Mt. Defiance creates handcrafted, small batch hard cider and spirits. We are located in historic downtown Middleburg, Virginia. Tastings of our ciders are always available!

Mt. Defiance offers paid tastings of our cider in our beautiful tasting room.

Mt. Defiance Distillery also offers paid tastings of our fine spirits. Tastings take place every half hour. The first tasting begins 30 minutes after the store opens and the last tasting begins at 5:30p.

Drop in to our distillery store (the smallest ABC store in Virginia!) to purchase our distilled products.


4193-DSC_0294Cider is finally coming back into its own as America’s table drink, a position it enjoyed during Colonial times and throughout the 19th Century. Today, especially here in Virginia where we obtain our cider and produce it, you see the different schools of thought concerning cider: from the traditional farm cideries where classic cider apples are pressed and the juice fully fermented with only yeast added, to the cutting edge cider makers who are influenced by the craft beer movement and infuse and co-ferment a riotous blend of new and historic natural flavors into their ciders.

Marc Chretien
Founding Partner
Mount Defiance Cidery & Distillery


10521377_257493067794942_4083990701500947119_n (1)At our Cidery, Mount Defiance is very proud to offer classic and craft ciders. We have traditional farmhouse blends of dry cider and do a single variety cider, but we also love to infuse fresh ginger for a serious ginger flavored cider and we run a full spectrum of infused and co-fermented ciders ranging from honey (cyser) to blueberries to our five pepper cider, designed to stand up to barbecues. Every season brings different flavors to entice our customers.

Our style can best be described as eclectic and accessible, for we believe there should be a cider to suit a wide variety of tastes and food pairings.

Come pay us a visit and taste for yourself.


IMG_0053Mt. Defiance Distillery focuses on the revival of classic spirits that have their roots in both Colonial America and Europe. The English settlers in America brought with them a love of hard cider, and its close relation, Apple Brandy.  We are happy to offer Apple Brandy, and later this year we will begin selling Apple liqueur made from our brandy and local apple cider.  

Rum, the most widely consumed spirit in the American colonies, fell in popularity over the course of the 19th century.  We are participating in its comeback, focusing on traditional techniques to produce both aged and un-aged products that are full flavored yet smooth.  

This year we will also begin producing and selling Absinthe.  We use the same all natural ingredients for our absinthe as were used in fin de siècle France, with Grand Wormwood, Lemon Balm and Hyssop grown here in Virginia, Aniseed from Andalucía, Spain, and Fennel Doux from Provence, France.  Long banned, Absinthe has been redeemed, and you will be able to experience this unique spirit yourself.

Opening Hours




12pm to 6pm


12pm to 6pm


12pm to 6pm


12pm to 6pm


12pm to 6pm


12pm to 6pm

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