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, our 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.
Anthony Auciello Winemaker and Vineyard manager
Daniela Auciello Winery Manager
In 2004, after a trip to his father’s hometown, Anzano di Puglia, Italy, Anthony Auciello 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 planted there. However, a seed was planted in his mind. Inspired by Italy’s astounding beauty, vineyards, culture and people, Mr. Auciello came back to Canada with a vision. As luck would have it, in 2005 at age 25, he had been made aware of Prince Edward County by his mother Franka. Within days, the search for that perfect parcel of “Terra” as his father always referenced God’s earth, was on. Obsessed with “La Terra” the search went on for over a year, with his soon to be wife Daniela always there by his side.
In 2006, they 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 1960’s. Restless and eager to leave Toronto, Mr. Auciello began renovating the 4,000sq foot “Drive Shed”, a building that was used to store agricultural equipment, firewood and hay. For 6 years people often drove by and couldn’t understand what this young crazy Italian was doing as progress was often slow. Loving neighbours often dropped in and encouraged him to keep building. Little by little, Mr. Auciello was building a Winery from 65% salvaged county material given to him by his top Architect Ernie Margetson. In time, the building began to resemble an old Italian wine fattoria (factory). With little money, but unrelenting will and a keen eye, he found used material such as the historic Picton Church brick, using it to pay homage to the county and to his late father a master stonemason himself. His father would often say, “you can build something from nothing, but you’ll have to sacrifice” and “always go through the back door when the front door is closed”. Today, after nearly 7 years of sacrifice, determination and shear hard work, TerraCello Winery welcomes everyone at their front door with gratitude.
Anthony Auciello, Owner
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
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.
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.