mary 2016, 7.4% ABV

    Semi-sweet blend of Albemarle Pippin, Winesap and Arkansas Black. Pairs with spicy foods and fried chicken.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 500mlUSD 12.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Brut d'Albemarle 2015, 10% ABV

    A bottle conditioned cider that is very similar to an apple champagne. Great for that special celebration!

    • GlassUSD 8.00
    • 750mlUSD 26.00

North Single Varietal Flight

  • Royal Pippin 2016, 7.8% ABV

    Dry single varietal of Albemarle Pippin. Notes of tart apple and a crisp minerality. Pairs well with barbeque.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 500mlUSD 12.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Cidermaker's Choice #1, 2015, 7.0% ABV

    Dry single varietal of Zabergau Reinette. Earthy and tart with notes of lemongrass and pear.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • GoldRush 2017, 9.9% ABV

    Dry single varietal of Goldrush. Bright acidity with floral notes of grapefruit. Pairs with salads or oysters.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Harrison 2017, 8.9% ABV

    Dry single varietal of the Harrison apple. Full bodied and crisp, with notes of baked apple and honeyed pear.

    • GlassUSD 8.00
    • 750mlUSD 23.00

South Single Varietal Flight

  • Arkansas Black 2016, 7.0% ABV

    Dry single varietal of Zabergau Reinette. Earthy and tart with notes of lemongrass and pear.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Black Twig 2016, 7.0% ABV

    Dry single varietal of the Black Twig. Spiced apple notes mellowed out by a toasted vanilla finish.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Old Virginia Winesap 2017, 8.1% ABV

    Dry single varietal of Winesap. Notes of baked apple with a crisp minerality.

    • GlassUSD 6.00
    • 750mlUSD 16.00
  • Virginia Hewes Crab 2018, 9.5% ABV

    Semi-dry single varietal of the Hewes Crab. Notes of white peach, pear and lemon flower.

    • GlassUSD 8.00
    • 750mlUSD 23.00

Not Available for Tasting

  • Wickson 2019, 9.5% ABV

    Dry single varietal of the Wickson Crab apple. Tart and refreshing with notes of sour cherry.

    • GlassUSD 8.00
    • 750mlUSD 20.00

Happenings at ACW

  • Spring Trivia Night Series

    With Trivia Master, Andy Marshall. Test your knowledge of history, pop culture, and of course, cider! May 27 - June 10 & 24:6-8 PM. How it works: Reservations are encouraged. Reserve your table by calling 434-297-2326 or making a reservation online. All answers will be submitted via text message. (Make sure to bring a phone and make sure it's charged!) All tables are well-spaced and outdoors (bug spray isn't a bad idea!) Groups are limited to 8 people. Bring a picnic or get takeout from Dr. Ho's Humble Pie or Polly's Folly.

    Music at Albemarle CiderWorks

    2:30 - 4:30 Weather Dependent. Reservations Encouraged - Or Bring Your Own Chair! For more information on events www.albemarleciderworks.com.

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        • LUA Project 5/30

          Last updated: 22 May 2021

          What 41 people are saying

          Overall ratings and reviews

          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

          4.9
          4.9 based on recent ratings
          • 4.3Food
          • 5.0Service
          • 4.8Ambience
          • 4.8Value

          NoiseModerate

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          1. DG

            DrGabriella

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 8 October 2021

            overall5food4service5ambience5

            I love this place. It's lovely and quiet, the staff are so passionate and knowledgeable, the cider is consistently excellent, and the tasting flights are so affordable.

          2. JW

            JessicaW

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 26 September 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            We tried all four of the flights of ciders, which were grouped in an informative way. The owners were helpful in explaining the nuances of each cider. We ended up bringing home five bottles.

          3. M

            Mkjy2k

            New Orleans

            13 reviews

            5.0

            13 reviews

            Dined on 25 September 2021

            overall5food4service5ambience4

            A beautiful place to gather and taste ciders.

          4. CD

            CraigD

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 25 July 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The ciders that Albemarle Ciderworks are outstanding!! The Sheltons who own and operate the cidery and orchard have made significant and outstanding contributions to the revival of heirloom apples and the resurgence of interest in hard cider.

          5. TP

            TomP

            Richmond

            7 reviews

            5.0

            7 reviews

            Dined on 24 July 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The cider was very good, the service was excellent, and the music was outstanding! I hope they will bring the band, The Wavelength, back again soon! They are fine musicians!

          6. B

            Belmont

            Exclusive

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 10 July 2021

            overall5food4service5ambience5

            A great way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon listening to music. The cider flights were tasty, affordable, and accessible, and the staff were friendly and very helpful. We will be back.

          7. GA

            GeorgeA

            Richmond

            9 reviews

            5.0

            9 reviews

            Dined on 19 June 2021

            overall5food3service5ambience5

            Relaxed while listening to some live folk music, sipping on cider while on a mountain side. Perfect spot for a Saturday afternoon.

          8. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            Richmond

            4 reviews

            5.0

            4 reviews

            Dined on 18 June 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            We had a great time! Love the laid back atmosphere and friendly staff. It’s nice to bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of cider with friends!

          9. KT

            KevinT

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 9 June 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The hostess there was the most helpful person! After a short conversation we went with what she was recommending based on our likes and she was spot on with both of the ones she said we should try. Delicious Cider.

          10. DM

            DrMreviews

            Seattle

            3 reviews

            1.0

            3 reviews

            Dined on 8 April 2021

            overall1food1service2ambience2

            This was a very disappointing visit.

          11. AP

            AustinP

            Richmond

            2 reviews

            5.0

            2 reviews

            Dined on 14 March 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Quiet environment that was ideal for enjoying flights of cider.

          12. SW

            SusanW

            Denver

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 13 March 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Awesome place! Great cider, great snacks, great people! They had the tables really well spaced outdoors, it was not too crowded, and you could order outside so it felt like a really safe place to be during COVID.

          13. CH

            CHARLENEW

            Richmond

            3 reviews

            5.0

            3 reviews

            Dined on 6 March 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            We had a wonderful time on Saturday celebrating my Dad's birthday. Thank you for accommodating us and making us feel safe. You all do a wonderful job. Look forward to coming back again soon!

          14. A

            Adam

            Birmingham

            17 reviews

            vip
            4.0

            17 reviews

            Dined on 4 March 2021

            overall4food4service4ambience5

            Stopped to try the cider, their tasting room is beautiful and there were only a few people there the day we went. Cider is fantastic, certainly not what you would expect vs more popular brands you can get at larger liquor stores etc. would certainly recommend stopping here for a change up when hitting wineries in the area.

          15. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            Washington DC

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 27 February 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Wonderful! The staff was amazing and the view was better than I expected! I fell in love with their ciders and will definitely be back!

          16. KL

            KariL

            Richmond

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 24 January 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Excellent service, beautiful property, and great for small groups. Brought family from out of state who were new to hard cider, and really enjoyed the entire experience.

          17. SO

            SamO

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 22 January 2021

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The staff was very friendly and helpful. The ambience was peaceful and cozy. Great drinks for a great value.

          18. TP

            TomP

            Richmond

            8 reviews

            5.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on 12 December 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The Albemarle CiderWorks is always a wonderful place to visit. They have a great selection of excellent cider, a knowledgeable and courteous staff, and it all adds up to a beautiful experience. I look forward to returning soon.

          19. M

            Marsh

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 6 December 2020

            overall5food3service5ambience5

            Great place to have safe socially distanced visit outside. Outdoor tables are spaciously separated, all employees wear masks as do all customers, everything is exceptionally clean and "no touch." Atmosphere couldn't be better, and of course the cider is exceptional. Food is bare bones (chevre, antipasta, crackers) but delicious and pairs well with the cider.

          20. TP

            TomP

            Richmond

            8 reviews

            5.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on 5 December 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Albemarle CiderWorks is a wonder place to visit. The atmosphere is lovely and the cider is delicious. The staff is very helpful and responsive. They often have talented local musicians performing as well.

          21. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 28 November 2020

            overall5food4service5ambience4

            Staff were accommodating and pleasant. Cider is a bit expensive for how it tastes imo when compared to other local cideries, but that’s of course a subjective opinion. Overall a very nice experience.

          22. TP

            TomP

            Richmond

            8 reviews

            5.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on 21 November 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            A wonderful atmosphere! Great cider and excellent service! I highly recommend it!

          23. DS

            DougS

            Tokyo

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 22 October 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Wonderful ciders and setting to enjoy them. Food is simple cheese and meats to accompany the cider.

          24. PM

            PM18

            Washington DC

            5 reviews

            4.0

            5 reviews

            Dined on 26 September 2020

            overall4food4service4ambience4

            Neat place, quaint and off the beaten path. Very chill, live 2 man acoustic band playing and a good crowd but not "crowded". Dog friendly as well. Service was great, snacks offered were delicious, ciders were "OK". I'd stay away from the flights, they we warm, flat and no more than 2 ounces. The 12 ounce glass of the same cider had a much better taste and average between 7.0% and 9.4% alcohol content. I had a good time and would definitely go back again!

          25. KS

            KentS

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 20 September 2020

            overall5food4service5ambience5

            A great “early” Fall day at a great venue for sitting on the lawn, listening to some excellent live music, and enjoying their excellent cider!!! Big thanks to all the folks that make it such a special place.

          26. MH

            MHonz

            Richmond

            17 reviews

            vip
            3.0

            17 reviews

            Dined on 18 September 2020

            overall3food4service5ambience3

            Albemarle CiderWorks is just west of Charlottesville and nestled among several wineries. It is a must stop if you are heading deeper into Nelson County perhaps venturing towards the Nelson 151. The staff was very friendly and honored our reserved table even though we were the only ones visiting at the time. The cider was very good and my wife and I enjoyed slow sipping on the stone patio. We will definitely be buying Albemarle Cider wherever we find it.

          27. LT

            LaurenT

            Richmond

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 10 September 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            We love Albemarle Ciderworks! The cider is delicious, the setting is beautiful, and we couldn’t ask for me!

          28. TP

            TomP

            Richmond

            8 reviews

            5.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on 5 September 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Great atmosphere, excellent cider, outstanding service. Highly recommended!

          29. TP

            TomP

            Richmond

            8 reviews

            5.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on 29 August 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Outstanding! Great atmosphere, a variety of excellent cider, great service! I highly recommend it!

          30. C

            Campbellma08

            Raleigh

            19 reviews

            vip
            4.0

            19 reviews

            Dined on 29 August 2020

            overall4food3service5ambience4

            Loved this place. The staff were so friendly and warm! It felt as if they were welcoming us into their home. The cider was phenomenal and the scenery was gorgeous. I would definitely recommend this place to friends to check out!

          31. CD

            CarolineD

            Greensboro

            30 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            30 reviews

            Dined on 22 August 2020

            overall5food3service5ambience5

            We brought in take-out food, which they encourage, so that question wasn't applicable, but I couldn't progress in the survey without rating the food. Service was superior in these pandemic times. Cider also tastes really great. I particularly love the Arkansas Black. Jupiter's Legacy is a must have. Don't overlook Harrison, 1817 and Virginia Hewes Crab. I took home a mixed case and then some. Cheers!

          32. GE

            Good2Eat

            Richmond

            4 reviews

            5.0

            4 reviews

            Dined on 16 August 2020

            overall5food3service5ambience5

            A really nice selection of ciders. View is amazing. Service was very good.

          33. S

            Stau12

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 1 August 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The cider and views were incredible. Staff was super accommodating and friendly.

          34. C

            Carla

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 1 August 2020

            overall5food4service5ambience5

            The cider is delicious, the setting is beautiful, the folks are helpful and friendly. What’s not to like? Thanks for a fun afternoon!

          35. S

            Samantha

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 22 July 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Very peaceful and scenic location, yet easy to navigate to. Employees were extremely kind and welcoming. The ciders were delicious! I hope to come back again!

          36. SL

            SamL

            Raleigh

            38 reviews

            vip
            4.0

            38 reviews

            Dined on 18 July 2020

            overall4food3service4ambience4

            Good place for ciders. Almost all of the ciders qre very dry.

          37. TP

            TomP

            Richmond

            8 reviews

            5.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on 11 July 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Great cider, wonderful atmosphere, excellent service, and fantastic music! We'll be back!

          38. TP

            TomP

            Richmond

            8 reviews

            5.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on 4 July 2020

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Albemarle Cider Works has excellent cider available. The atmosphere is great and the service is outstanding.

          39. HA

            HonestAbe

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on 27 June 2020

            overall5food4service5ambience5

            No food available, so bring with if you're hungry. Cider was great, didn't dislike any! The brut is best. Live music made the experience extra pleasant- the musician kept her volume low and made sure she wasn't blasting us by asking. Staff was super nice & accommodating.

          40. m

            mjmdc

            Washington DC

            92 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            92 reviews

            Dined on 20 June 2020

            overall5food3service5ambience5

            They don’t really have food, just chips, etc. My review is for the cider and the ambiance, both of which are very good and well worth the visit. We’ve been members for years, for a reason. Highly recommend.

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          Albemarle CiderWorks is rated 4.9 stars by 41 OpenTable diners

          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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          Booked 3 times today
          Google Map for Albemarle CiderWorks

          2545 Rural Ridge Ln North Garden, VA 22959-1608

          • Area

            Charlottesville

          • Hours of Operation

            Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm

          • Cuisines

            Winery

          • Dining style

            Casual Dining

          • Dress Code

            Casual Dress

          • Payment Options

            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

          • Additional

            Entertainment, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access

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