Tackitt Family Vineyards Makes a Difference for Combat Veterans

When consumers buy Boulder Crest Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a fine wine—and make a contribution to an outstanding facility that supports veterans who have fought for our country.

tackitt-bouldLeon Tackitt, owner and co-founder with his wife Cindy of Tackitt Family Vineyards in San Miguel, Calif., came up with the idea for the wine with a mission.

A retired lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who specialized in the dangerous practice of disarming bombs through Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Tackitt and his vineyard have raised thousands of dollars for the EOD Warriors Foundation with the Tackitts’ EOD Cellars Wines and Warriors Helping Warriors events.

Proceeds from the Boulder Crest label support the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia, which is the nation's first privately funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to our country's combat veterans and their families.

The Winning Boulder Crest Retreat Label

In 2015, the Boulder Crest Retreat wine label was in the limelight when it won Best in Show at the Central Coast Wine Competition, topping more than 2,000 wine label entries.

“We at Tackitt Family Vineyards, Boulder Crest Retreat, and our designers were looking for a military look and a classy feel for our label, something that would pop out on the shelf,” said Leon.

“Our experience with Labeltronix has been wonderful. Labeltronix took a beautiful design and made the label come to life with great color and texture. Due to the hard work of many, the Boulder Crest Retreat label won, and the feedback from our distributors and customers is amazing.”

“The quality is top notch, when you feel that label—embossed—it feels like there’s something there,” Leon said. He described Labeltronix as “Johnny on the spot” for any questions that arise. “If you want quality work and good customer service, go to Labeltronix.”

A Winery On a Mission

Leon and his wife Cindy spent a decade planning and opening the winery, which they were able to accomplish after his retirement from a 28-year-old career in the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal community.

Their winemaking roots go back to Tackitt’s grandfather, who planted about 30 Gewurztraminer vines that he had brought from Germany.  Although that winemaking was not commercial in nature, Leon realized there were possibilities in those vines.

Leon speaks with pride and passion about Boulder Crest Retreat, which is for combat veterans and their families in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

“It’s run by a husband and wife who donated 37 acres of their own land to set up this retreat with four beautiful cabins and a lodge for combat veterans and their families to rest and reconnect,” Leon said.

In addition, combat veterans can participate in the Warrior PATHH journey focused on the concepts of posttraumatic growth and harnessing the inherent strength of our nation’s warriors while preparing for their return from combat and in to civilian life.

“There’s no other organization in the United States focused on this posttraumatic growth approach,” said Leon, whose efforts have been featured in Wine Business. “Boulder Crest Retreat will release a report on the results of this work later this year, and we are very excited to share the results.”

For more information, or to donate, visit the Boulder Crest Retreat website. To receive a sample of the Boulder Crest Retreat Label, contact us.

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