Anna's Cider was started in 2017 by Dominic and Anna O'Reilly, a husband-and-wife team, and we are the first and only Cidery in Ventura County. The whole idea started when we began to search for a cider that was made from pure, healthy, and local ingredients - criteria that is very important to us in anything that we eat or drink. We soon realized that, although the demand for hard cider was growing, the majority of ciders found on supermarket shelves were way too sweet and had so many artificial additives that we could not even taste the apples! We then decided to make our own cider that would be made from the best local apples and would be fermented in such a pure way that that the delicious, crisp apples would shine.
Dominic, who is also a winemaker, is well aware of cellar cleanliness, fermentation, and subtlety in flavor, so the transition from winemaking to making hard cider was an easy one. The result of his initial experimentation: a delicate, dry cider with very fresh apple aromatics. Production began in November 2017, but one month later, the entire business was lost to the Thomas Fire. After losing all of our cider, equipment, and our facility, the local community rallied around to offer support and encouragement. Humbled and thrilled by the response, we quickly rebuilt and produced cider again for our loyal supporters.
We can now be found throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara, and LA counties and are spreading the message that hard cider should be healthy, delicious, and actually taste like apples!
Dominic O'Reilly - Owner, Cider-maker Anna O'Reilly - Owner
Brigid O'Reilly - Sales and Marketing Director
Alex Tombelli - Director of Operations
Elaine Tombelli - Projects and Administration Director