Hard Apple Cidery Trail, Hendersonville

Hendersonville Hard Cider Tour

Since the Hendersonville area is known nationally as "Apple Country", it's only natural that it's becoming one of the top places for craft hard cider. In fact, it's the 7th largest apple-producing county in the country! Visit two cideries that offer very different flavors and "orchard-to-bottle" experiences. Visit the cideries year-round, located a short drive short from Asheville. Find several wineries nearby also.

The Cheers! Trail Passport Weekend
October 2-4, 2020
Enjoy live music, food trucks, tastings, seasonal events like Oktoberfest, new beverages releases, an outdoor movie, and more, with special events taking place at each of Hendersonville's wineries, breweries, and cideries. Each venue offers space for people to spread out and practice social distancing. Go to their website for a list of participating venues. 

Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cidery

Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders (749 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville) are our top pick for their passion and old-world approach to cider making. Their converted historic two-story barn is surrounded by an orchard with 14 varieties of French apple trees (both photos above). Learn about their Normandy-style cider making. All of their apples are grown, pressed and bottled on site. The big outdoor deck overlooks the orchards that include apple trees recently transported from France. Try their Brandy and Pommeau too. Take home six ciders only available at their location. Their small batch ciders are not sold elsewhere, so stock up! Live music on weekends. Bring a picnic. Bike or hike through the orchards (loaner bikes available). Also visit their nearby winery, St Paul's. Coffee shop downstairs. Open Sunday-Thursday 12-6 PM, Friday & Saturday 12-7 PM. 

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Bold Rock Hard Cider (72 School House Road, Mills River, NC) is located between Asheville and Hendersonville - photo at top. In just a few years, it has become the largest craft cidery in the United States. Its rural setting has plenty of room with an impressive taproom, daily tours of the production floor, garden picnic area, outdoor music venue and on-site food truck that serves barbecue and Southern fare. Sample eight seasonal ciders including the Rosé, Pear, Peach, IPA, and Carolina Apple. They have special happenings every night of the week, including live music Friday-Sunday. Hours vary seasonally. For most of the year, they are open Mon-Wed, 1-9 PM, Thurs-Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sunday 11-8 PM. It's 20 minutes from downtown Asheville.

Cheers Trail Passport Weekend Hendersonville

Hendersonville's Cheers Trail Passport
Travel on a self-guided tour with 20 different tasting experiences from breweries, wineries, cideries, and a meadery along the Cheers Trail! Visit at least 12 venues and get your Passport stamped to redeem a gift valued at $10. Bring the stamped Passport to the Visitor Center, to choose from a set of 4 stone coasters, a wine stopper, stainless steel wine glass, or a waiters bottle opening tool. Hendersonville's Cheers Trail Passport may be purchased for $10 at the Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., or online and at participating venues. 

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Cider Wine and Dine Weekend Hendersonveille
Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend
April 15, 2021 to April 18, 2021
Visit the Hendersonville area for a celebration of food and drink! Wineries and cideries partner with other outdoor venues for a signature four-day event featuring tours, tastings, food trucks, music in the vineyards, wine releases and more. Set amidst the backdrop of apple blossom season in this Blue Ridge Mountain town.
Hendersonville Cheers Trail
Hendersonville Cheers Trail
Visit and taste at 23 different wineries, cideries, breweries and even a meadery in Hendersonville’s downtown and nearby scenic countryside. See all the stops on this self-guided tasting experience. Download a map. 
Hendersonville Wine Country
Hendersonville Wine Country
Visit three award-winning wineries on a 10-mile scenic drive just east of Hendersonville in apple country. Each has both indoor and outdoor spaces with beautiful views, live music and more.
The largest downtown in western North Carolina outside of Asheville is filled with historic buildings and updated streetscapes with flowers and art. Find many spots for outdoor dining and a big variety of quality shops and galleries along a six-block stretch of Main Street. Don't miss two street festivals, the Garden Jubilee and the huge NC Apple Festival.
Hendersonville Visitor Guide
Hendersonville Guide
Order the free, 48-page Hendersonville Visitor Guide for plenty of detailed information about things to do in Henderson County, just south of Asheville. Home of DuPont State Forest & Sierra Nevada Brewing.
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