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Westfall Winery

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Westfall Winery
Location141 Clove Road, Montague, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates41.326639 N, 74.725228 W
First vines planted2000
Opened to the public2003
Key peopleLoren & Georgene Mortimer,
Charles Mortimer (owners)[1][2]
Acres cultivated6
Cases/yr9,000 (2011)
Other attractionsHorse boarding, picnicking permitted, pet-friendly
DistributionOn-site, NJ liquor stores, home shipment
TastingTastings Fri. to Sun. in summer
Sat. and Sun. in spring and fall
Closed in winter except for events

Westfall Winery is a winery in Montague Township in Sussex County, New Jersey.[3][4] Formerly a stop on the Underground Railroad and a dairy farm, the vineyard was first planted in 2000, and opened to the public in 2003.[5][6] Westfall has 6 acres of grapes under cultivation, and produces 9,000 cases of wine per year, mostly from imported grapes.[7][8] The winery is named for the family that owned the farm from 1774 to 1940.[5][9] It was sold in December 2017 and be an animal sanctuary.[10]


Westfall Winery produces wine from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cayuga White, Chardonnay, Concord, Durif (Petite Sirah), Grenache, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Muscat of Alexandria, Niagara, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Zinfandel grapes. Westfall also makes fruit wines from apples, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, and peaches.[11][12] The winery is not located in one of New Jersey's three viticultural areas.[13]

Features, licensing, associations, and other properties

The farm offers equestrian services, including horse boarding, and specializes in the use of Morgan horses.[5][9] Westfall has a plenary winery license from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which allows it to produce an unrestricted amount of wine, operate up to 15 off-premises sales rooms, and ship up to 12 cases per year to consumers in-state or out-of-state.[14][15] The winery is a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and its subsidiary, Vintage North Jersey.[16][17] In 2006, the owners of Westfall founded Island Winery in Hilton Head, South Carolina.[1][9]

See also


  1. ^ a b DeVito, Carlo. "Westfall Winery" on East Coast Wineries (blog) (1 December 2009). Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  2. ^ Rignani, Jennifer Papale. Images of America: New Jersey Wineries. (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2008). ISBN 9780738557229.
  3. ^ Genovese, Peter. Food Lovers' Guide to New Jersey. (Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot, 2008). ISBN 9780762747757.
  4. ^ Westrich, Sal. New Jersey Wine: A Remarkable History. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012). ISBN 9781609491833.
  5. ^ a b c Westfall Winery. "History of Westfall Farm" (commercial website). Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ O'Reiley, Tim. "Sussex winery tries to age well" in The Daily Record (archived website) (14 June 2006). Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  7. ^ Rosenfeld, Lucy D. and Marina Harrison. Exploring Nature's Bounty: One Hundred Outings Near New York City. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University, 2012). ISBN 9780813553597.
  8. ^ Scruton, Bruce A. "N.J. wine sales measure at standstill in Legislature" in The New Jersey Herald (archived website) (8 July 2011). Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Sullivan, Kathy. "Westfall Winery" on Wine Trail Traveler (blog) (7 July 2011). Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  10. ^ http://www.nj.com/sussex-county/index.ssf/2017/11/nj_winery_sells_off_farm_to_animal_sanctuary.html
  11. ^ Westfall Winery. "Westfall Wines" (commercial website). Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  12. ^ Island Winery. "Westfall Wines (New Jersey Residents Only)" (commercial website). Retrieved 21 October 2013. Many of Westfall's wines are distributed through Island Winery, which is owned by the same family.
  13. ^ Jackson, Bart. Garden State Wineries Guide. (South San Francisco, CA: Wine Appreciation Guild, 2011). ISBN 9781934259573.
  14. ^ New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "New Jersey ABC list of wineries, breweries, and distilleries" (5 February 2013). Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  15. ^ New Jersey General Assembly. "N.J.S.A. 33:1-10". Statutes of New Jersey. New Jersey.
  16. ^ Garden State Wine Growers Association. "GSWGA Wineries." Archived 2013-06-21 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  17. ^ Vintage North Jersey. "Participating Wineries on the Vintage North Jersey Wine Trail." Retrieved 26 March 2013.
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