Delicious and natural, familiar and flavorful

The Shenandoah Valley apples from Showalter’s Orchard – a local family owned and operated business since 1965 – has brought back the American tradition of hard cider. Throughout the 19th century, growing apples and crafting cider from cider apples was an integral part of every community. Thomas Jefferson’s champagne-like cider was his “table drink”.

Just as wine is made from fermented grape juice, cider is made from fermented apple juice and the best cider, just like the best wine, is carefully crafted from fruit chosen for cider making. Showalter’s artisan hard cider is made using carefully selected apples of heirloom cider-specific varieties and is 100% apple juice. Hard Cider tastings are featured on September 18th and September 26th at alternating locations in Shenandoah National Park: Big Meadows Lodge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and Skyland, which offers dining and lodging with breathtaking views at the highest elevation on Skyline Drive. For more information, visit