Heritage Vineyards is a family owned and operated estate vineyard and winery located in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. Mullica Hill is located in the heart of the Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (AVA), which covers over 2.25 million acres in Southeastern New Jersey. Recently named New Jersey’s “Winery of the Year” by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, Heritage has begun cementing it’s self as a benchmark producer in New Jersey’s largest wine growing region.
Heritage Vineyard’s flagship red blend, BDX, received 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute, the highest score this publication has ever awarded to a red wine from New Jersey. Cultivation of grapes began when Heritage Vineyards was established in 1999 by Bill and Penni Heritage.
Seeing the potential of the emerging wine industry in Southern New Jersey, Bill Heritage, with the help of his wife Penni, started converting their 150 acre estate of peach & apple orchards into vineyards. The winemaking team lead by Sean Comninos, consults with John Levenberg who is responsible for producing 23 wines rated 90+ points by Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate), including two 100-point wines. Bill and Penni have established Heritage Vineyards to fulfill their commitment to six generations of farming the same property. Their goal is to produce premier wines that reflect their commitment to the land and will be a legacy to future generations.
There is a certain sense of unparalleled fulfillment and purpose that comes from seeing the fruits of one’s labors literally grown from the ground up. This is the driving force that would propel Adrian Mobilia back to his roots, and inspire he and his wife, Shannon, to open Fenwick Wine Cellars.
Mobilia is a fourth generation farmer, growing up on the shores of Lake Erie, an area of Pennsylvania rich in the traditions of agriculture. He was raised on his family’s 200-acre farm that consisted mainly of different varieties of grapes, apples, cherries, and peaches. Mobilia learned the family trade early, and enjoyed it so much, that he would continue on to study horticulture at Penn State. When Mobilia left the farm for college in the mid 90’s, the family business was well on its way to what would become the next successful venture. In 1980, they had already begun pressing their own grapes, and by 1989, the juice was going direct to wineries. The wheels were then set into motion for the Mobilia family to open their own winery.
Working alongside his father Nick, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Pinot Grigio, and Merlot grapes, to the already existing varieties, Adrian Mobilia helped the family winery come to fruition. In 1999 the first bottle of the Mobilia family winery was produced, bottled as Arrowhead Wine Cellars. The winery added another facet to the already existing strong family legacy of farming.
At Fenwick Wine Cellars, the roots do indeed run deep. The Mobilia’s invite you in, to be a part of something that has been grown for generations, from the ground up.
Welcome to Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery, where two brothers brought a little touch of their home country, Italy, to a small town that they are Pizzadili Welcomeproud to call home–Felton, Delaware. In the heart of Felton, these brothers have created a heaven on earth, similar to many of the vineyards in Italy. Here you will take pleasure not only in the delectable wines but in the beauty of the vineyard itself, which includes acres and acres of grape vines, fruit trees, and lush farmland. The vineyard is the ideal place for you to book your wedding, party, special event, or even just relax and enjoy some wine tasting and a tour of the facility.
Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery can make your event a dream come true. We are the ideal location for your event needs and we will cater to both large and small groups. If you are interested in a private dinner party or even a large festival on the grounds, Pizzadili Vineyard & Winery is the place for your event.
On the grounds, there is a pavilion that will seat 400 people and can be used with or without sides, depending on your needs. This pavilion can be utilized for a casual picnic or an elegant wedding. Pavillion with tent sides
If you are looking to hold an event inside the winery, there is a long dining room that will seat up to 70 people and a room called “Bacchus Cave” that will seat up to approximately 35 people. “Bacchus Cave” is a quaint room that provides a special wine-cellar setting for your intimate event. For those of you who don’t know, Bacchus is the Greek God of Wine, therefore it is fitting that in this room there are barrels of our wine.
Bacchus CavePizzadili Winery not only holds events but is also inviting to others who wish to enjoy a wine tasting and tour with family and friends.
The winery is open every day from noon to 5 pm.
Our wine tasting and winery tours are available daily during hours of operation; however, you must call ahead for a tour. A wine tasting is $5.00 which includes a Pizzadili Winery wine glass to bring home with you.
Please feel free to look at all of the wine-related items that are for sale in our gift shop. There is something there for everyone!
Pizzadili Winery is proud to say that we grow our grapes and make all of our wines on the premises. We have a wonderful variety of wines and we are certain that you will find at least one that you will enjoy. Below is a list of all of the wines that we have available at Pizzadili Winery. And remember if you aren’t sure which one you will like, come by for a wine tasting! We would love to see you!
Nassau Valley Vineyards is the first and only award winning winery in the state of Delaware.
Founded in 1987, our vineyards were the first commercial wine vineyards to exist in the “First” state. Peg Raley and her father, Bob Raley founded the vineyards on a family farm site just outside of historic Lewes, Delaware.
Peg got her start in the wine business working for Les Amis du Vin International and The Friends of Wine magazine. After several years of globe trotting for the publication she decided it was time to stop writing about other people’s wines and start making wines in Delaware. Delaware’s laws prohibited farm wineries, so Peg drafted legislation and lobbied the Delaware General Assembly to create Farm Winery legislation for the state. The law passed in 1991. The Raley’s opened Nassau Valley Vineyards in October of 1993.
Our vineyards are comprised of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. We use other regionally grown fruit to produce the 14 wines in our product line. We purchase grapes and fruit from growers on the eastern shore and supplement with other regionally grown fruit.
Through the 1980′s and early ’90′s the Valenzano family grew grapes and made wine as a hobby on their 7-acre farm in Shamong township. After a decade of sharing wine with friends and neighbors, Tony Valenzano and his 2 sons, Anthony & Mark decided to convert their hobby into a small business. In 1996 Valenzano Winery became Burlington County’s first winery.
Valenzano’s first vintage was small but sold well. ”In 1996 we produced about 1,200 gallons of wine, and thought that was a significant amount”, said Mark Valenzano. Valenzano Winery has since then acquired 2 new farms/vineyards as their vineyards, and winemaking presence expanded year after year. 15 years after their inception Valenzano Wines has become a top sold brand in wine stores throughout New Jersey and is clearly recognized as a leader in east-coast winemaking & viticulture.
In 2006 Valenzano Winery became the first winery to win the coveted Governor’s Cup Wine Award 2-years-in-a-row for the same varietal. Valenzano Wines have been highly reviewed in the NY Times and by many national and local wine experts. In 2010 Valenzano Winery hit its 10th year of a minimum of 50% growth. In 2011 the winery produced and sold 88,000 gallons of wine which ranked them as the 2nd largest producer in New Jersey – quickly approaching the #1 spot.
” We believe that the success of our brand is due to the fact that we don’t get too caught up in meaningless accolades and ‘group think’ regarding wine. We make wines that are original, of the highest quality at affordable pricing. Valenzano is known for setting trends – not copying them! We also produce a line of Specialty Wines that have introduced an entirely new generation and market of people to wines. Our customers appreciate the efforts we put into our winery and they know that we are the type of business who will do what is necessary to keep our customers happy”, says Anthony Valenzano.
The commitment to customer service has gone as far as offering a 99.9% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, where anyone, for any reason, can return a bottle of Valenzano Wine to the winery for a full refund or exchange if they didn’t enjoy the wine. ””We have a full selection of wines in our tasting room. We don’t guarantee that everyone will like every wine we produce, but we are certain that can find anyone a wine selection they are sure to enjoy.”
When asked what about the other 0.01% Anthony Valenzano smiles and says “.01% of people prefer to be unsatisfied, so technically we are giving them what they want as well” Its this refreshing politically incorrect humor that makes Valenzano Winery stand out from the competition.
Valenzano’s non-traditional feel and unorthodox take on the wine industry is what attracts so many new wine drinkers to their winery and tasting room. Nobody wants to visit a hoity-tooty wine tasting where the wine tender makes you feel uninformed and uneducated. At Valenzano Winery the tasting room staff will answer basic questions about the wine, take you on an informal walk through the winery, and admit that the key to enjoying wine and food is to, “find a wine you like, find a food you like, and most importantly find a person you ‘like’ that you can share them with. We leave our competitors the chore of over-thinking wine into more than it should be”, says Tony Valenzano.
Valenzano’s goals moving forward are to expand our vineyards and our commitment to south Jersey agriculture while developing new wines and tastes for our loyal customers. Anthony Valenzano emphasizes, “Our new winery technology, processing & packaging equipment have helped us to increase quality while at the same time reducing costs.” This is a savings which they are happy to pass onto their customers. Valenzano Winery encourages family and friends to visit for a complimentary wine tasting where visitors can relax in their tasting room with great wine and stimulating conversation.
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We are proud to announce our new name, Working Dog Winery!
For those who have been to our vineyard, you have almost certainly been greeted by one of our faithful 4-legged companions though the years. In honor of these hard-working good-natured best friends, we are pleased to introduce our new name! Come visit us soon and often as we introduce our new Working Dog labels!
Same great wines from the Garden State
Nestled in the rolling terrain of Mercer County, New Jersey, Working Dog Winery was founded in 2001 to create high quality wines that celebrate the Garden State. At Working Dog, we believe the unique terroir of central New Jersey produces grapes with distinct flavor characteristics capable of making exciting wines. The fruits of our labor are hand crafted into rich and full-bodied wines. We welcome you to explore our site to learn more about Working Dog Winery.
Tasting is believing
You can experience the quality of our wines first-hand and enjoy a tour of our vineyard by visiting our winery. Already know what you’re looking for? Our wines are available at select New Jersey restaurants and fine wine shops too!
Take a look at our tasting notes section to learn more about each wine, and how to pair them with food. Want to hear it straight from the winemaker? Follow this link for videos of Mark explaining how to sample wine, what to look for, and how to make the right choice for your meal.
Welcome to THE ENOTECA, the Garden State’s own European-style vineyard wine bar. Visit Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery each weekend for a glass of wine, a gelato, and to relax in The Enoteca. Great wine, great food, great music and great atmosphere!
Spend an afternoon enjoying the sunshine among the vines in The Enoteca’s courtyard or cozy up to our new fireplace. Hang out for a great live musical performance LIVE! From the Vineyard Stage that evening.
We are just off a quiet road that rolls through acres of pasture and farmland in a beautifully unexpected corner of the Garden State. The Enoteca is relaxed and stylish and is a quick and easy escape to the country from the suburbs and the city. You might not believe how close we are to where you are right now…
We are located on 46 Yard Rd, Pennington NJ, 08534Our mission is to provide a beautiful and relaxing environment to taste world class wines, enjoy friends, and create lasting memories!
Moore Brothers Wine Company is unique – we source our wines directly, working with artisan winegrowers in France, Italy, and Germany. We have stores in New Jersey, Delaware, and New York City, and represent nearly 150 artisan producers.Helping our customers find world-class wines for the way they really live.Moore Brothers Wine Company is unique – we source our wines directly, working with artisan winegrowers in France, Italy, and Germany.
Our personal relationships with these growers, and our integrated, temperature-controlled distribution model provides our customers with traditional, authentic, and natural wines that taste here in the US, exactly as they taste at the winery.
Amwell Valley Vineyard was established in 1978 by Michael and Elsa Fisher. Dr. Michael Fisher is a Distinguished Senior Scientist at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, N.J. and was a recipient of the 1987 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award. Michael Fisher is the President of Amwell Valley Vineyard and his son, Jeffrey Fisher is the Vice President and owner with his wife Debra.
Dr. Fisher after reading an article in Scientific American about the various grape growing regions in the world contacted one of the contributing authors, Philip Wagner of Boordy Vineyards in Maryland. Under the tutelage of Mr. Wagner, the Fishers planted various types of French/American hybrid vines. After their first harvest, they set about experimenting with various fermentation formulations to determine the best method for producing dry, French-style wines.
Dr. Fisher, along with three other associates, set out to overturn the somewhat archaic wine laws of New Jersey. This was successfully accomplished with the help of Congresswoman Barbara McConnell, who introduced and got passed into law the Farm Winery Act of 1981. Amwell Valley Vineyard was the first New Jersey Winery licensed on August 31, 1982, under the Farm Winery Act.
Amwell Valley Vineyard is situated on a 30 acre farm on which the Fisher home is located. The winery which is in a cement block building at the left of the entrance road was built from the ground up and incorporates state of the art stainless steel fermentation and bulk storage equipment from Europe and the United States. All of the crushing and destemming processes occur on the exterior of the winery building. Further down the drive on the right hand side is the tasting room, office, tax paid room and bonded area. The view out of the etched glass windows is of the surrounding vineyards and the largely unspoiled and undeveloped valley stretching a couple of miles to the row of large hills called the Sourland Mountain Range.
Directly across from the tasting room is a newly constructed building that houses the next stage of expansion to the ever increasing presence of Amwell Valley Vineyard wines. Due to the demand experienced by the winery we have installed in the new facilities a fully automated bottling line, offices and a multi-purpose room to be used for any occasion. The state of the art GAI 1502 EL filler-corker and the OMB ET 2C/DC auto-capsuler and pressure sensitive labeler are the latest examples of the desire to manufacture and provide the very best wines for our loyal customers. In our multi-purpose room we have placed 6 large plate glass windows and a deck that runs the full span of the building in order to take advantage of the view of the vineyard and valley during the ever changing seasons.
They currently produce 19 types of wine from both French vinifera, French/American hybrids and fruit trees which are grown on approximately 15 acres. All of our wines are grown, produced and bottled by our winery.
Our wines are marketed only in the state of New Jersey. Most of our sales are from our tasting room at the vineyard. They are open for tours and tastings 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, and at other times by appointment. The recently added decks to the side of our tasting room and multi-purpose building, which overlooks the vineyard and the Amwell Valley, is ideally suited for picnics and social events. They welcome inquiries for wine and cheese parties and are happy to arrange these and other events to suit individual requirements. Private labeling is available for all occasions.
They have five retail outlets, located at The Old River House in Clinton, La Casa Bianca in Whitehouse Station, Basilico in Millburn, The Cliffdale Inn in Port Murray and Carretino in Hillsborough. They also have one joint outlet with Unionville Vineyards at Max’s Bistro in Flemington. Awareness of the quality of New Jersey Farm Wineries is helped by wine festivals held by the Garden State Winegrowers Association in the Spring, Summer and Fall each year at various winery locations.
Cape May Winery has grown over the past two decades to produce some of South Jersey’s most distinguished wines. Our vineyard encompasses over four different vineyards, containing over 70 acres, from which we produce over 16 different varieties of grapes. Through the years, Cape May Winery has become one of Cape May’s top tourist attractions. We invite you to come and experience our winery with a visit to one of our three tasting rooms, sit on our charming deck, taking in the breathtaking views our one of our vineyards or go on a winery tour, where novice and experienced wine drinkers learn from grapes to bottle how our local wine is made. Get a behind the scenes look at our wine-making operation. Walk through the vineyard and then sample a soon to be released wine right from the barrel. Come and see what makes the Cape May area such a premier grape growing region. From Cape May’s sandy soil to mild climate, our grapes have the ideal temperature in which to grow.
Our overall wine production includes a variety of whites and reds which range from dry to sweet wine. Our main focus is on the viniferous grapes including some wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Chardonnay. Our blended wines, both dry and sweet, really hit the mark with our customers.
Our Signature white wine is our Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, which is aged in French oak for over 16 months. The soft buttery flavors of vanilla ready the palette for a seductive experience which then finishes with a crisp dry fruitiness that is “shore” to please.
Our goal is to find a wine for each person’s preference. We produce over 20 different styles of wine and when you experience a tasting; our professional wine associates guide you to find the perfect match for your drinking preference. Of course, we encourage tasting a variety of wines as your palette changes over time and you may actually enjoy something you would not have tried before.
Unionville Vineyards is a collection of four farms with over 300 acres of preserved farmland and is currently operated by a group of local landowners deeply committed to growing the finest grapes, preserving the pristine rural landscape, the tradition of sustainable land use, the local community, and the craft of artisan winemaking.
Visit our history page to learn more about the history of the vineyard, our shop to learn more about individual wines, and our tasting room to experience our delicious wines.
Turdo Vineyards is a family owned and run operation. It all begins with Sal, he is the owner, as well as master wine maker. His vision, commitment, and determination is what turned just over 5 acres of woods he purchased over ten years ago, into a very successful fully operational vineyard and winery. It took a lot work and time, not only from Sal, but from his family to make Turdo Vineyards what it has become. His wife Sara, and son Luca have been behind Sal, helping him from the beginning.
His elegant wife Sara, who you will most likely see in the tasting room showcasing her husband’s latest vintages, has been helping and supporting Sal since day one. Whether it’s pouring wine for customer tasting, or helping hand pick grapes during harvest season, Sara is there helping in every way she can.
Luca, Sal’s son, is also his right hand man, assisting Sal in the winemaking process, as well as tending to the vineyard. Luca also handles the vineyard’s marketing and public relations, as well as designing all the wine labels. Like Sara, Luca has been helping his father from the start of his endeavor, hand digging the vineyard’s first holes and planting the first vines. Whether it’s filtering wine, washing barrels, bottling the wine, picking grapes, or helping his mother in the tasting room, Luca lends a hand wherever it’s needed.
All the work and time needed to establish any successful business is extensive, but what makes this story extra special is that this was all done on a part-time basis. The Turdo family has been living in North Jersey for the past 23 years. They have been making the weekend trek to Cape May for over ten years. Sal was a successful electrical contractor before becoming a licensed electrical inspector in 3 towns in North Jersey. He inspects three days a week, and on most Wednesday nights, he and his wife Sara, make the three hour journey down to other end of the state.
Rightfully so, all the hard work paid off, and Turdo Vineyards has emerged as New Jersey’s finest winery. It has been honored with many honors and medals from various prestigious international wine competitions. Many newspapers including The Bergen Record, The Star Ledger, and Atlantic City Press have written articles on Sal and Sara. About their success, what they have accomplished, and Sal’s dream coming true. Most recently Turdo Vineyards was named best Wine Shop in Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of The Shore 2010 and was also featured on ABC 6 News – FYI Philly as seen below
Owners Joan Schaming and Ronald Williams opened Balic of Clinton the late Fall of 2004, with a vision of creating a unique Wine Boutique in the quaint, historic Town of Clinton in Hunterdon County NJ.
Balic of Clinton features over 20 wines from Balic Winery of Mays Landing. Reds, whites, semi-sweets as well as six fruit wines (Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry, Mango, Raspberry and Pomegranate) are offered for tasting everyday.
In June 2012, they moved their shop to a new location at 20 Main Street to bring this winetasting experience to the heart of Town and within 1/2 block or less access to local BYOB restaurants.
Wine tasting is not the only feature of Balic of Clinton…gourmet foods, olive oils, specialty teas and fine chocolates add to the culinary fineries. Recently Balic of Clinton became a KEURIG Retailer with a full line of KEURIG products and coffees.
Balic of Clinton also offers the largest selection of wine accessories in the area including wine decanters and crystal, wine aerators, electric wine openers, wine totes and picnic baskets/backpacks as well as other wine necessities.
Gift baskets (custom and pre-made) and personalized labeling add to the special experience at Balic of Clinton.
We invite you to come and enjoy experience!
The Cape May peninsula has a unique climate. For the tender European wine grapes (Vitis vinifera), the Mid-Atlantic region is hostile: too cold, too humid, and too rainy. But lower Cape May’s climate is moderated by two large bodies of water, the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. The configuration and climate parallels a famous French wine-growing region, the Bordeaux, which lies between the Atlantic and the lower Gironde River. Like the the area known as the Medoc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc do very well in this climate
The spirit of independence is alive and well, nestled in the Village of Finesville, New Jersey. A great deal has changed here in the last twenty years. We have created a recognizable style of wine making which borrows from the past, looks to the future, and emulates the finest wineries in the world. It all starts in the vineyard, with our firm belief in minimal-impact, renewable viticulture, and follows through to the store shelf. This commitment breathes life into our work and guides what we do as partners in this exercise in excellence. Our mission is to offer honest craftsmanship, inherent value, and unmatched service. Our goal is to be recognized by the discerning consumer as a producer of quality wines. We would like to personally extend an invitation to you, your family, and friends to come experience our vision at Alba Vineyard.
(Egg Harbor City, NJ) – Nearly a century and a half old, Renault Winery is a recognized New Jersey State Historical site and one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the United States. Like a fine varietal, the winery has continued to grow, develop and improve with age. The winery’s story begins in Europe, with one man and a tiny, sap-eating insect. Master Vintner Louis Nicholas Renault was a representative of the ancient champagne house of the Duke of Montebello in Rheims, France when Europe was hit by the greatest disaster in the history of wine. The accidental introduction of phylloxera, a parasitic aphid, in the mid 1800s nearly destroyed France’s entire wine industry. In 1855, Renault set sail for the new world with hopes of saving his vines and establishing a vineyard free of the insect that had ravished the vines of Western Europe. Renault’s first attempt at an American vineyard took place in California. To his dismay, phylloxera also destroyed the root systems of his Californian grapes. It was then that Renault learned of a native American grape that grew on the east coast, a grape with a natural resistance to certain pests and disease.
And so, Renault headed for southern New Jersey, where this miracle grape was rumored to thrive. Finding a climate and soil similar to that which he knew in France, Renault decided to settle and establish his own vineyard. In 1864 he purchased land in the Egg Harbor area, and by 1870 he had introduced his New Jersey Champagne. Renault Winery quickly gained notoriety, winning prizes for its wines and becoming the largest distributor of champagne in the United States. This winery’s success even earned Egg Harbor the moniker of “Wine City.”
It was a growth even Prohibition could not hold back. In 1919 John D’Agostino and family bought the winery and continued to operate during the fourteen years of Prohibition under a special government permit. This permit allowed the production of wines for religious and medicinal purposes. Renault Wine Tonic, which had an alcoholic content of 22 percent, became the chief product and was sold in drug stores throughout the nation. A label warned “not to chill the tonic, as it would turn into wine which is illegal.”
When John D’Agostino died in 1948, his sister Maria assumed responsibility for Renault. Having a talent for design, she made a showplace of the old winery by building the current chateau style hospitality house. In 1966 she added the wineglass museum to display her impressive collection of wineglass art, which dated back as far as the thirteenth century. In 1968 Universal Foods, a worldwide food distributor, acquired the winery and operated the facility until 1974 when MCC Presidential, a New Jersey based investment group, assumed ownership. In 1977, after a period of decline, it was purchased by the current owner, Joseph P. Milza.
Today, Milza, a former newspaper owner and publisher, owns and operates the winery and vineyards with his family. Under his direction, the winery has thrived and become one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Jersey and a favorite of local residents. Renault Winery offers a gourmet restaurant, catering for banquets and weddings and historic winery tours. In 2001, Milza built The Tuscany House, a 50-room hotel with old world décor. The Tuscany House is also home to conference facilities and Joseph’s Restaurant, a European style dining room. October 2004 saw the addition of Vineyard Golf, an 18-hole championship golf course .
At Villa Milagro Vineyards we are committed to preserving the earth for its current and future generations. Hard labor replaces agricultural chemicals – for example we use hoes to remove weeds under vines instead of dousing them with herbicides. Proprietor, Steve Gambino, is a genius at building equipment to help save our backs. His multi-purpose mower-edger-flamer is a “one-of-kind” device for mowing, triming the edge of the rows and removing weeds from under the vines. It is really cool to see the flames in the night sky.
When he is not wrangling the tractor, Steve is Director of BNI (Business Network Int’l) for northern New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania and owner of Milagro Associates, a real estate and commercial finance company. Watching him race up and down the vineyard rows is evidence of his past as a formula race car driver.
Learn more about Steve at http://www.stevegambino.com.
Steve is assisted by his lovely wife, Audrey, who serves as vineyard hand and winemaker. Her doctoral degree in nutrition and wine making credential both from the University of California helps with the chemistry while her upbringing as a farmer’s daughter helps with the attitude about doing manual labor!
Dr. Audrey is author of numerous books, a former television show host and one of the most quoted nutritionist in the country. She teaches our Bride’s Basics cooking courses and shares our lives with you via her blog, “Vine Posts.”
Hello and welcome to our site! We are two Northern Virginia-based wine and road trippin’ enthusiasts. The goal is to visit every winery in our beloved home state…all 140 (and counting) of them!
What is Wine Cruisers? Not a company that offers wine tasting on a ship…although that would be sweet, and I’m sure there’s a few out there! It’s a concept born from a couple’s passion for road trips, good wine, and beautiful scenery to go with said wine. We’re a big fan of epic backdrops…that’s Yosemite National Park behind us in the photo. And you better believe we had some wine with us! I’m Colleen, on the left, and Andrew is on the right. I work for the federal government (is there any other occupation around here?) and he is a web designer (hence this awesome site layout and stunning photography, if I do say so myself)!
Neither of us are what you would call “wine snobs.” Until fairly recently, anything beyond our local 7-eleven was considered out of our league. But we always enjoyed a nice glass of vino to slow down the pace of our hectic lives. It wasn’t until stumbling upon some local wineries on a few of our random road trips, eventually planning “itineraries” for our friends, that we realized we had a bona fide hobby on our hands. We loved the way that Virginia’s neighborhood vintners took advantage of the natural resources to redefine local agriculture, taking a stab at planting vines in an environment that’s not particularly conducive to growing them. But dang it, it Thomas Jefferson started it, they were gonna finish it!
I always knew that in my lifetime, it would be cool to visit all vineyards in Virginia. It’s feasible, but something that could turn into quite an expedition. After all, it takes a longer time for us to drive from our urban DC-area metropolis to Virginia Tech than it does to get to New York City. But the diversity of Virginia’s landscapes are just the cure for our need to “reset” and get out of town every once a while. And since every one of the state’s regions has different and exciting vinifera to offer, how can we afford to pass that up?
There’s no telling how long it will take to meet our goal, especially since the number of wineries here seems to be growing exponentially. As a matter of fact, we’re currently the 7th largest wine producing state in the Union (http://www.virginiawine.org/learn FTW)! But the everlasting natural beauty and our insatiable thirst for the new, interesting, and beautiful should make this a fun ride.
We are planning on adding our very own map, along with a recap of the places we’ve been to. While all of them have something special going on, some are worth more of a drive than others. We like good wine, which doesn’t always mean expensive and posh. The atmosphere and friendliness of the places we go are just as important.
Tomorrow we are planning on staying local, with stops in and around Leesburg, VA. Full debriefing to follow! Until then, feel free to poke around our work in progress. Sláinte! Colleen
owner photo clickSINCE ITS BEGINNING, SYLVIN FARMS WINERY HAS BEEN dedicated to New Jersey agriculture. In 1976, when conventional wisdom said “plant American or hybrid varieties,”Sylvin Farms
Winery made a commitment to the European vinifera grapes.
The original vines were grafted in 1976 and planted in 1977.
Over the years many different varieties of vinifera have been
planted. The successful varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon
Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Rkatziteli, Riesling and Muscat Ottonel) are
thriving. The fact that some varieties have not grown successfully
has not deterred Sylvin Farms Winery from continuing its field trials
of different varieties. Years ago, two rows each of Viognier, Semillion and Shiraz were planted. A row of Corvina was also planted.
Sylvin Farms Winery expanded its planting of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. In addition,
we planted a Spanish variety called Tempranillo. This is an early ripening red variety and,
if successful, its wine will be available this year. The Italian varieties, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Sangiovese and Corvina that were planted several years ago, are producing a limited crop which is being made into wine. All the Italian varieties are blended together
and the resulting wine is called Accozzaglia, which means “medley” in Italian, as in musical medley. This is our medley of Italian grapes. Accozzaglia, Shiraz and Viognier will be available at the Garden State Wine Growers Association this year.
We planted a clone of Sauvignon Blanc that will add dimension to our Sauvignon Blanc.
The clone is Sauvignon Musque. At the same time we expanded our planting of Viognier. These varieties grew well and we expect that they will continue to do so this year. We
planted more Viognier, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera. This will bring our vineyard to
more than ten acres.
In keeping with our support of New Jersey agriculture, Sylvin Farms Winery has always poured New Jersey wines at the Garden State Wine Growers Association festivals. We will also continue to do so in the future.
The wines are made in limited quantities. We continue to experiment, including with the use of French Nevers Oak and American Oak barrels for aging.
The wines are sold at the winery, by subscription, or at one of several outlets. The wine maker’s favorites vary among Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Blanc de Noir and Chardonnay.
Visitors are welcome, but please call for an appointment.