My name is Carlo DeVito, and I am the author of East Coast Wineries: A Complete Guide from Maine to Virginia published by Rutgers University Press. This blog is dedicated to primarily east coast wines and wineries including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It will also feature products and information from other regions.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Hunderton Couny Democrat: Alba Leading New Jersey Winery Estate
Alba Vineyard named 'leading estate'
By Arianna Delin
Hunterdon County Democrat
on May 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM, updated May 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM
The first few months of 2013 have been very rewarding for
New Jersey’s largest vineyard. Alba Vineyard started the year by being named
one of New Jersey’s “leading estates” in Hugh Johnson’s 2013 Pocket Wine Book.
Only the very best wineries from around the globe make it into the world’s
bestselling annual wine guide.
A month later, internationally renowned wine writers Jancis
Robinson and Linda Murphy recognized Alba as an East Coast “superstar” in their
new book, American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of
the United States.
Alba Vineyard’s wine further proved its “superstar” status,
by winning more medals and top awards than any other Garden State winery in San
Diego International, Finger Lakes International, Taster’s Guild, Pacific Rim,
and Riverside International’s wine competitions.
Alba’s estate vineyard currently has one of the East Coast’s
largest plantings of Pinot Noir and just this month the 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
was awarded “93 POINTS,” New Jersey’s Alba Vineyard ranked alongside the finest
Pinot Noirs from both California and Oregon. Vintners throughout the world who
aspire to achieve greatness prize Pinot Noir, the quintessential Burgundian
variety. This variety is particular about the location of where it is planted.
It loves limestone soils and cool climates, well suited to Alba’s terroir and
may have developed a unique niche in the Garden State.
One of the East Coast’s most award winning wineries, Alba
Vineyard is nestled amongst the rolling hills of Warren County, two miles east
of the Delaware River and historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the beautiful
Musconetcong Valley. The winery and tasting room are housed in a historic
1805-converted stone barn, which features an impressive wood tasting bar,
rustic stonewalls, and old oak beams.