Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery

Middleburg, Virginia | (540) 687-8100

Discover Our Variety of Small Batch Spirits


  • Silver Medal for our Cassis Liqueur in the 2017 American Crafts Spirits Association Annual Competition

  • Silver medals for our dark rum and absinthe at the 2015 Washington Cup Spirits Competition

  • Named Absinthe Distillery of the Year at the 2015 New York International Spirits Competition


Mt. Defiance Apple Brandy is made from our very own hard cider. Imagine concentrating the essence of apple cider into a smooth, aromatic spirit that can be sipped or be used in a range of cocktails.

80 proof. 375 ml.


The only ingredients going into our white rum are Grade A molasses, water, and yeast. Carefully controlled fermentation followed by double distillation produces a remarkably smooth spirit.

80 proof. 750 ml.


We want to extract as much flavor as we can from the raw ingredients, so we start with blackstrap molasses for our amber rum. We add brown sugar as a fermentable, and double distill using a traditional pot still. Several months of aging on charred oak and this rum is ready to enjoy.

80 proof. 750 ml.


Our flavorful dark rum has a beautiful copper color. Sweet, smooth, and loaded with flavor.

80 proof. 750 ml.


We start with local Vidal Blanc white wine. We extract flavors from over a dozen botanicals (many of which we grow ourselves) by soaking them in our Apple Brandy.  We sweeten the vermouth with combination of honey from Gunters in Berryville, VA and caramel syrup that we make in house.  Additional aged Apple Brandy is used to fortify the wine.  Delicious chilled, or in your favorite cocktail.

17% ABV  375ml.


Great ingredients are the key to a great absinthe, and we get our ingredients from the best absinthe herb grower in the United States. He just happens to be located in Virginia! Made in the traditional French Pontarlier style, we use Grand Wormwood, Hyssop, and Lemon Balm from Virginia, Aniseed from Andalusia, Spain, and Fennel Doux from Provence, France. We make our absinthe using a traditional copper alembic still in very small batches.

140 proof. 375 ml.


We also offer delicious Liqueurs: Amaretto, Almond, and Cassis.