Naylor Wine Cellars was officially founded 41 years ago, in 1978, by Richard and Audrey Naylor. Winemaking started as a hobby of Mr. Naylor’s in the late 60’s. His interest in winemaking progressed and Richard and Audrey traveled all over the world visiting wineries and talking to the winemakers about their methods, and how to start their own winery in Pennsylvania. This wine knowledge has helped them throughout the decades as they built their Pennsylvania winery.
Over his long career in the wine industry, Mr. Naylor has been the Director of Wine America and President of the Pennsylvania Wine Association. He was an advocate for the Chambourcin grape being cultivated in the United States which is a major contribution to wine in America. He was recently recognized for his pioneering achievements by the American Wine Society. In November of 2013, they presented them with their highest honor, the Award of Merit, joining a long list of wine superstars, including Robert Mondavi and Konstantin Frank.
Naylor Wine Cellars has been perfecting its wine selection for over four decades so you can be assured of quality and delicious taste. Naylor wines are made in the vineyard. Come visit us and see where our estate wines are lovingly produced and bottled using traditions that date back to the 1800's.
York - Richard "Dick" Harvey Naylor entered into eternal rest on December 10, 2018 at 90 years young.
Dick was born on June 8, 1928 in York, Pennsylvania. Shortly after graduating from Glen Burnie High School, he met the love of his life, Audrey. They were married on June 2, 1951. In 1969, Dick and Audrey purchased a potato farm in Stewartstown and starting making plans for a vineyard. Together, they traveled the world visiting wineries and talking to winemakers about how they operate and which grapes to plant. They started planting grapes in 1975 and officially opened Naylor Wine Cellars in 1978.
Mr. Naylor has been recognized as a pioneer in the wine industry. He was influential in bringing the Chambourcin grape to America, Director of Wine America, President of the Pennsylvania Wine Association, President of the American Wine Society First Capital Chapter, member of the Society of Wine Educators, member of the South Eastern Grape Growers of Pennsylvania, and he also taught classes at Penn State about winemaking for 10 years.
In 2013, the American Wine Society presented him with the Award of Merit, their highest honor for a lifetime of achievements in the wine industry. He was also instrumental in helping other vineyards get started and was always willing to help in any way he could. He was an open book of information and spread his knowledge generously. He believed the wine industry was a community, not a competition.
With his packaging background, he founded Wine Packaging by Naylor and created and patented the Ultimate Wine Cradle™. He was a champion for big bands, his favorite genre of music, and kept it alive at his Summer Sounds concerts. He was the smiling face that greeted you as you walked into the winery tasting room and could be found serenading customers with "Danny Boy" and "Moon River".
YORK Audrey M. Naylor, 80, entered into eternal rest Monday, May 6, 2013, at York Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born June 1, 1932, on a farm in Somerset County.
After graduating from Somerset High School, came to York to study and graduate from Thompson Business College. During her college years she worked at the Capitol Theater in York selling movie tickets, and met Richard who lived across the street with his Aunt and Uncle. They married on June 2, 1951, waited one day after her 18th birthday, as her mother insisted she not marry until she was 18. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 2nd this year.
After marriage, Audrey was employed as a secretary at the Engineering office of Dentsply for many years, then executive secretary at Cor Box, Inc., and then in 1978 she, along with her husband, founded Naylor Wine Cellars, where she served as Vice President and Corporate Secretary up until the time of her death.
She was a member of the First Capital Chapter of the American Wine Society. Audrey, Rich, and family are members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in York. She was a member of a monthly ladies' card club for over 40 years, enjoyed family vacations to Chincoteague, Va., traveling, and visiting wineries worldwide.
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