WIlliam Heritage winery
480 Mullica Hill Rd. | Mullica Hill, NJ
William Heritage Winery is a family owned and operated estate vineyard and winery located in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. Mullica Hill is located in the heart of the Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (AVA), which covers over 2.25 million acres in Southeastern New Jersey. Named New Jersey’s “Winery of the Year” in 2011 and 2014 by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, Heritage has begun cementing it’s self as a benchmark producer in New Jersey’s largest wine growing region.
Cultivation of grapes began when Heritage Vineyards was established in 1999 by Bill and Penni Heritage. Seeing the potential of the emerging wine industry in Southern New Jersey, Bill Heritage, with the help of his wife Penni, started converting their 150 acre estate of peach & apple orchards into vineyards. Bill & Penni Heritage, represent the fifth generation of farmers who have tended this land. Great care is given to the vineyards and the grape growing effort because the key to making great wine is to grow the best quality grapes.
In the fall of 2017, The Heritage family was proud to u
nveil a new name and design that was years in the making. It honors the family legacy that came before us, our commitment to premium, estate-grown wines,
and ushers in a new chapter for our family-owned company.
OUR FAMILY LEGACY
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.
William & Penni Heritage, Proprietors
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.
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, creating 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, 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, 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, Painted Horse Vineyard.