Enjoy a hands-on demonstration of craft cider-making! Charlotte Shelton, one of the principals of Albemarle CiderWorks , will lead a discussion of the history and importance of this critical commodity in the colonial and early history of America. Heirloom apples akin to those used by Ursula Granger, who supervised cider-making at Monticello, will be featured. Each participant will enjoy pressing and sampling the cider produced.
In 2001, Charlotte Shelton and her family founded Vintage Virginia Apples LLC to develop and exploit the collection of distinctive and mostly heirloom apples they had collected on their farm at North Garden, Virginia. They established a nursery that propagates rare and hard-to-find fruit trees, offered workshops on related horticultural topics and in 2009 embarked on their most ambitious project, Albemarle CiderWorks. Under their farm winery license, they produce a variety of distinctive ciders, using their own and other locally produced apples. The second cidery in Virginia, Albemarle CiderWorks aims to improve its own ciders and support the emergence of cider in the state.