Jolie Devoto, Co-founder & Orchardist
To make the best cider, your family tree better be an apple tree...
Jolie Devoto-Wade’s passion for all things quality was nurtured alongside the acres of heirloom apple trees on her family’s Sonoma, California orchard. The 5th generation Californian embraced the region’s fresh food culture early in her life, while she helped prune trees, tended her mother’s celebrated flowers and created delicious apple treats of all kinds, showcasing the many varieties grown on the farm.
Though her love for apples and all things related runs deep – she swears she could eat ten apples each day and never tire of them – her parents encouraged Jolie and her two sisters to broaden their world perspectives and sparked an adventurous spirit in their daughters with travels during the off seasons.
She studied special event management at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and studied viticulture and wine, traveling back home during the summers to ferment her own cider and hone her craft. Her talents brought her back to Northern California after college, where she blended her expertise planning weddings at V. Sattui Winery.
Since, like the flowers that surround her family’s orchard, Jolie eventually felt the urge to grow wild and moved to San Francisco for a faster pace of life. She met Hunter Wade in a yoga class, and the two connected over a shared family history and love for farming and great food and drink. They traveled to Italy, where they worked at a biodynamic winery, and Spain’s Basque country, where their passion for cider and the culinary culture surrounding it grew into a brand new business venture.
Upon returning to Sonoma, they launched their 'cider project' in 2012, using the rare, heirloom apple varieties that Jolie’s family had grown throughout the region for decades. In 2014, they bought a canning line and launched the Golden State Cider brand. Now, Jolie and Hunter – as well as several cats and chickens – live on the family farm and immerse themselves daily in the craft of creating the very best cider from the orchard’s trees and beyond.