Six generations of the Heritage family have farmed the same land in Mullica Hill, New Jersey since 1853. While past generations farmed apples and peaches, today’s generation is re-tasking the 150 acre estate to grow vineyards for premium wine production. The Heritage family is dedicated to preserving the land and proving a prosperous family business for generations to come.
William (Bill) Heritage inherited the pioneering spirit and passion for modernization that defined his forefathers. He recognized the potential of New Jersey’s emerging wine industry and with the help of his wife, Penni, established Heritage Vineyards & Winery in 2001.
Today, the evolution continues through their children. The oldest son, Richard Heritage, believes in upholding his parent’s commitment to excellence. Richard has taken on the role of Director of Sales and Marketing after graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in business. Richard also interned for Hanna Winery in Sonoma, California where he gained hands-on experience in wine sales, marketing and hospitality.
Erik Heritage joined the William Heritage team after college with a degree in business from Neumann University. Erik found a strong passion for vineyard management and recently acquired a viticultural certificate from Washington State University. He has brought a more sustainable agricultural approach to William Heritage vineyards. Bringing new techniques for more environmentally friendly farming practices has provided a new level of grape quality for wine production.
William and Penni’s experience with agriculture and their unrelenting hard-working attitude has helped propel the vineyard and winemaking program into something exceptional. The goal has always been to preserve farmland and uphold the family’s agricultural tradition.