Elevating the apple to greatness since 2011
We started Tilted Shed Ciderworks in 2011 out of an obsessive love for apples and cider. All of our apples are organically grown within 35 miles of our cidery and 5 miles of our farm, primarily in west Sonoma County. At our Sebastopol farm, we have planted nearly 150 varieties of traditional cider apples and perry pears—a pomological research station on the edge of the Pacific. As cider evangelists, we are devoted to making ciders of individuality, integrity, artistry, and elegance. It’s thrilling to explore our unique terroir and the transformative powers of fermentation, and experience how our ciders shapeshift over time. We hope you’ll find our ciders to be a beautiful revelation of what the apple can do.
Scott Heath was a master printer of intaglio with a fermentation habit until he traded in his etching press for the apple press in 2011, launching Tilted Shed Ciderworks with his wife, Ellen Cavalli, a longtime editor who ostensibly runs the sales and marketing but really is a cider evangelist and aspiring apple goddess. Together, they graft and grow nearly 150 varieties of rare cider apples and perry pears on their Sebastopol farm, source organic apples from local growers, make fine ciders that showcase the terroir of Sonoma County, and preach the good word of cider and cider apples to whomever will listen! Scott and Ellen both have a profound respect for the rich, ancient heritage of cider, and read, research, learn, and drink (!) as much as possible to further expand their cider worldview. Scott has studied with UK cider expert Peter Mitchell and toured Spanish cider country, meeting with and learning from top orchardists and cidermakers there.
San Francisco Bay Area natives, Scott and Ellen grew up in Alameda, California, have known each other since the first grade, been together since 1996, and married since 2001. Nomads in search of a place to set down roots, they have also lived in New York City, New Jersey, and New Mexico. In 2010, they found their forever home in west Sonoma County, on a 5.4-acre Sebastopol farm, which they share with their son, dog, chickens, and sheep.
They and their ciders have been featured in Wine Spectator, Vogue, PUNCH, Outside, Sunset, San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, North Bay Bohemian, Sonoma Magazine, Edible Marin & Wine Country, San Jose Mercury News, NPR, and Serious Eats, among many others. They regularly present and host cidermaking, educational, and cider pairing workshops, are proud members of Sonoma County Farm Trails, and support other local community and agricultural efforts.
David Ridenhour started out by giving us a hand back in 2013, and has since become our Exterminatore Malus (Apple Destroyer), in charge of the apple washing, sorting, and grinding. He is also our field sales rep. A Sonoma County native and Gulf War veteran, David also runs Agrestic Ferments, making cider, wine, and mead.