The Unionville Vineyards team manages and sources grapes from six vineyards, spread across three New Jersey counties. The range of soil types, macroclimates, and topography allows our winemakers to craft diverse wines which showcase the often-discussed and hard-to-define concept of terroir.
Unionville Home is the original estate vineyard of the winery, with the first vines (a field of French-American hybrid varieties such as Chambourcin and Vidal Blanc) being planted in 1987.
In 1995, following the initial success of the winery, the hill above the property was planted to classic European Vinifera varieties, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Riesling. To this day, Unionville Home produces some of our most coveted wines. Fertile, channery silt-loam soils packed with decomposing red shale, combined with a southwestern slope, lends each variety site-specific characteristics such as limey-minerality in Chardonnay, fruity acidity in Riesling, and dark, brooding, berry flavors in Cabernet Sauvignon.
In 2017, we began expanding this hilltop site for the first time in almost 25 years, with almost two acres of Pinot Grigio and Gewurztraminer being planted in early May. In the coming years, we plan to continue this expansion to fully capture the beautiful terroir of the Home Vineyard.
Amwell Ridge Vineyard
Located across Rocktown Road, this estate property can be seen in all its glory from the winery.Our most diverse vineyard and one of the East Coast’s most unique vineyards, Amwell Ridge is where we grow a large portion of our Rhone varieties such as Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Counoise.
Similar soil to Home Vineyard, coupled with a strong southern exposure and excellent drainage, makes this an ideal site for the previously mentioned Rhone grapes, but also for Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, both of which can be found thriving on the hillside. White wines from Amwell Ridge present round and clean expressions of the fruit, while red wines exhibit bright red fruit characteristics with savory notes of anise, white pepper, and cocoa.
Pheasant Hill Vineyard
Located just seven miles from the winery in Hopewell, New Jersey, Pheasant Hill Vineyard isour second largest estate site, with the first vines being planted in 1999 and expansions continuing up until 2007. The 15 acres under vine are divided into two plots, both of which have different exposure, drainage, and soil types – providing an excellent example of micro-terroir in the number of single-vineyard wines that are produced here.
The first plot, planted in 1999 on loamy sandstone soils with fantastic southeastern exposure, is devoted solely to Chardonnay to make our flagship white, the single-vineyard Pheasant HillVineyard Chardonnay. This wine, with its nose of coconut oil and flavors of sweet Meyer lemon, provide an excellent glimpse into the terroir of our vineyards, as well as our cool-climate winemaking style that allows this wine to compare quite favorably to a fine white Burgundy or Cru Chablis.
The second Pheasant Hill plot is devoted to four different clones of Pinot Noir, as well as the Rhone varieties Mourvedre, Syrah, and Viognier – the latter two of which are co-fermented in a classic Cote-Rotie style to produce our single-vineyard Pheasant Hill Vineyard Syrah. Slightly acidic, silt-loam soil brings out a multitude of characteristics completely unique from their Amwell Ridge Vineyard counterparts. If the weather is just right, all five of the varieties planted at Pheasant Hill are bottled separately to showcase the beauty and distinctiveness of this great vineyard.
Bell Well Vineyard
Located just down Rocktown Road, about two miles from the winery is Bell Well Vineyard. The estate of a former owner of Unionville, Bell Well is still farmed and managed by our vineyard crew. Fertile, dark-colored silt-loam soils with decomposing granite allow for high-vigor growth in the production of the Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio planted on the site.
Coventry Farm Vineyard
While not an official name, in 2017 we broke ground on a new Unionville-managed vineyard site located within Coventry Farm Park in Princeton, New Jersey. The site is absolutely beautiful with steep southern sloping and red shale silt-loam soils (just like our Home Vineyard site). With an acre-and-a-half of Chardonnay planted in 2017 and plans for larger plantings in the next few years, we are excited to welcome Coventry Farm into our esteemed family of vineyards and soon our esteemed family of wines. The vineyard is visible from Great Road, across from Princeton Day School.
Mountain Road Vineyard
For the last 14 years, we have managed and farmed Mountain Road Vineyard in Warren County, New Jersey, bringing in Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and six different clones of Pinot Noir from its gravelly soils to make a multitude of different, exciting, and enjoyable wines. While we are no longer managing the property, we are still pouring and producing a single-vineyard Chardonnay from the site, with 2016 being the final vintage.
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