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While riding his bike through the Cape Cod town of
Having vacationed in
The meeting was life-changing for Roberts, a
Now Roberts and members of his family, which includes wife Kathy, son David Jr. a former beer brewer in
The previous owners of the winery, which had been a tourist stop on Rte. 6A in Truro for years, Roberts said, loved growing grapes but weren't so much into designing wines. With the help of winemaker Matyas Vogel, who studied viticulture and oenology in his native
"The first year, there was a learning curve," Roberts said. Although he knew the marketing side of the business, he needed to learn about the growing and winemaking processes. The previous owners didn't keep a history of the wines or grapes so he sort of had to feel things out as he went.
But the "unbelievably rich" sandy soil and southern exposure on the former dairy farm proved the perfect growing conditions for the 3,500 vines. And with the purchase of grapes from other places like Westport Winery in
Because it's in a tourist area, "people come in expecting a 'make-believe' winery," Roberts said, "and they leave saying 'Wow, these wines are really great."'
I recently met with Roberts at the only MetroWest restaurant where you can order Truro Vineyards' wines, C.K. Shanghai in
Although C.K.'s is the only area restaurant, Truro Vineyards wines are available at 40 restaurants on the Cape and at the Top O' the Hub in
If you're visiting the