Hard-nosed North Haven coach Tony Sagnella has a softer side; family has wine-making tradition

(WTNH)–North Haven has become a state title contender under head coach Tony Sagnella, who is building a tradition of winning football. Sagnella is passionate about the sport, his family, and also making wine.

Football has been in Sagnella’s family for years, but wine has been around for generations.

The two have distinct similarities.

“There’s a lot of care and detail that goes into the preparation, and the finished product is a result of your hard work,” Sagnella said.

Around this time every year, during the heart of the high school football season, Sagnella aassembles his other team.

“It’s a family thing and it brings family together. Doing this every year is worth it,” he said.

His wine-making family is a blend of blood, marriage and long-time friendships. Aged and perfected like the grape.

One thing that always seeps out are good memories. Sagnella Family Wines is at least three generations deep–maybe more. His grandfather brought it over from Italy in 1912, and from father to son, it trickled down.

“It became a tradition, my intent was to pass it on and it did catch on,” Sagnella’s father said.

“It takes me back to the basement of the first house I grew up in and I remember my grandparents being in there,” Tony said. “We would sit around the barrel and pluck the berries off the vine, and that was a job for all the children.”

His father said it’s heartwarming to see it passed on.

Check out the video above.

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