William Heritage Winery

An orchard turned vineyard!

March 15, 2019

Tucked away on the Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Mullica, New Jersey, the William Heritage Winery boasts perfect climates for growing juicy, ripe grapes for wine production. The climate is unique in its likeness to Bordeaux, France—the wine capital of the world.

Family owned and family operated, the William Heritage Winery holds 40 acres of vineyards at their estate. Offering winery tours and wine tasting in their Tasting Room, Heritage Winery has a team of passionate and knowledgeable wine enthusiasts who will enhance your own wine experience.

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A peach and apple orchard founded in 1853, Heritage Winery traded their agricultural farmland in for grapes and winemaking in 1999. The family’s agricultural background and hands on approach paved the way for a commitment to premium quality wines with accolades recognized by numerous wine reports.

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On the 100-point wine rating scale, Heritage Winery’s 2015 William Heritage Brut Rosé received a score of 90 from Wine & Spirits Magazine in their December 2018 issue. Some of their other high-scoring wines include the 2017 William Heritage Pét-Nat Rosé, 2015 William Heritage BDX, and 2017 William Heritage Chenin Blanc. For a full list visit their website here.

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Their vineyard consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, is a French vigneron with experience all over the world and named one of the “Top 10 Influential Wine Consultants” by The Drinks Business. Winemaking is a precise and exact science and at Heritage it can take anywhere from 4-8 months for white wines and 12-18 months for red wines. According to Heritage Winery's site, their reds are aged only in French oak barrels for maximum capture and flavor, while white wines are aged in steel vessels or oak barrels depending on the specific style.

If you decide to take a visit to the Heritage Winery, make sure to take a tour of the estate. Guests will get a firsthand look at what types of grapes are grown and the winemaking process. Exclusive wines from the Heritage wine list are available during the tour for guests to sample. If you want to dive in a bit deeper, you can schedule a visit to the William Heritage Winery Tasting Room (open all seven days of the week) for a wine tasting. The tasting provides five wine samples with access to a selection from their reserve tasting sheet that holds Heritage Winery’s crème de la crème of wines.

Check out their website for more information and schedule a visit to get yourself ready to attend the Down and Derby Wine Festival on May 4th at Cooper River Park!