Orchardists all of the country are starting to get excited about cider apples part in due to last Fall's Good Fruit Magazine article and also due to articles like this one from Hard Cider Production in Virginia from Virginia Tech.
We are pleased to have our North American Cider Map and the blog linked. Thanks Virginia Tech!
Enjoy the cider reading!
Here is an excerpt...
In every major apple-growing region in the United States, there is an exponential expansion of commercial hard cider production. One source lists more than 100 licensed commercial cideries (wineries that specialize in hard cider production) across the country. The majority of these businesses are less than 10 years old, showing the growing popularity of hard cider among consumers. Virginia has at least seven licensed commercial cideries, and several more slated to open in the next few years. Additionally, individuals who are interested in starting or expanding their orchard, winery, or cidery business are increasingly approaching Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Virginia Department of Consumer Services personnel for technical support on growing hard cider apples and making hard cider. Possessing many parallels to the Virginia wine industry, hard cider production can positively impact rural economies by creating a new value-added agricultural opportunity, which promotes tourism, land preservation and Virginia's apple industry.
Continue the article here: http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/alson-h-smith/treefruit/horticulture/hard-cider/