The Petretta family was one of the founding families of Santo Stefano del Sole, dating back to 1525. Their connection to the land runs deep, just as the grapevines their family tended for six generations. But everything changed after the devastating 1980 earthquake.
Giovanni arrived in the U.S. with a suitcase the size of a laptop. For years, the Petretta family craft of old world winemaking lay unused as Giovanni tackled a new language and a new culture. Giovanni missed the traditions of his homeland. He wanted to bring something from his old world into the new, something that could reconnect him to the land he still loved.
So Giovanni started in the basement of his Brookfield, CT home, where he lived with his wife and three children, purchasing the right grapes and using the old methods that had been shaped by his family for generations.
That first year, Giovanni invited friends to help in the winemaking process. Each year the group of friends grew, as did the amount of wine he produced. Giovanni soon realized he had created something special, something that connected him to his past and connected him more deeply to his adopted community. Santo Stefano Winemaking was reborn.
Santo Stefano Winemaking became Casa Petretta Cellars, a selection of handcrafted blends that continued the same old-world winemaking traditions established so many years ago in Italy with individual bottles available for sale through select distributors.
Then, in 2012, Giovanni opened Shelter Rock Winery as a means of introducing winemaking to the public. Giovanni has embraced his family’s heritage to allow others to embrace their own.
Shelter Rock Winery is a celebration of the past and the present, the young and the old, the old world and the new.
Ask for Casa Petretta Cellars from your local wine store and restaurants!
5 Shelter Rock Road, Danbury, CT 203.744.9488 email@example.com