For over 200 years our ancestors in the Strickler, now Foley, families have farmed the same land on the floor of the Page Valley. We’re located in the shadow of the Massanutten Mountain where fertile land and easy access to water for irrigation have allowed for top quality grain production. Our location is a quarter mile up the hill from the Shenandoah River, hence our name, River Hill Distillery. Today, some of our grain feeds cattle, while others feed thirsts. When we received our preliminary licensing in spring of 2014, for the first time in generations our family was able to legally produce old family recipe whiskey! Owned by Fred and Amy Foley, River Hill is the first and only legal distillery in Page County. We wanted to embrace the ‘locally grown’ ideology by using ingredients produced or grown at our farm or as locally as possible; Virginia has a lot to offer! Our corn comes from a field across the dirt road while our barley is sourced from across the mountain. In addition to distilled spirits, we also make fruit wines which we sell from our tasting room. Much of our fruit is harvested from Fred’s mom’s house down the road; the remainder we source from a few other local farms. During berry season it’s not uncommon for everyone in the family to pick wild berries, sometimes over a hundred pounds in an evening!
River Hill Distillery specializes in corn whiskey and bourbon whiskey. Our whiskies all start with corn grown on our farm. The corn is shelled using a 100+ year old hand powered sheller. After shelling, we malt the corn on premises in small batches to maintain quality. The malted corn is then used to produce mash; batches are typically less than 50 gallons. We believe in quality over quantity.
We truly offer something for everyone during your visit to River Hill. From the gorgeous mountain views to the relaxing front porch rocking chairs, River Hill Distillery can please the most expert bourbon drinker or fruit wine lover. From our family to yours, we hope you make River Hill Distillery a stop during your Virginia travels! Fred says “Y’all come on in and let us show you how we make our whiskey!”
River Hill Bourbon
River Hill Corn Whiskey
356 Ruffners Ferry Rd, Luray, VA 22835
HOURS: Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 AM, Saturday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM