Uncorking the New Vintage Atlantic Wine Region
The Vintage Atlantic Wine Region collaboration started in August 2013. Its mission is to create a Wine Region that links existing wine trails and wineries in four states, ignoring state borders, that have common geography, climate and growing conditions, for the collective benefit of promoting those trails, together with the Region's other historical and tourism assets within and beyond this Region. This Region encompasses the area around the Delaware Bay and lower Delaware River, up to and including the Philadelphia Metro Area.
Scott Donnini of Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery explains “What a region needs to become a Wine Region are serious, quality wines and a critical mass of wineries making them. We already knew that there were great wines being made in this area. Then when you look at the map in a new way, you suddenly see over 50 wineries, all within easy driving distance of one another, and lots to do in between – in short – a destination.”
According to Chuck Nunan of Harvest Ridge Winery, “The Vintage Atlantic Wine Region will show the region, the country and the world, what excellent grapes and wines can be produced in our region. It is an exciting time for all the wineries to pull together and promote with a single voice.”
Visit Southern Jersey Executive Director, Jake Buganski, sums it up best, “For the most part, visitors exploring an area don’t pay attention to county lines or even state lines. If there are attractions nearby that are of interest to them, they want to know about them. The Vintage Atlantic Wine Region effort ensures that visitors are aware of all the winery offerings available here and also helps get them to places they can eat, shop and stay along the way.”
For more information, visit www.vintageatlanticwine.com