TerraCello Winery

Tony Jr

TerraCello Winery and the Auciello family

welcomes everyone to their farm Winery located just minutes from Sandbanks beach in an area locally known as “Mountainview”. Our Vineyard is perched atop the third highest plateau in all of Prince Edward County. Topographically, our vineyard is planted on a 5% southern slope on top of clay loam soil with an under burden of fragmented limestone bedrock that is naturally drained and radiates heat at night back to our vines. Vineyard rows are sowed to a variety of grasses, such as Italian rye grass which adds biodiversity and fosters a sustainable vineyard that is predicated on organic principles. Currently, TerraCello has 5 low yielding acres of Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Baco Noir, De Chaunac, and Sov Coronation, Pinot Noir and limited Vidal.

From Robust and Tannic, to supple and soft, my wines are finessed, guided and brought to maturity with minimum intervention, allowing the wines to truly reflect our terroir .

We here at TerraCello sincerely look forward to meeting you and enjoying your company while you enjoy a rustic yet refined experience with our wines and our Southern Italian hospitality.
Sincerely,

Anthony Auciello  Winemaker and Vineyard manager
Daniela Auciello Winery Manager

 

ourstory

Our Story

In 2004, after a trip to his father’s hometown, Anzano Di Puglia, Italy, Anthony Auciello Jr. came to a dark realization. The family’s “pezza di Terra”, piece of land in Italy that his father and cousin had purchased in 1990 was in bad shape. Overgrown bush stood instead of the fruit trees and small vineyard once tended too by his Zio Gaetano Rossi as a young boy. War and famine pushed these young men and women out and all was abandoned. After his father’s passing, Tony Jr decided to go back by himself. He found himself, but nothing resembling “IL Paradiso”, the paradise as locals would refer to his Grandfather Euplio’s Land. He was profoundly moved. Crying for days in the town of his father’s birth, he decided he wanted to do something remarkable,something crazy, something that would stretch him physically, mentally, financially and emotionally.He came back to Canada determined. Failure was not an option. As luck would have it, his mother mentioned Prince Edward County and the rest is history.

In 2006, he found that magical piece of “Terra” and the “Ciello” family began in earnest to restore the “Fox” farm starting with the Fox farmhouse formally the home of Mr. John Fox, county Warden in the 60’s.He worked tirelessly, teaching by day, and renovating under a cold spotlight by night. 18 hour days for 5 years. Begging, borrowing and using the skills his father passed onto him to build his own winery, with his own hands relentlessly until his dream would be realized. On July 23rd, 2013, Tony Jr. and his Wife Daniela would become the youngest self funded winery owners in the County. Passion replaced money. Heart replaced indifference. Soul and integrity to his crafts saw him through. And then they came. They saw and felt it. He was there not for the money, or for the crowds of people, or for attention or acclaim. He was there simply to make his father proud him. Working hard, staying hungry and treating everyone like his own family. This is what TerraCello is about. It cannot be bought because it comes from within. Tony welcomes you to come and experience first hand the difference his love makes in the overall experience at TerraCello Winery.

Anthony Auciello, Owner

Our Vineyards

Our vineyard comprises of 5.5 acres planted to both Vitis Vinifera and French hybrids. TerraCello’s vines such as our Riesling and Cabernet Franc have been imported from Germany and France respectively. Our soil consists of heavy “hillier clay loam” over fragmented limestone bedrock with a high residual ph which makes it absolutely vital. Our vines are grafted onto lime tolerant rootstocks. Our soil depths range from 28 inches at the front of our estate to 36 inches in our “Vento” plot. All TerraCello’s vines have been hand planted by wonderful friends and family who volunteer their time every few years to break a sweat and enjoy being together with one another, and of course good food.

As Vineyard Manager, Anthony Auciello is adamant that by hand planting, numerous objectives are achieved that are not achieved by machine planting. For example, we spread vine roots evenly, water each plant immediately, tamp each vine to ensure no air pockets are released, and add various fertilizers to ensure optimal plant nutrition. Over time, we at TerraCello believe our vines will be greener, healthier and happier with increased resistance to disease and insect damage because of our eco friendly vineyard strategies. In regards to vine management, all plants are custom pruned according to the vine age and to their growth habits. As well, weed management, tying, tucking, de leafing, de clustering and hedging are all done by hand with great effort to maximize varietal character on a regimented timeline. A variety of grasses are sowed, mowed and then grape hoed back into the land as “green” compost to ensure sufficient plant nutrition. This will afford the biodiversity of beneficial insects to live in our vineyard in a symbiotic relationship with vines and maintain nature’s equilibrium without the use of insecticides.

Total acreage – 31.5
Vine age – 1 to 7 years
Soil – Hillier clay loam over 3 feet of fragmented limestone with excellent cation exchange
Depth – 28 to 36 inches
Trellising – Vertical
Pruning – Cane and spur
Varietals – Cab Franc, Riesling, Baco Noir, De Chaunac, Sov Coronation, Pinot Noir, Vidal

 

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The Patio

Our rustic, Italian style patio offers a tranquil area nestled among our vineyard. Panoramic Northern views of the countryside in an unspoiled rural setting set the stage for our wood fired authentic Italian style pizza oven which we will be opening soon. Families can sit, relax and enjoy a glass of wine under the pergola, reminiscent of a Tuscan countryside.

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Visitors are welcome to traverse the grounds with their glass of wine in hand and wonder around, in a bucolic setting. Prince Edward County, as many say, “is the land that time has forgotten”. So come and visit us at TerraCello Winery in beautiful, sunny, Prince Edward County, Ontario.