Wooden barrels are so 2014. What is old is new again as Castle Hill Cider has brought to the states an ancient fermenting vessel that was used for over 7000 years. Qvevri or Kvevri as it is called on this Virginia estate is best known to winemakers in the Georgia Republic.
Where is the Georgia Republic? It is in Europe and lies to the south of Russia and to the north of Turkey.The Georgia Republic has a sprawling cave monastery from the 12th century called Vardzia and a wine growing region of Kakheti. Find out more about Georgia’s Qvevri traditional winemaking.
In this episode I chat with Cellar Master Geoff Robinson of Castle Hill Cider.
Stuart Madany is the Cidermaker at Castle Hill Cider.
Castle Hill Cider imported 9 kvevris, with only one breaking in transit. Kvevri range in size from 250 gallons to 60 and 75 gallons and are buried in the ground with only the opening accessible via a small chimney.
Castle Hill Cider
6065 Turkey Sag Road
Keswick, Virginia USA 22947
Via the Castle Hill Cider website you can order the Levity Cider that was made in the kvevri.
Find out more about the Albemarle Pippin Apple via Thomas Jefferson Monticello
Link to Cider Guide and head to Virginia and follow the Cider Trail?
The Cider Swag Contest is open till January 16, 2016.
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