New Castle News

September 5, 2013

Bottoms up! Winery to open in New Wilmington

Nancy Lowry
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — New Wilmington’s first winery will open Friday, just in time for the borough’s 150th anniversary celebration.

The Fractured Grape Wine Cellars Winery at 115-A Neshannock Ave. will offer patrons the opportunity to kick back and enjoy a glass of wine in a casual atmosphere, owner Walter Novosel said. They’ll eventually be able to enjoy wine parings with desserts or tapas from neighboring Tavern on the Square restaurant, he added.

The winery will open daily at 11:30 a.m. On Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays it will close at 5:30 p.m. but will remain open until 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Opening a winery in the dry community of New Wilmington was not that difficult a task.

“I knew of other dry towns that had wineries, so I asked how they did it,” Novosel said. “It turns out that a liquor license regulates the sales of malt beverages, such as beer, or distilled spirits, such as whiskey. Wine is neither. No license is required to sell it.”

The winery is a progression of Novosel’s business plan.

About a year ago, he and his wife, Dr. Katie Novosel, opened Nova Cellars Winery at 5253 Old Pulaski Road, Pulaski.

Initially open by appointment, it is managed by Walt’s father, Jerry Novosel, and now open on weekends.

The positive reception of that establishment caused Walt and Katie to consider a second location. This one reflects Katie’s interests in the medical field. She recently joined the family medical practice of Dr. Aaron Listopad in West Middlesex.

The couple discovered wine culture while she was on her medical rotation in California. They followed up with visits to Pennsylvania wine country around Erie.

In 2006, Walt began experimenting with winemaking. Friends and family urged him to take the next step and open a winery.

“From the start, our goal was to create a place where people can sit, relax and enjoy a glass of wine.”

He said he does not yet grow his own grapes. Most come from Erie and around Presque Isle, he noted.

The couple also wants to give back to the community.

A portion of the sale of each glass or bottle sold will be donated to an organization or charity, national or local charities.

Seven wines from dry to sweet and fruity will be served.

The Tavern’s owners, Susan and Joe Hougelman, are partnering with the Novosels.

They said wines from the Fractured Grape will be available to be served with dinners at the restaurant.

In addition, the Hougelmans plan to open a bakery in the building between the winery and restaurant. Patrons will be able to sit in the common area between the two businesses and have dessert and tapas paired with wines.

Susan Hougelman anticipates the bakery will open by the end of the month, “to take advantage of the lovely fall weather.”

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)