Unionville Vineyards

Unionville Vineyards Wine Review

About

Make it a long weekend...or a mid-week getaway. Spend some time relaxing in the valley of the Sourlands. Escape from the everyday. Come out to Unionville Vineyards for wine tasting and a picnic. Visit the antique shops of New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Lambertville, New Jersey, explore the quaint New Jersey towns of Hopewell and Flemington, and taste at our neighboring wineries. Put your feet up and spend an evening or two at a local inn.

Location Description

Conveniently located 2 miles off Rt 202/31 South, minutes from Flemington, Lambertville, New Hope, and Hopewell. Ferry Market Tasting Bar

Features

  • One of the East Coast's Finest Wineries.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 23

Winemaker

Conor Quilty
While studying Botany at Connecticut College and furthering his oenology education through UC Davis, Conor honed his focus to look at wine from a bottom to bottle perspective. This led him to viticultural experiences in both the Alexander Mountains and Sonoma Valley before moving into wine production, working harvests with Stonestreet Winery in California and Yangarra Estate Vineyards and Hickinbotham Wines in South Australia. Conor joined the Unionville team in 2016 to pursue his dream of making wine on the East Coast and immersing himself in the challenges of growing a vineyard in an up-and-coming market. At Unionville, Conor works closely with both the winemaking and vineyard teams, to ensure you enjoy drinking the wine as much as he enjoys coming to work each day.

History

Unionville's home vineyard is an 88.7 acre farm that had originally been part of the largest peach orchard in the United States. The farm was split off as a dowry present when one of the original owner's daughters was married in 1856. The main house and the oldest section of the winery building were built in 1858. In the heart of America’s Colonial Crescent, Unionville Vineyards offers breathtaking natural beauty, bountiful terroir, historic significance and award-winning artisanal wines. The land of Unionville itself is a rich patchwork of American history. George Washington led his troops over much of this area and camped nearby on the grounds that now nourish some of our finest vines.

Just south of Unionville, he led the Colonial Army to cross the icy Delaware River and change the course of history. As the new nation grew, this became a mighty agricultural region, boasting vast fruit orchards followed by thousands of Dairy Farms. When a “rust” blight hit the peach industry in Hunterdon County after the Civil War, the orchards here and throughout the County converted to apples. In 1900 the farm was sold and became a successful dairy farm. In 1965 the farm was sold to developers who originally had it planted in grains.

The developers sold the property in the late 1960s; it remained in grains and was used for raising horses. The property was purchased in 1980 with the goal of saving the farm, returning the land to its fruit growing tradition and starting the Unionville Vineyards. The first Unionville vines were planted in 1987 and the winery opened to the public on April 1, 1993. 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.

The Team

John Cifelli, CS- General Manager
John is an 18 year veteran of the New Jersey food, beverage, and hospitality industries. John combines his passions for world-class hospitality and fine wines to define Unionville as a benchmark for East Coast wine production. John held management roles at New Jersey dining landmarks The Stockton Inn and Blue Morel. John is on his second tour of duty at Unionville, with a two year stint as the Executive Director of the Garden State Wine Growers Association in between. Besides focusing on business development, marketing, and guest experience at Unionville, John also currently serves as the Executive Director of The Winemakers Co-Op. John is a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and hosts a monthly wine tasting club at the winery.

Tiffany Baldino, Tasting Room Manager
After studying Culinary Arts at Mercer County Community College and Nutritional Science at Rutgers University, it was only natural that she began a career in the local farm to table food scene. With a background including farming, running her own meal delivery service, kitchen management, recipe development and farm to restaurant & school sales, she brings a wealth of experience. Unionville, with its estate farm history attracted her, and she couldn’t wait to sink her teeth into the local wine industry. Tiffany manages the tasting room, farm markets, and wine clubs at Unionville. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her family which includes her husband, son and rescue dog.

Jackie Dezic, Events Manager
Jackie studied Hospitality Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she discovered her true passion for event planning. During her time at college she had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in England as well as spend a week in Switzerland learning about the culture. Jackie loves to travel in her spare time and is always looking for a new adventure. Her favorite part about event planning is the ability to see someone’s vision and bring it to life for them. Her attention to detail along with an approachable and easy going attitude makes for a seamless process when planning your special day.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Unionville Home is the original vineyard, planted in 1987, and located on the same property as our winery and tasting room. Grown here are the French-American hybrid varieties: Chambourcin, Seyval, Vidal, Horizon, and Cayuga. In 1995, the top block was planted with European Vinifera varieties, including Chardonnay, Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as additional Chambourcin for Port production. In select years, single-vineyard Chardonnay is produced using only grapes from this vineyard. In contrast to the Pheasant Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (below), the Unionville Home Chardonnay consistently has a lime character. The soil of this vineyard is clay loam with decomposing shale.

Amwell Ridge
The Amwell Ridge Vineyard is where many of our Rhone varieties, such as Counoise and Viognier, are grown. Located just across the street from Unionville Home, on Wertsville Road, this vineyard is visible from the winery. Between August and October, these vines are covered in white – we cover the vines in bird nets to protect some of our prized grapes! The soil here is clay loam with decomposing shale. Unionville’s most diverse vineyard, Amwell Ridge is home to the Rhone varieties Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Counoise, and Syrah. Durif, also known as Petit Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir, also thrive at Amwell Ridge.

Bell Well
Bell Well Vineyard is located a couple miles from the winery on Rocktown Road. The soil is clay loam with a high percentage of decomposing granite. Grown here are the varieties Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir.

Pheasant Hill
Pheasant Hill Vineyard is located in Hopewell, NJ, on Province Line Road. The landowner waited and waited and waited for this particular piece of land with the intent to plant grapes. Pheasant Hill has a Southeast-facing slope, which allows for drainage and excellent sun exposure – two key traits of a good vineyard site. The first Chardonnay vines were planted in 1999 and the first wines from this vineyard were made in 2004. As of 2014, Unionville Vineyards winemaker Cameron Stark and the landowner still meet once a year to open up a bottle and taste from the 2005 vintage. Each year, they find the wine continues to improve. Beautiful at release, these wines age gracefully and truly reflect the skills of Unionville’s vineyard crew and winemaking team, as well as the landowner’s passion for fine wine and his determination to produce wines of national and international renown.

Pheasant Hill Chardonnay is the crown jewel, the 2008 vintage taking home “Best in Class” at the 2010 International Wine and Spirits Competition. While the Unionville Home Chardonnay consistently has a lime character, as mentioned above, the Pheasant Hill Vineyard Chardonnay has more of a Meyer lemon character and compares quite favorably to fine white Burgundies.
Also grown at Pheasant Hill are Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Viognier. The Syrah and Viognier are co-fermented as is done Côte-Rôtie – the Viognier adds softness and complexity to the wine.

Mountain Road
The Mountain Road Vineyard is located in Warren County. At Mountain Road, there are eight clones of Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Grigio vines. This vineyard site is ideal for grape-growing, with a south-facing slope for sun exposure and excellent drainage. The soil is gravelly, and, like the soils of Burgundy, rich in calcium – perfect for Pinot Noir production.

Awards

2012 Pheasant Hill Chardonnay

Gold, San Diego Sommelier Challenge
Gold, Beverage Tasting Institute
Silver, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2012 Bell Well Chardonnay Gold, BTI World Wine Championship

2010 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Syrah Gold, BTI World Wine Championship

Vat 18 Port, Gold Medal & Governor's Cup Winner, Dessert Category

2011 Pinot Grigio, Bronze Medal, 2012 New York International Wine Competition

2010 Mountain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir, Bronze Medal, 2012 New York International Wine Competition

2010 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Chardonnay, Second Place Finish to France in the 2012 Judgement of Princeton Wine Competition

2010 Big O, Gold Medal & Governor's Cup Winner, Overall Category, 2012 NJ Wine Competition

2010 Cool Foxy Lady

Silver Medal, 2012 NJ Wine Competition
Gold, Best Northeastern Dessert Wine, BTI World Wine Championship
2010 Riesling

Gold Medal, 2012 NJ Wine Competition
90 Points, Gold Medal, BTI Best Buy

2010 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, 90 Point Rating by Gilbert & Gaillard

2010 Unionville Home Vineyard Chardonnay, 88 Point Rating by Gilbert & Gaillard

2010 Albarino, 87 Point Rating by Gilbert & Gaillard

2010 Cool Foxy Lady, 94 Points, Gold Medal, BTI Best Northeastern Dessert Wine

2009 Big O, 90 Points, Gold Medal, BTI World Wine Championship

2010 Cam Jam, 90 Points, Gold Medal, BTI World Wine Championship

2010 Merlot, 87 Points, Silver Medal, BTI World Wine Championship

Port Vat #17, 84 Points, Bronze Medal, BTI World Wine Championship

Reviews

1 Review
Diane Tees
Vernon, NJ
Love it!

Love this place, Good dry reds and plenty of whites to choose from on the menu.

April 2017

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Mon - Sun: 12:00–17:00

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9 Rocktown Rd
Ringoes, New Jersey 08551
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