The Urban Winery was created with the understanding that wine is a social occasion. Our wines are best enjoyed in the company of friends and family, a concept deeply instilled in us by owner Georgia Callis’s father, Anthony, known to his family and friends as Bole.
Georgia began making wine at an early age, learning the trade from her father, a Greek immigrant carpenter who started making wine in America in the early 1970s. As Georgia advanced from crushing grapes with her feet as a child, to creating her own wines as a young adult, she met Damon, a Marine, who was determined to marry her. Bole encouraged her to invite Damon over to make wine. It was not only a rite of passage for dating his daughter, but a tradition that has passed from generation to generation, a true test of loyalty and family. Eager to impress Bole and win the hand of his daughter, Damon took them up on the offer and winemaking became a treasured hobby.
Even as Damon left the Marines and became a financial planner and Georgia became a registered OR nurse, their hobby continued to grow into a passion to explore and expand their knowledge. They entered competitions and continued improving their craft. While it was difficult to sway Bole away from his beloved Old Vine Zinfandel, they explored other single varietal wines and created new blends. These wines were created using traditional small-batch methods they still use today.
2013 was a particularly pivotal year, as Bole, an otherwise healthy and strong man, started to deteriorate with signs of Alzheimer’s. Though this was his last year making wine, he always had an enormous smile when he watched his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren continue the tradition.
Bole departed in April 2014. His legacy would become the catalyst and motivation for The Urban Winery. In Greece there is the vision of “παρεα“ the concept of family and friends enjoying time together, building bonds, and celebrating life’s experiences. The Urban Winery strives to create the same amazing feeling for others who want to savor the wine and share their stories.
We make not only wine…but wine that tells a story. For our family, it was about being together, sharing, collaborating, sometimes arguing… all part of the adventure…the process…the love and satisfaction of creating something to enjoy year round with friends and family.
From our family to yours,
The wines produced by the Urban Winery are as unique and inspired as those who drink them. They may be bold, spicy, sweet, complex, understated, golden, mysterious, refreshing, light, enticing, unusual, intense, special, earthy, velvety, fruity, traditional, vintage, sophisticated, stylish, award winning, full bodied, adventurous, sparkling, undiscovered, well balanced, fun, dry, blended, aged, crisp, notable, smokey, floral, deep, single varietal, rich, experimental, unfiltered, reserved, peppery, local, perfect, still, modern, quirky, tart, buttery, dark, open, paired, young, decadent, inspired….Which Urban Winery Wine are you?
Who we are.
Meet Damon & Georgia
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