Sunday, June 27, 2010

Milford-Orange Bulletin Raves About Savino Vineyards in Woodbridge, Connecticut

Savino Vineyards offers a tasting room to enjoy its fruits
Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010
By Bridget Albert, Editor
WOODBRIDGE – Situated on eight acres of pristine farmland with gently blowing winds perfect for growing grapes for winemaking sits Savino Vineyards.The vineyard, located at 128 Ford Road, was the dream/vision of winemaker Gennaro (Jerry) Savino and his wife Louise.

Jerry said the land that is home to his many grapes was not always in the pristine shape it is today.Savino said the soil was decent and was near the perfect 6 ph he needed to grow his grapes.The ground was riddled with massive boulders that had to be cleared out for planting. The boulders are now a natural landscape on the property.Savino said he and his family moved to Woodbridge in 1971.“There was not one vineyard in Connecticut then,” Jerry said.

Before following his passion as a winemaker Savino owned several restaurants in New York and Connecticut.Today his vineyard is part of the Connecticut Wine Trail Passport. Where you can tour various vineyards in Connecticut, receive a ‘passport’ stamp and be entered into a drawing for several prizes.Jerry said the back-breaking work of clearing and preparing the land was done by himself and his family. It was very labor intensive he said.Jerry, who was born in Italy, said he came from vineyard country.

He came to the United States in 1954. Before coming to Connecticut he was in the restaurant business starting with a pizza parlor in New York City.Jerry planted his vineyard in 2000 and opened the vineyard to the public in 2008. The first year he said he reaped about one-third his crop.Savino said his most popular wine is a merlot, St. Croix. Another red is Frontonac, but it isn’t as popular as the merlot.Another one is cabernet franc with quite a following already.

He is only producing one white wine, a sauvignon blanc, right now. Jerry said birds and deer are his biggest vineyard problems so he has installed a special Italian type of fencing to protect the grape trees to dissuade the critters from eating his grapes. And he has been successful with this method of animal control.Savino said his wine production time is toward fall with the early grape (St Croix) at the beginning of September and the rest the first week in October. He has already won accolades for his efforts with the 2009 bronze medal winner from The Wine Society for the 2007 St. Croix in the Amenti Del Vino International Wine Competition.
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