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 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 too sweet and were not transparent about additives and artificial flavoring. It was then that we decided to make our own cider from local apples and use our wine background to ferment them into a traditional hard cider.
Dominic, who is also a winemaker, is well aware of cellar cleanliness, fermentation, and subtlety in flavor, so the transition from wine-making to making hard cider was an easy one. 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 Southern California and are spreading the message that hard cider can, and should be, healthy AND delicious!
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