Press Articles and Unionville News

Preconceptions Still a Problem for East Coast Wines
Kim Badenfort, Wine Industry Network, May 2017

The quality of wine produced in the Eastern U.S. continues its upward trajectory, but wineries still struggle with consumer perception and their doubts about the quality. “The hardest thing for East Coast wineries is the general attitude toward their wine,” says Elizabeth Slater of In Short Direct Marketing, who works with wineries across the nation to improve their sales.

Does New Jersey Make the Best Wines?
Esther Davidowicz, The Daily Record, March 2017

Don’t believe New Jersey wines are top-notch? Meet Karl Storchmann, economics professor at New York University, who has been making the case for some time, not only with his wallet (he has many New Jersey wines among the more than 1,000 bottles he stores in his Brooklyn apartment) but by employing his considerable statistical prowess and analytical skills to the study of wines. “I love the wines of New Jersey,” the German-born, 54-year-old wine economist declared recently, drinking coffee at a casual café in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. “The quality of New Jersey wine is awesome. The major wine magazines don't write about Jersey wines at all.

Native Expressions: Wine Pros Show Regional Loyalty
Kelly Magyarics, Cheers Magazine, December 2016

Moratis selects regional wines that—first and foremost—prompt a sense of surprise. He also seeks quality, consistency, pricing, availability and any opportunities for cross-promotion with the winery in the form of tastings or dinners.
The 136-seat steakhouse offers nine wines from New York and New Jersey. One
is the 2012 Unionville Vineyards Big O Red Montage ($75 a bottle) from New Jersey, with leather, blackberry jam, vanilla bean and mango notes. Soft and creamy yet tannic and well structured and balanced, Moratis calls it “a little bit of heaven” with a charred strip steak or ribeye.

Unionville Vineyards Earns Spot on List of Nation's Top Wineries
Paul Vigna, The Patriot News, November 2016

Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, in central New Jersey, has been named to Food & Wine magazine's 500 best wineries in America 2017. It's one of just two wineries from the mid-Atlantic (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware) to earn the distinction; the other is Black Ankle Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Md. Here's the entry: "In the rolling hills of Hunterdon County - out where it's easy to see why New Jersey is called the Garden State - Unionville manages five vineyards of diverse wine grapes in the midst of the nation's most densely populated state."

Winemaker Cameron Stark of Unionville Vineyards
Rosie Saferstein, NJ Monthly Magazine, June 2016

The Unionville Vineyards winery [...] sources grapes on five estate vineyards from over 300 acres of preserved farmland located across three New Jersey counties. Winemaker Cameron Stark makes 26 different wines and has 22 years experience in the field. He studied viticulture at UC Davis and spent 10 years making wine at Napa Valley wineries. He now produces 26 wines and manages every step of the wine-making process from grape growing to bottling. The vines are cultivated, pruned and harvested by hand. Almost all barrels are 5 to 15 year old French oak.

We tasted many wines and all were worthy of purchase. Our favorites were the refreshing 2013 Pheasant Hill Chardonnay; 2002 Hunter’s Red Reserve; 2012 The Big O Red Bordeaux-style blend (their best seller); and 2013 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Syrah, a single vineyard wine.

 Yes, New Jersey Makes Wine- and It's Good
Alan Richman, Saveur Magazine, April 2016

I admired the 2012 The Big O, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, all Jersey grown. It was dark, opaque, and peppery. I bought a bottle for slipping into a future Bordeaux-style blind tasting. We also admired the Vat 21 Port, blended from multiple vintages of Chambourcin

 More than 1K turn out for N.J. winery's spring festival (PHOTOS)
Emily Cummins, NJ Advance Media, May 2016

Pairing wine with cheese and rain boots, the 23rd annual Unionville Vineyards Spring Wine & Music Festival saw a huge turnout Saturday despite the gloomy weather. Musical acts John Beacher and The Brummy Brothers played throughout the day as guests floated between the numerous food trucks, vendors, wine tastings and tours at the picturesque vineyard in Hunterdon County.

 Dinner at The Strip House with Culinary Director Chef Tom Valenti
Rosie Saferstein, NJ Monthly, April 2016

Upon being seated, we were offered notable raisin, onion and baguette breads, and were told that our four-course dinner would be paired with Unionville Vineyards wine. Lowell and I would like to go on record that we initially turned up our noses, as we had never tasted any New Jersey wines that we liked. That has now changed; we were wrong. The wines we had (see pairings below) were so good that we would put them on a rotating list of wines that we drink. A fieldtrip to Ringoes, where the winery is located is now on our to-do list.

Great meals for great causes
The Princeton Packet, September 2014

Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, NJ, to host 'Sip, Sit, and Stay' wine tasting fundraiser

Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes will host “Sip, Sit & Stay,” an evening of wine tasting, gourmet fare and live music, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 6-8:30 p.m., set outdoors on the winery’s 88.7 acres of scenic property....All proceeds of the event benefit Animal Alliance of NJ and the operations at the nonprofit agency’s low cost spay/neuter & vaccine clinic, Planned Pethood and The Robert W. Curts Memorial Pet Adoption Center in Lambertville.

Hunterdon County Democrat, August 2014


Unionville Vineyards and a country Sunday supper benefit HomeFront of Mercer County

Unionville Vineyards continues to support the farm-to-table dinner at the Trenton Farmers Market scheduled for Sept. 21. The Country Supper, with wine and live music, is again being organized by Lauren Sabogal, owner/chef at Buttons Creperie located in the market. Once again the primary beneficiary is HomeFront of Mercer County.

Hunterdon County Democrat, July 2014


Cameron Stark- Master Winemaker at Unionville Vineyards Continues to Excel (NJ)

A New Jersey Albarino? A New Jersey Counoise? Who would think up such things?
But Cameron Stark is thinking such things...and doing them...and impressing everyone.

Carlo De Vito, East Coast Wineries, June 2014


Unionville Vineyards attends Dress for Success Mercer County fundraiser
Hunterdon County Democrat, June 2014

Ringoes' Unionville Vineyards wines gain awards but seek respect

At my May visit, I was impressed by the 2012 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Chardonnay, which is made in older oak barrels with only a quarter of the wine subjected to malolatic fermentation- the process that changes the grape’s natural tart acidity (think green apple) to the softer lactic acid (think dairy). It results in a delightful fruit and mild floral aroma, with medium body, pleasant fruit flavors with balanced acidity and not a hint of alcohol in the finish. It’s a classic Burgundian style.
John Foy, The Star-Ledger, June 2014


Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes welcomes 400 visitors to its 'Waddle and Wine'
Hunterdon County Democrat, May 2014

Unionville Vineyards honored at the New Jersey Wine and Food Festival

In introducing Unionville and Stark to the guests of the $288-per-head dinner, Robby Younes, Vice President of the Resort, graciously admitted his concern with including a New Jersey wine in this keynote event. Younes noted that he approved including Unionville only after his staff, led by Sommelier Mme. Suzanne Laresecu, surprised him with a blind tasting of Pheasant Hill Chardonnay, a Grand Cru Burgundy and a highly rated California Chardonnay pulled from Latour’s famed cellar. Younes was astounded by the quality of the Unionville offering, initially mistaking the wine for a fine Burgundy.
Hunterdon County Democrat, April 2014


The World may not want to believe it, but Northern New Jersey is making some Great Wines including Riesling!

The Pheasant Hill Chardonnay is surely one of the best wines from this grape anywhere in America...The 2011 Pheasant Hill Syrah is a great example of this grape and a stunning achievement for that very difficult vintage. It has the smoky bacon, pepper, blackberry and leather aromas of a top Northern Rhône wine and very elegant dry tannins. Equally impressive is the 2011 ‘The Big O’, Unionville’s Bordeaux-type blend...Then there’s the ‘Vat 19′ Port, a multi-vintage wine made entirely from the hybrid Chambourcin, which can stand next to the best LBV ports.
Stuart Pigott Riesling Global, December 2013


A guide to Jersey beers and wines for your Thanksgiving table
Inside Jersey Magazine, November 2013

Wine Econ Class is Best Kind of 'Dismal'
The Wall Street Journal, October 2013

Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes to host Rhone wine release party
The Hunterdon County Democrat, October 2013

Unionville Vineyards Earns Governor's Cup-Again
JerseyBites, June 2013

Does All Wine Taste the Same?
The New Yorker, June 2012

NJ Wine Takes Second Place
Garden State Woman, June 2012

Hey, France, Jerseyans can make wine, too
Times of Trenton, June 2012

Grapes of Rapture
The New York Post, August 2011

Two Ringoes Wineries Win Awards
Hunterdon Democrat, June 2011

A Winemaker's Tail
Edible Jersey Magazine, Spring 2011

Wine and Dance at New Jersey Vineyard
FOX News NY, 2011

New Jersey Wine Country
Chatham Patch, January 2011

Unionville Full of Rich History
Hunterdon Democrat, July 2010

Unionville Still One of The Best
East Coast Wineries, May 2010

New Jersey's Unionville Vineyards
Star Ledger, June 2010

Garden State Wine Makers
The New York Post, June 2010

The List
Harper's Bazaar Magazine, November 2009

Fine Wine
The Star Ledger, October 2009

Atlantic City Food & Wine Show
FOX News NY, August 2009

Unionville Vineyards Tastes Gold
NJ BIZ Magazine, 2007

Double Gold
The New York Times, 2005


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