Danbury, CT, To celebrate five years of successful wine making, Shelter Rock Winery and Wine Making Club will host a gala Harvest Celebration in the fall complete with an “I Love Lucy” stomping of the grapes. Since it’s founding, the winery has increased production from 12 to over 50 barrels a year, as well as added 150 members. It has also become a unique part of the community as well as a vibrant city attraction. The process is overseen by winery founder Giovanni Petretta whose family has been making wine for over 500 years in Santo Stefano del Sole. Coming from a long line of Italian wine makers, it’s no surprise that Petretta chose to bring the gift of fine wine making to the state at his urban winery, the first in Danbury Connecticut.
Says Petretta,“We are hosting the harvest celebration not only for our wine making family and friends but for all of the area’s wine aficionados, And novice winemakers. I really love introducing people to the magic and joy of making wine…from grape crushing to bottling.” Petretta provides club members with grapes from top California vineyards along with bottles, corks and personalized labels. He also hosts tastings and catered events throughout the year. “We like to think of it as one big family, together enjoying an experience, a journey. We not only make wine we build friendships.”
As part of a continuing community give back program, Shelter Rock has hosted fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity, Julia Wing Foundation, Brookfield Education Foundation, Regional Hospice, The Sherman Parent Teacher Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, TBICO, The YMCA and Newtown Family Service and others,” That’s what families do…give back,” says Petretta.
For those who just want to enjoy Petretta wines, they can be purchased at these fine retailers : Caraluzzis (Bethel and Danbury), Max 40, Danbury, Stew Leonard’s, Danbury, Brookfield Wine and Spirits, Zingara in Bethel, The Black Angus and Mazzo’s in Danbury, the Foundry in Newtown and Pulcinella in Brookfield.
“Wonderful wine and lovely group of people. Inspiring experience” – Gail Furniss, satisfied customer
This year’s Harvest will kick off in October. After a short break in August, the Winery reopens with excitement on August 27th.
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