Anna's Cider was started in 2017 by Dominic and Anna O'Reilly and is the first and only hard cidery in Ventura County. The husband-and-wife team realized that, although the demand for hard cider was growing, the majority of ciders found on supermarket shelves were cloyingly sweet or heavy and that authentic, old-style cider was hard to come by. As they tasted more and more cider, they came to the realization that if they wanted a light and clean cider, they would have to produce their own.
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 thank all of you who helped us come back stronger than before. We look forward to sharing many exciting new changes this year - including a Tap Room in 2018. Look out for us in your local watering hole and follow us on social media for more progress and updates!
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