The Hudson Valley: A Cider Region
With renowned scenic beauty, the Hudson Valley is a vital and diverse agricultural landscape. Apples thrive in the valley’s ideal climate, soil and topography, as though the fruit and the land were made for each other. Before America was even a nation, apples were fermented into hard cider that quenched the thirst of a growing population. Cider was an everyday, anytime drink, appearing at breakfast tables and in local taverns. Prohibition and urbanization stifled hard cider production, and for a time our cider culture was lost. Today a cider revival is underway, and the Hudson Valley is a vibrant center of production. The craggy arms of apple trees still embrace this land, and once again our cideries are blossoming.