Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Two Wineries Are Better Than One: Westfall Winery (New Jersey) and Island Winery (South Carolina)

For the owners of Westfall Winery, wine is not just their business; it is a labor of love. Loren and Georgene Mortimer met while students at Ithaca College in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine region of New York State. Visiting wineries and vineyards in that region, they developed both a lifelong love for each other and a passion for world class wines.

Georgene grew up in a big Italian family where home winemaking was a way of life; naturally when she and Loren started a family they continued the tradition. “It was a great way for the family to spend time together,” Georgene remarked, “the kids used to love getting messy crushing and pressing the grapes.” In the Spring of 2000, Loren and Georgene decided to turn their family pastime into a family business and started their own wine school at the historic Westfall Farm in Montague, NJ.

In Loren Mortimer’s family since 1940, Westfall Farm boasts unforgettable scenery and the opportunity for visitors to be a part of living history. Georgene, who holds a doctorate in environmental science, applied her knowledge of organic chemistry and biology along with traditional wine making expertise to launch Westfall Winery in 2002.

In 2006, Loren and Georgene opened a second winery named Island Winery in Hilton Head, South Carolina, their favorite place to spend cold winters. They use the finest grapes to produce high quality wines on Hilton Head Island. They also specialize in Low Country Specialty wines, unique and delicious recipes made from fresh Carolina fruits and honey.

Currently, they spend their time between the two wineries.

Westfall Winery
141 Clove Road
Montague, NJ 07827
(973) 293-3428

Island Winery
12A Cardinal Road
Hilton Head, SC 29926