Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced that Potter’s Craft Cider will invest $1.56 million to relocate and expand their existing hard cider production facility and add a tasting room. As a result of this expansion, the company will create 12 new jobs in Albemarle County and more than quadruple its cider production, while continuing to source 100 percent of its apples from Virginia.
After opening in 2011 in Free Union, just outside of Charlottesville, Potter’s Craft has experienced growing wholesale demands and customer desires for a tasting room experience. This fueled the purchase of Neve Hall, a former Episcopalian church built in 1924, for their relocation and expansion. Over the next three years, the company will renovate the historic building into a tasting room, construct a new production facility and establish an apple orchard on-site.
“We are thrilled to bring life back into this historic Albemarle County property. The 100-year-old stone church is a perfect venue for showcasing our unique ciders,” says Potter’s Craft Cider co-founders Tim Edmond and Dan Potter. “We are very grateful for the support of the commonwealth and the county as we embark on this exciting new chapter for our company.”