How It Began
It began with a barrel. And a stinky mess.|
In the summer of 2005, a friend of David Schmeltzle brought him a bottle of homemade wine. David, pleased with the wine and intrigued by the possibility of making his own, purchased a 55 gallon barrel and 60 gallons of pre-pressed grape juice, and set it up in the basement of his house. The barrel, though beautiful in its dark oak and all its delicious possibilities, quickly turned into a fermenting foaming huge mess and painfully strong fermentation odors. David’s wife lovingly suggested to him a few weeks later, “You have to get that out of the house. Isn't there a place you can go do this?”
David drew up a business plan, built a prototype store in his basement, and in December of 2005, invited the first round of friends and family to make wine together. The enterprise was successful, and in May of the following year, Vintner’s Circle’s first retail space opened at Best Farms Market, an old post-and-beam retail store in Hackettstown, NJ.
In the following four years, David’s dream of home wine making has expanded from a big barrel in his basement to six franchise locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With the continued devoted support from family, friends, team members and customers, Vintner’s Circle continues to grow, and to develop communities of fellow wine lovers across two states.
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