My grandfather left Italy in 1912 destined for America and in search of a better life. After passing
through Ellis Island he headed north and settled in the Branchville section of Ridgefield, Connecticut.
With money earned from working in a local wire mill he purchased property and opened a general store.
My Grandmother joined him from Italy and they soon started a family. My father, Nazzareno, was the first
born followed by my Uncle Joe, Aunt Phylis and Uncle John. As their family grew so did their business.
When prohibition ended the wine and liquor section of the general store had to become a business of its
own and Ancona’s Wines & Liquors was born. After my Grandfathers passing my father took charge of the
wine shop and my uncles and aunt watched over the food store.
In 1980, my father with help from my
mother Carol, moved the store from its original 500 square foot location to its current 4000 square
foot building. Moving to the larger location enabled us to increase our selections.
We currently stock
more than 2600 wines from over a dozen countries, over 500 beers from around the globe and over 150
different single malt scotches.
My wife, Deb, and I continue to carry on the family tradition by offering
great selections at fair prices with unbeatable customer service.