Old York Cellars

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Old York Cellars
Old York Cellars logo.png
Location 80 Old York Road, Ringoes, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates 40.449705 N, 74.838132 W
Formerly Amwell Valley Vineyard
Other labels What Exit Wines
First vines planted 1978
Opened to the public 2010
Key people David Wolin (owner)
Scott Gares (winemaker)
Laurin Dorman (general manager)[1]
Acres cultivated 12
Cases/yr 3,600 (estimated, 2012)
Other attractions Art classes, art gallery, picnicking permitted
Distribution On-site, wine festivals, NJ liquor stores, NJ restaurants, home shipment
Tasting Daily tastings, picnicking permitted
Website oldyorkcellars.com

Old York Cellars is a winery in the Ringoes section of East Amwell Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.[2][3] The vineyard was first planted in 1978, when the farm was known as Amwell Valley Vineyard. Amwell Valley operated as a winery from 1982 to 2005.[4][5] Old York Cellars opened to the public in 2010.[1][6] Old York has 12 acres of grapes under cultivation, and produces an estimated 3,600 cases of wine per year.[7][8] The winery is named for the road where it is located.[1]


Old York Cellars produces wine from Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cayuga White, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Colobel, Landot noir, Malbec, Marechal Foch, Merlot, Pinot gris, Riesling, Seyval blanc, Syrah, Vidal blanc, and Vignoles (Ravat 51) grapes. Old York also makes fruit wines from blackberries and peaches.[9][10] The winery has a separate brand of New Jersey-themed vintages (named "What Exit Wines") that are used to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief.[10][11] Old York is the only winery in New Jersey that produces wine from Colobel, a red hybrid grape developed in France in the early twentieth century that is often used for wine coloration.[12][13] The winery is not located in one of New Jersey's three viticultural areas.[7]

A 2-story brown house with a stone patio in front, and a driveway to the right.
Old York Cellars permits picnicking on its patio year-round.

Features, licensing, and associations[edit]

The winery offers art classes, and houses a small gallery featuring the works of local artists.[14][15] Old York Cellars has a plenary winery license from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which allows it to produce an unrestricted amount of wine, operate up to 15 off-premises sales rooms, and ship up to 12 cases per year to consumers in-state or out-of-state.[16][17] The winery is a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and its subsidiary, Vintage North Jersey.[18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Old York Cellars. "Drink in the view at Old York Cellars" (commercial website) (November 15, 2011). Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Peskoe, Ashley. "New Jersey wineries showcase selections at annual festival" in The Star-Ledger (April 8, 2013). Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  3. ^ Westrich, Sal. New Jersey Wine: A Remarkable History. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012). ISBN 9781609491833.
  4. ^ Schmidt, R. Marilyn. Wines and Wineries of New Jersey. (Chatsworth, NJ: Pine Barrens Press, 1999). ISBN 9780937996386.
  5. ^ DeVito, Carlo. "Old York Winery (Ringoes, NJ)" on East Coast Wineries (blog) (February 20, 2012). Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  6. ^ Zernike, Kate. "From Garden State to Vineyard State" in The New York Times (May 2, 2013). Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Jackson, Bart. Garden State Wineries Guide. (South San Francisco, CA: Wine Appreciation Guild, 2011). ISBN 9781934259573.
  8. ^ Mack, Danielle. "New Jersey's Top Wineries" in NJBIZ (March 11, 2013). Retrieved May 18, 2013. Old York Cellars produced 8,500 gallons of wine in 2012, which is equivalent to 3,600 cases, assuming standard case and bottle sizes.
  9. ^ Old York Cellars. "Old York Cellars: Wine Shop" (commercial website). Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Staikos, George. "Old York Rolls Out Jersey-Centric Wines" in New Jersey Monthly (July 3, 2013). Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  11. ^ Das, Arun Kristian. "New Jersey wines raise money for storm relief with every bottle" on WNYW (Fox New York) (June 24, 2013). Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  12. ^ Robinson, Jancis, et al. Wine Grapes. (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2013). ISBN 9780062325518. A review of the wines made by New Jersey's 46 wineries found no other establishment using Colobel grapes.[original research?]
  13. ^ Reisch, B.I., et al. "French-American and Other Interspecific Varieties" on Cornell Cooperative Extension (academic website) (February 1, 2001). Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  14. ^ Arceo, Linda. "Old York Cellars Virtual Tasting Party — Tonight!" on Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps (blog) (August 15, 2013). Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  15. ^ Jackson, Bart. "Wine to Please This Artist's Palate & Palette" in U.S. 1 Newspaper (October 10, 2012). Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  16. ^ New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "New Jersey ABC license update" (April 16, 2013). Retrieved August 24, 2013.[dead link]
  17. ^ N.J.S.A. 33:1–10.
  18. ^ Garden State Wine Growers Association. "GSWGA Wineries." Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  19. ^ Vintage North Jersey. "Participating Wineries on the Vintage North Jersey Wine Trail." Retrieved May 18, 2013.

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Coordinates: 40°26′59″N 74°50′17″W / 40.449705°N 74.838132°W / 40.449705; -74.838132