Another Open Source Winery

by Tim Elliott on January 12, 2007

The Glider: A Universal Hacker EmblemI’ve written in the past about how Stormhoek pioneered the open source, hacker ethic in the wine trade via blogging and smart marketing. Another winery has been doing much the same thing, but in a slightly different way for the past 14 months: the Capozzi Family Winery.

Proprietor Josh Hermsmeyer has open sourced nearly everything since he started Pinotblogger in late 2005. Along the way he’s involved the community in naming the winery, label design and, most recently, his tasting room. I think this is the future of wine marketing and look forward to visiting the winery sometime next year after it is built.

This is historic stuff folks and I recommend you not only check it out but to subscribe and read each post. Great work, Josh.

  • http://www.pinotblogger.com Josh

    That’s high praise indeed. I wouldn’t even consider equating what we’re doing with real hackers have accomplished, and I think most commercial ventures don’t really even qualify, but I’m nonetheless flattered.

    Thanks for the kind words and support Tim!

  • http://winecast.net Tim

    Don’t sell yourself short, Josh. I think what you are doing is as significant as our friends at Stormhoek. Sure, it’s on a different scale, but what you are doing will be as successful IMO.

  • http://www.inertiabev.com Paul Mabray

    Josh,
    We agree with Tim 100% – you are doing a great job.

    Inertia – Powering the Wine Revolution

    —Paul Mabray

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