Since the Hendersonville area is known nationally as "Apple Country", it's only natural that its becoming one of the top places for craft hard cider. In fact, it's the 7th largest apple-producing county in the country! Visit three cideries that offer very different flavors and "orchard-to-bottle" experiences. Trips to the orchard farms in late summer and fall each year have been a tradition for decades. You can visit the cideries year-round, all located a short drive short from Asheville.
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 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 11:30 AM-10 PM, Sunday 12-9 PM. It's 20 minutes from downtown Asheville.
Flat Rock Ciderworks (305 North Main Street, Hendersonville) is a popular tasting room on the busy downtown street. Try 5-7 of their ciders including flagships Wicked Peel and Blackberry Gold, all made from handpicked apples and blackberries from their nearby farm. Open Thursday-Sunday afternoons during fall, winter and spring. During the summer, open Wed-Fri 12-10 PM and Sunday 1-6 PM.
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders (749 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville) opened in fall 2017 in an historic two-story barn surrounded by an orchard with 14 varieties of French apple trees. Learn about their Normandy-style cider making. Sample their dry ciders paired with biscuits and apple butter. Brandy and Pommeau are coming soon. Take home ciders only available at their location. Open Thursday-Sunday 1-7 PM.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (588 Chestnut Gap Rd, Hendersonville) is just up the road from Appalachian Ridge Ciders - same owners. Try wines made from 14 varieties of grapes on their farm. Open Mon-Thurs 11-6, Fri-Sat 11-7 and Sun 12-6 PM.
Burntshirt Vineyards (2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville) is two miles from St. Paul. It was voted "North Carolina Winery of the Year". Their tasting room and patio with vineyard views are open every day, Sunday-Thursday 12-6 PM and Friday-Saturday 12-7 PM. Take a free winery production tour at 2 PM. Tastings are $10/person for five wines and souvenir wine glass.
Cheers! Trail Map
Hendersonville has a great map to help you also find six breweries and two wineries. Pick one up at their Visitor Center in downtown Hendersonville at 201 South Main Street. Order their free Visitor Guide below.
Apple Orchards: See our favorite stops in late summer and fall to get fresh apples nearby.