Meet the Team

We’ve got a great group of people here at Redwood Cellars where we make the Old Mout Cider. Here are a few of the driving forces behind the business helping bring you the best of the good stuff…

Our Cidermakers

David Sax- Chief Cidermaker

What I do at Old Mout..I am the Chief Cidermaker here at Old Mout, where I oversee the entire cider production process. Ultimately that means ensuring the quality and variety of our ciders is the best on the market.

The best thing about working here is…The amount of tasting required to ensure we are producing the best ciders on the market. 

How I got here…I started making wines and ciders when I was 14 years old. Despite this early start I managed to graduate with a BSc degree from London, and then started my professional winemaking career by completing a postgraduate diploma in viticulture and winemaking at Lincoln. I then spent 17 years making wines in both Europe and New Zealand – most recently 6 years as winemaker at Grove Mill, in Marlborough. I have had two short career  diversifications. Bookmaker – I ran a successful betting shop, in a seaside town on the south coast of England. From over 6,000 managers I reached the Final 6 in the 2003 Betting Shop Manager of the Year Competition. Truck Driver – less successful. I managed to get my truck wedged in a tunnel, causing the 2 hour closure of a major Intercity railway line into London.

If I wasn’t at Old Mout I’d probably be… Fermenting some other tasty beverage. Different career path? A steeplechase jockey.

My favourite Old Mout Cider is (…..) because it is the most delicious Old Mout cider yet! I’m sorry it is not yet available in the shops. Top secret R&D. Being Chief Cidermaker at Old Mout has its perks……


Merophy Hyslop – Cidermaker

What I do at Old Mout…I’m the Cider Maker. That means I handle everything from choosing the juice through to the point of bottling. Whenever I get a chance, I’m also researching and developing new products.

The best thing about working here is…The variety!

How I got here…I studied winemaking at Lincoln University, then travelled the world for about four years learning the trade and visiting cideries as often as I could.  While working for almost five years at a winery in Nelson – and making cider in my spare time – I decided a change of direction was needed, so I knocked on the door of Old Mout… and they gave me a job.

If I wasn’t at Old Mout I’d probably be…Making cider somewhere else. I’d rather be making it here though, of course.

My favourite Old Mout Cider is…Feijoa & Cider because I like its zestiness!