We are proud to announce our latest small batch cider, Rosalita, which will benefit World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that uses the power of food to heal and strengthen communities in times of crisis and beyond.
Rosalita is a dry rosé cider made from heirloom apples and rare Schaerbeek cherries, all grown on family farms within a 200-mile radius of Virtue Cider in Fennville, Michigan. This cider is released exclusively to benefit World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit founded by Chef José Andrés that provides fresh meals for communities affected by natural disasters or other crises, and also builds more sustainable food systems through its long-term programs. The majority of proceeds from the cider’s sales will be contributed to WCK.
Virtue Cider is located among miles of orchards and vineyards in Southwest Michigan’s Cider Coast. Virtue Cider has been purpose-driven since our founding in 2011, from sourcing cider fruit from local family farms, to becoming solar powered in 2019, to contributing proceeds of cider sales to hospitality and service industry workers.
Rosalita is a 6.9% ABV dry rosé cider and will be available in 750ml bottles starting July 1 only through virtuecider.com. The apples and cherries that make Rosalita all were sourced from Michigan farms. The Schaerbeek cherries, a Belgian cherry that’s often used in kriek beer, come from trees in South Haven, Mich., planted for Virtue Cider’s founder, Gregory Hall. Apples were pressed and fermented in our cider houses, aged in French oak barrels, and aged a second time on the cherries to pick up a beautiful light hue, as well as just a hint of cherry in the nose.
Priced at a special fundraising price of $100 per bottle, proceeds will be benefiting World Central Kitchen to continue its work of providing meals for communities affected by natural disasters or other crises.
ABOUT WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN:
Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) uses the power of food to heal and strengthen communities through times of crisis and beyond. WCK has transformed the field of disaster response to help devastated communities recover and establish resilient food systems. Since its founding, WCK has served over 25 million meals to those impacted by natural disasters and other crises around the world in countries including Albania, The Bahamas, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Mozambique, Spain, Venezuela, and the United States. Learn more at WCK.org.
ABOUT VIRTUE CIDER:
Virtue Cider in Fennville, Michigan, makes craft cider using traditional techniques: making cider on a farm utilizing Michigan apples and aging the cider in barrels. Their ciders range from dry to sweet and show the complexity and nuance of Southwest Michigan’s apples. Its founder, Gregory Hall, was former brewmaster at Goose Island Brewing Company, and he brings his barrel-aging expertise to cider. Virtue Cider is open all year long where you can sample cider in the Taproom, take some home from the Bottle Shop, tour the cider houses, or walk around the solar-powered farm.