Cheers Check-in: New Cider Barn at Bold Rock

Posted on September 22, 2014 by


Capitalizing on nearly three years of success and overwhelming demand, Bold Rock has transformed its once relatively modest tasting room and production facility on Route 151 in Nelson County into a breathtaking, multi-million dollar cider barn.

Bold Rock to unveil new multimillion dollar cidern barn Monday

Bold Rock to unveil new multi-million dollar cider barn Monday, September 22nd.

The cider barn, which cost at least $6 million to build, opened to the public Monday. The expansive two-story, open air structure was built with more than 600 hundred oak beams, including a 150-year-old, 6,000-pound beam engraved with Bold Rock’s motto: “Be Bold. Tread Lightly. Make It Happen.”


The moment guests walk through the double barn doors, they are fittingly greeted with the word “Apples” emblazoned on a wooden wall. Visitors then walk into the main tasting room and restaurant, which houses a rustic stone fireplace, gift shop, ample seating and two cider bars.

Visitors sitting in the main tasting room and restaurant will be able to look through a floor-to-ceiling glass window into the adjacent production facility, which houses 30-foot tall stainless steel fermentation vats that hold 6,600 gallons each, as well as an Italian bottling machine.

“We don’t want to hide the production,” co-founder Brian Shanks said. “We want people to see how cider is made, warts and all.”

There also are pictorial displays depicting the history of Bold Rock and information on cider making posted on the walls on the second story of the barn, which overlooks the vast production facility.

“This building is an education tool,” co-founder John Washburn said. “But it’s also a place where people can drink in the scenery.”

Guests can sit on a large outdoor patio that overlooks the Rockfish River and marvel at stunning views of Washburn’s 50-acre farm and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

In addition, guests will soon be able to eat from a menu of local, farm-fresh food to accompany the handcrafted, locally produced cider.

The cider barn — the vision of Washburn’s wife, Robin, and displayed prominently on Bold Rock’s bottles — will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It sits on a large hill with the grand entrance facing Route 151 in Nellysford, awaiting the arrival of local cider lovers.

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