Conshohocken resident and brother launching urban winery in Philadelphia

Conshohocken resident Tim Capuzzi (pictured right above), and his brother Mike, are launching Gritty City Winery this month in Philadelphia, plus the wines will be available at Flanigan’s Boathouse and the Below Deck Bottle Shop in Conshohocken.

The brothers, who grew up in Philadelphia, shared that their love for wine traces back to their Italian grandparents, who immigrated to the United States in 1920 and brought with them the family’s tradition of home winemaking.

The winery was born out of Mike’s move back to Philadelphia from New York City during the pandemic. He had been making wine at home as a hobby for more than a decade and pitched the idea to his brother to start one of the region’s first urban wineries.

The brothers are completely self-taught and they produce all of their wines from scratch. They control the entire winemaking process giving them control of the flavors, quality, and freshness of their wines.

On Thursday, August 25th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Gritty City Winery will be at Flanigan’s Boathouse and the Below Deck Bottle Shop offering a wine tasting to celebrate Gritty City being sold at the restaurant and bottle shop. There will be free samples of Gritty City’s Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec, plus bottles of the Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir will be available in the bottle shop. Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec will be available in the restaurant by the glass.

Gritty City Winery will be opening for retail purchases over Labor Day weekend at 1720 North 5th Street in the Olde Kensington section of Philadelphia. There will be four Gritty City wines available for retail bottle purchase, two house wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec, and two reserve wines in limited release, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc. The hours are Friday, September 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p,m. and Saturday, September 3rd from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The brothers shared that while they are starting city, they hope to pen a tasting room in Conshohocken eventually.

You can follow Gritty City Winery on Instagram and see the progress they made to open the winery.

Photo: Gritty City Winery