Penns Woods Winery is the result of Gino Razzi’s lifetime of experience in the world of wine. A respected importer and distributor of wine, Gino is an Italian immigrant from Abruzzo in southern Italy who settled in the Delaware County area in 1962, where he was fostered by the area’s Italian-American community. He served four years in the United States Marines then attended college in California after graduation, retuned to Pennsylvania to rejoin family and friends.
After three decades of success as a wine importer, Gino turned his experience towards the craft of winemaking in 1995, creating his first finished wine in 1997 with SYMPOSIUM, a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. It was his first commercially released wine, and was awarded 95 points (out of a possible 100) by Wine Spectator Magazine.
This publication recently honored this wine again with its inclusion in the retrospective article “Italy’s Golden Vintage – The 1997 Harvest” in 2007
Gino’s pursuit of perfection was then turned to his own back yard. In 2002 he began to craft some wines from Pennsylvania – grown grapes. To his surprise, he found that some great wines can be made in Pennsylvania.
After a thorough search for an ideal vineyard site, in2004 he opted to purchase the Smithbridge Winery to take advantage of its 25 year old vines.
The Pennsylvania’s Continental climate with moderate rainfall, contributed in to crafting several wines combining the ripeness levels and full fruit of the New World with the austerity, complexity, and respect for terroir of the Old.
Gino is convinced that Pennsylvania has the capability to produce world-class wines, and hopes to contribute to the legacy of hard work and artistry of his predecessors. As a symbol of these aspirations, one dollar from the sale of each bottle of Penns Woods wines is donated to the Pennsylvania State College of Agriculture for viticulture research.
The Penns Woods Winery’s story is just beginning. Taste, enjoy, and cellar our wines, and be a part of history in the making.