New Vineyard Open to Local Wine LoversLast Edited:
If you are looking for a new place to "wine" down, officials with a new local vineyard in South Jersey have recently opened their doors to the public.
What was once a forest has become a dream come true for these two business partners, Dustin Tarpine and Steven Becker, of Cedar Rose Vineyards located in Millville.
“The whole place actually consists of about 22 to 23 acres of vineyard planted to traditional, different varieties," says Tarpine. "As opposed to ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, some hybrid varieties like Chambourcin, and then some native varieties as well like Niagra.”
In our tasting room you can see the tanks and the barrels so you know that everything is legitimately made here.
As both require vision and dedication, you can say wine and friends make a great blend.
“Well it’s kind of like art," says Becker. "So when you go to a new site the landscape is always different, conditions are always different and the shape of the property is different.
"So you kind of take a blank canvas and you make something out of it."
“We kinda jumped into it," says Tarpine. "Steve actually bought a chainsaw and sawed down some trees and cut the woods down for the original planting. ... [I]t was kind of a hands-on experience for sure.”
The roots also run deep for Tarpine and Becker from a lifelong bond.
“We literally grew up [together]. You can almost see my parents’ house from here [and] you can actually see Steve’s ... mom’s house from here," says Tarpine. "... [W]e grew up right around here. We were neighbors, [and have] known each other pretty much forever.”
If you are planning to get your wine on, Cedar Rose hopes to see you during their “Happier Hour” that’s between four and six p.m., on Thursdays and Fridays. They currently offer deals including a dollar off glasses and $2 off wine bottles.
“In our tasting room you can see the tanks and the barrels so you know that everything is legitimately made here," says Becker. "It’s all New Jersey grapes and we really take pride in that.”
Cedar Rose Vineyards expects to be fully up and running with the addition of a private event area by the spring.
To learn more, visit cedarrosevineyards.com/our-story.
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