After a year of anticipation, the grand opening celebration for the new winery production barn at Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery will be held on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. Following a grand opening ceremony, guided tours of the facility will be held during the afternoon. Free wine tastings and light refreshments will be served.
Terhune Orchards is owned and operated by Pam and Gary Mount and daughters Tannwen Mount and Reuwai Hanewald. Pam and Gary Mount started Terhune Orchards in 1975 after buying the home farm of 55 acres in 1975 on Cold Soil Road.
“We are looking forward to opening our new wine barn and celebrating a decade of hard work,” said Gary Mount. “It is wonderful to finally have our wine making operation all under one roof. It makes production more efficient. As our vineyard continues to grow, we will be able to produce even more wine. We love to share with our customers the excitement we have about making wine in New Jersey.”
In 2003, Terhune Orchards expanded with the purchase of the 67 acre permanently preserved “Johnson Farm” on Van Kirk Road. These open fields, once cleaned up and rejuvenated, presented lots of possibilities for new directions for Terhune Orchards. Daughter Tannwen returned to the family farm full time after 6 years in San Francisco, enthusiastic about the idea of a vineyard and winery.
In 2006, Gary and Tannwen planted three acres of grapes. They planted 12 varieties to see what would grow well in our climate, with the largest amounts in Chamborcin, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Traminette. After four years of loving care, the first crop of grapes were harvested in 2009. By September of 2010, the wine was in the bottle with seven varieties and the Terhune Orchards tasting room was open at the farm’s historic barn. Son-in-law Mike Hanewald and Gary had spent several years perfecting Apple Wine made from Terhune Orchards own apple cider, so that was added to the list of offerings.
The vineyards have been expanded to 9 acres of grapes and 12 varieties of wine, including three fruit wines made from Terhune Orchards’ own apple cider.
In late 2015, several small buildings on the farm were removed to make room for a new 3,500 square foot red barn that will house the wine production operation for the estate grown wines produced by Terhune Orchards Winery. In April visitors at Terhune Orchards came out for a barn raising party. Throughout the year people have been able to watch the steady progress of the facility over the course of the year.
Built in the traditional post and beam, the new barn will look similar to the almost 200 -year old barn that currently houses the winery tasting room. Sustainable farming and building practices are a priority at Terhune Orchards. The new building utilizes solar panels and other ways to maximize efficiencies in energy and water usage. With heat and air conditioning, the facility offers year round climate controlled environment for our production and the opportunity to hold events. Large windows into the barn will allow guests to see into the production area with the stainless steel wine tanks and the bottling line. The porch of the farm store has always been a place to gather, now we have a new front porch with plenty of seating for guests to linger and sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view of the farm.
Terhune Orchards is a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and Vintage North Jersey Wine Trail. Terhune Orchards wines have won numerous awards. The winery tasting room is open Fridays – Sundays from 12-5 p.m. Wine is available for tastings or by the glass. Bottles are sold daily in the farm store.