The History Of Tamuzza Vineyards

The Early Years . . . Continued

1986

We produced 10,100 gallons of wine in our second year of operation. We bought more stainless steel tanks in which to age our wine, as well as 8 French Oak barrels. We used 5 barrels for white wines and 3 barrels for red wines. 

We also had our first label designed. The firm that did our first label also designed our logo and the way our winery name appears.  The first labels were 4 color labels on a very glossy paper.  At the time they were very different from other winery labels.  As I recall we lined up 25 different wine bottles and asked people which label "jumped" out or would they reach for first.  We had a limited advertising budget and we thought that a very different looking wine label would make a statement and help out in a big way.  At that time wineries were all using lead foil capsules on their wines. We ordered 150,000 gold lead capsules.  After awhile I was so sick of seeing gold capsules on our wines, it became another reason to sell wine . . . .

 

1987
In the early winter of 1987, we bottled our first wines. Richard and Judy of Poor Richard's winery helped us out with those first days of bottling.  Their winery was still to come.

 

1988
A new law permitted wineries to open a number of outlets throughout the State of New Jersey.  We opened our first outlet at Old Lafayette Village in Sussex County.

 

1989
We had our largest harvest to date.  From our own vineyard we harvested 120 tons of grapes--over 20,000 gallons of wine. Following the harvest, we had record-setting rainfall in the autumn. We also had a harsh and early winter, with temperatures that dropped to a low of 20 degrees below zero. Not only did we have a hard time maintaining heat in my home and the winery but we lost a lot of vines. The vines, which had been standing in water due to the wet fall, succumbed to the sudden and extreme cold snap.

My house, up the hill from the winery, was the

 basis for the drawing on our Chardonnay label :

 

More history to come...

 

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