Matt Lohr, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, speaks at a celebration Friday to mark the start of commercial cider production at the Old Hill Cider facility west of Timberville. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Old Hill Cider owners Sarah and Shannon Showalter (left to right) share a toast Friday of Cidermaker’s Barrel with Lohr, Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, and Rockingham County Supervisor Pablo Cuevas. The startup of the commercial facility was made possible in part with a $300,000, three-year marketing grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Co-owner Shannon Showalter shows a cider press in the press room of the new Old Hill Cider facility on Friday.