Pennsylvania: Sale of Former Naylor Wine Property to Allegro Final
February 21, 2020
Owner/Winemaker Carl Helrich, Janey Potter (Dick Naylor's daughter), and Kris Miller (Carl's wife and business partner)
BROGUE, PA, February 21, 2020 – Nearly 1 year after announcing it entered into an agreement to purchase the former Naylor Wine Cellars property, Allegro Winery announced today that the sale is final.
With the passing of its founder, Dick Naylor, in December 2018, the Naylor family approached Carl Helrich, owner and winemaker at Allegro, about acquiring its property on Vineyard Road in Stewartstown.
“I was honored when Naylor approached me to talk about the possibility of purchasing the winery and vineyard,” said Helrich. “Naylor Wine Cellars has a storied history in our industry and in our community, and we are excited beyond words to be able to write the next chapter.”
Due to Allegro’s continued growth, Helrich said that Allegro will continue to operate at its current winery and tasting room in Brogue and use the Stewartstown facility to expand its production capabilities while at the same time being able to offer Allegro wines to a wider audience.
“When I came to Allegro in 2001, I was stepping into the shoes of John Crouch, who at the time had made some of the most remarkable wines on the East coast,” Helrich stated. “Now that Allegro is poised to expand, I am reminded of how we came to this point. Dick Naylor was a legend in our industry, and these are huge shoes to fill. Having been in a similar situation when we purchased Allegro, no one knows this better than I: we are only here because we stand on the shoulders of giants.”
Since September, Allegro has operated a tasting room in Stewartstown that will continue to be open for wine tasting and sales. The outdoor covered pavilion on the property, renamed Naylor Pavilion in tribute to Naylor, will serve as a wedding venue and host a variety of events.
“We can't wait to continue on the strong family tradition that Naylor Wine Cellars has been about for the past forty years,” Helrich added. “We'll be bringing our own community to Stewartstown, but we'll be carrying on the Naylor family tradition with good wine, vines, music, and hospitality.”
Allegro Winery’s original Brogue location continues to be open for wine tasting and sales. The Stewartstown location will be referred to as Allegro Winery Stewartstown and will have a production facility alongside the tasting room and events calendar including the popular Summer Sounds concerts.