Camden County Winery's Problem a Good One to HaveLast Edited:
In 2003, a father and son started their two-year venture in finding the right place to build a winery.
Two years later, they planted their first vines; fast forward to today, and we’re looking at 10 vineyards as far as the eye can see.
“We kind of started out with an expectation of ‘OK, let’s see if we can sell these 800 cases,'” said Larry Sharrott, owner of Sharrott Winery. “People started showing up, and they wanted to see what we were all about. And year after year, we added a thousand cases or so here or there.”
It didn’t take long for their business to boom.
Before they knew it, the Sharrotts saw they needed more room for barrels, space in their tank room, and a bigger place for tastings.
“Two years ago we really reached a tipping point where we just couldn’t grow anymore unless we had more room,” said Sharrott.
“We really kind of came in, in a huge surge of wineries,” he continued. “We were probably on the front end of that, and behind us ... about 20 wineries [popped] up after that.”
The need to expand s a good problem to have, as Sharrott points to the rapidly growing beverage industry, specifically here in South Jersey.
“The whole idea of local wine, local food, [and] all of those types of things — people kind of really want to come back to the farms and the vineyards and they want to see what’s going on,” said Sharrott.
The expansion will allow the business to have additional production space, a brand new tasting room and wine bar, plus a larger outdoor area for visitors to sit back and enjoy the view.
The winery will remain open during the construction — set to wrap up this spring — as the Sharrotts prepare for what's to come.
"This is one of those bigger leaps where we finally got to the point where we just can’t stretch what we have anymore," said Sharrott.
"So now it’s just time for the big leap."
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