Category Archives: Hard Cider

Commercial Cider Production Workshop: June 16, 2016 in Winchester, VA


When:   Thursday, June 16th 9:00am – 3:30pm

Where: Alson H. Smith, Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center

595 Laurel Grove Road, Winchester, Virginia 22602

Who:     Beginning & Established Commercial Cider Makers

What:    The focus of this field day is to showcase current research projects geared towards cider apple production and fermentation. Participants will learn about cider fermentation and yeast assimilable nitrogen (YAN) as well as the impacts of harvest maturity and postharvest storage on cider quality. The workshop will also include a visit to a variety trial orchard block, a sensory faults demonstration, and regional cider evaluations (participants to bring cider for demo). There will also be a networking lunch and a concluding discussion to assess the future directions of the Virginia cider industry.

Cost:      $20.00 per person – (Registration Fee due by June 10th)

Checks made payable to VCE-Frederick – Please mail to 107 N. Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601

– No cash or credit cards accepted and attendance is limited to the first 48 registrants

– Include contact information with/on check (phone, address, and email preferred)

  • Learn about: Cider Fermentation, Intro to yeast assimilable nitrogen (YAN), crop load and YAN, how YAN impacts fermentation, fungicide residues and fermentation, sensory faults demo, regional cider evaluations, cider apple varieties, orchard production systems, tour a variety trial orchard block, harvest maturity, postharvest storage and cider quality, and a wrap-up discussion regarding future industry directions
  • Speakers include: Dr. Amanda Stewart; Dr. Greg Peck; Tom Boudreau (MS Student); Brianna Ewing (MS Student)
  • Please contact Mark Sutphin ( ) or 540.665.5699 for additional information.

The event is rain or shine and will require some outside walking. Please come dressed accordingly and wear closed-toe shoes.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mark Sutphin, Frederick County Extension, at (540) 665-5699/TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

There will be a charge of $50.00 for all returned checks.

2016 Cider Workshop Flyer

2015 Winter Fruit School Hard Cider and Tall Spindle Presentations

In response to requests for more information about my talks at the 2015 Winter Fruit Schools, I have linked condensed versions of my presentations to this blog post.

In addition, more information about hard cider can be found at:

More information about tall spindle orchards can be found at:

Gregory Michael Peck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Horticulture • Virginia Tech
Alson H. Smith, Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center
595 Laurel Grove Road • Winchester, VA 22602 • USA
540.869.2560 X19
Tree Fruit Homepage:

Sold Out: Cider Production Short Course: From Tree To Bottle

As of October 17, the Cider Production Short Course: From Tree to Bottle has been sold out. Any registrations received after this date will be returned. If you did not get a confirmation email that we received your registration form and payment, then you are not registered. Thank you for your interest. We plan to host more cider related workshops in the future.

Cost Share Program for Planting Hard Cider Apple Cultivars by Greg Peck

A Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services was awarded to the Nelson County Economic Development Office to increase the volume of hard cider apples grown in Virginia. Grant awards are for a maximum of $3,000.

Please contact Maureen Kelley, Nelson County, or 434-263-7015 if you have any questions about this program.

Click the below link to download the application form as a Word Document.


Program Timeline:

January 1 – Announce Program

January 31 – Applications Accepted

February 15 – Announce Awards

May 30 – Deadline for submitting reimbursement request