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, primarily in west Sonoma County. At our Sebastopol farm, we have planted 100 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 & Ellen Cavalli
Scott Heath is co-owner, cidermaker, orchardist, and graphic designer. He studied with UK cider expert Peter Mitchell, and has a certificate in cider sensory evaluation from the UK’s National Association of Cider Makers. Scott is a Master Printer of intaglio art (etchings), and his woodcut prints and illustrations grace our labels.
Ellen Cavalli is co-owner, sales and marketing director, and self-anointed cider evangelist. She also helps with the cidermaking work and managing the farm. A longtime book and magazine editor, she uses her communication skills to spread the word of cider.
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.