6219 Harley Rd, Middletown, MD 21769, United States
Open by appointment January-March
Eric Rice and Lori Leitzel Rice craft their farmhouse style cider from certified organic, American heirloom apples on their 35 acre farm in Middletown, Maryland. Organic pears, blueberries, black currants and other fruits make tasty additions to Willow Oaks' ciders. Fabulous fruit, unique terroir and small batch barrel fermentation let the flavors and aroma of the fruit shine through to a crisp, dry finish.
Governor's Cup honors "Gloaming" won "best in class" and a gold medal. "Vocare" won Silver
The Willow Oaks barn has sweeping views, comfortable spaces to relax with friends, a farmstand with organic produce, beef and preserves and an extensive gallery of fine art, pottery and jewelry. Bring a picnic, grab a board game off the shelf and settle in.
July’s vibrant tart cherry, Juillet merges with the gathering of fall fruit. Asian pears and Turkish cherries? A dramatic union to be sure. “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.”
Roxbury Russet is believed to be the first apple cultivated by American settlers. Roxbury is joined by its cousin Golden Russet to create this etherial varietal cider. Smooth, silky, crisp and balanced. 7-9% abv
Apparition-Appearition “The appearance of something remarkable or unexpected”, a fermentation apparition from our Asian pears. A unique bearing on a traditional perry.
Organic Asian pears + spicy fresh ginger, a perfect Pairing. Smooth and silky in texture, this cyser needs no carbonation to enliven the palate. The first fermentation of pear is followed with the addition of honey and fresh-pressed ginger juice. This cyser delivers a beguiling aroma and serious ginger kick. 8.5% abv
2017 Governor's Cup Silver Medal
Have you ever started out in one place and ended up somewhere completely unexpected? Organic American heritage apples are called to cider, fermented for a year, then aged an extra year in the barrel like a Spanish “sidra” and yet invokes a delicate French cider. Vocare emerges from its journey with a softer apple tang and notes of vanilla. 7.4% abv and naturally effervescent.
2017 Governor's Cup "Best in Class" and Gold medal
The sunny, bright disposition of our straight up apple cider goes dark and moody with the addition of organic black currants. The word gloaming is from the Old English verb "glōwan," "to glow." By the early 1800s, English speakers began to use the Scottish verb gloam, "to become twilight" or "to grow dark." All the magic of nightfall with the remaining rays of sunlight. Gloaming, organic apples and black currents fermented to a tart, dry finish and gorgeous purple twilight color. 7.4% abv with rich and tiny bubbles.
All In…but a little hoppy! A rediscovered, German/American heritage drink (apparently our forefathers objected to the beer tax and hopped their cider to avoid the tax collector). Our organic apples and Cascade Hops. Crisp, bright, floral and a bit fizzy. 7.4% abv
One of our very favorite apples shines in this single varietal cider. The Black Twig was Andrew Jackson’s favorite too, an Appalachian heritage apple that has been in production since 1830. Sweet tart and tannic, perfect balance in a cider apple. 7.4% abv
Who would have thought the humble blueberry could tame the tart of an apple? Organic apples harmonize with a perfect note of organic blueberry to deliver a softer melody to the palate. This sassy number is “pétillant”, just slightly fizzy and blushing blue, 7.4% abv
Blend, mixture, mosaic, mélange, medley, combination, fusion; all our apple varieties in the bins, to the press, in the barrel, in the bottle, in the glass. All the history, all the work, all the help, all the time; All In. Our organic apples, crafted in small batches in neutral oak barrels, fermented slow and cold to 7.4% abv with a small amount of natural effervescence. All In is tangy and crisp with a rich apple aroma.