The Heritage estate located in Mullica Hill, NJ provides a special place for growing wine grapes. The vineyards enjoy a unique location on the elevated western edge of southern New Jersey’s coastal plain. This region is specifically known as the Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (AVA), one of the warmest locales in the Mid-Atlantic region, a key for growing fully-ripe, richly-flavored grapes.
The weather patterns are similar to those in Bordeaux, France, which creates a favorable environment for grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec, along with the white varietal, Sauvignon Blanc. Other grape varieties also flourish in Heritage Vineyards, including Chardonnay, Syrah, and Chambourcin, which is a dark-colored, richly-textured French-American hybrid grape that we often refer to as the “East Coast Red Zinfandel.”
Low environmental impact methods for controlling weeds & insects are applied. Time-tested techniques are used for vine pruning, cluster positioning, canopy management & yield control, which are all important steps in raising top-quality grapes.
There are currently 40 acres of vineyards planted in four distinct areas on the Heritage estate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Chardonnay are planted in rocky, well-drained soil on the north side of busy Route 322 in what was once a gravel pit.
On the lower side of the estate, near the Heritage tasting room facility, are two small vineyards, one planted to Chardonnay & Cabernet Franc,½ acre each, and another, near the festival grounds & a large pond, planted to Chambourcin.
The “other half” of the estate faces southward, sloping downhill from Harrisonville Road that essentially bisects the property. This angled southern exposure allows maximum capture of summer sunlight for the best possible ripening of wine grapes.
Along this H-ville Slope are planted blocks of Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc. Finally, below the winery, near a gently sloping pasture often grazed by American Indian painted horses, is planted a two acre block of Chambourcin in what is now called the Painted Horse Vineyard.