How working dog winery came to be
Our story starts early in 2001 with a group of friends relaxing after work one day. The conversation rambled from topic to topic until it landed upon an idea . . . "wouldn't it be great if we could plant some grapes and try making our own wine?” One thing led to another, and before they knew it, these friends were digging holes and planting vinifera, on what is now Working Dog's vineyard.
The vineyard is located in the rolling terrain of eastern Mercer County in Central New Jersey. We started with 3 acres of Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. The more we planted, and the more wine we made, the more we came to realize that our terroir . . . that combination of soil, climate, topography . . . is capable of producing outstanding fruit. And our idea about making our own wines has taken on a life of its own, quickly changing from hobby to passion to obsession. Oh yeah, and somewhere along the line, it became a business.