Chesnut Run Farm
Chestnut Run Farm is a farm winery in beautiful Salem County, New Jersey. Bob and Lise Clark are the owners and artisan winemakers of Chestnut Run Farm. We grow all of the fruit used in wine production here on our preserved farm, and make our distinct wines in very small batches.
We have been farming for more than 30 years, and have been at this location for all but our first two years. We began as wholesale growers/packers of fancy specialty fruit and vegetables including Asian pears and Fuji apples. Our original Asian pear orchards are still in production. Globalization of the specialty produce industry led to decreasing market prices and as time went on, we could no longer compete with imported produce or corporate grown fruit from the West coast; we had to find another way to keep our farm in business. Through exploration of a number of value-added product options, we discovered that we could produce a variety of very nice wines from our fruit, and switched over to wine production nearly ten years ago.
Chestnut Run Farm now produces three Asian pear wines, two Fuji apple wines and a Japanese (Shiro) plum wine. We grow a total of eight distinctly different varieties of Asian pears including Japanese, Korean and Chinese varieties, ferment the varieties separately or in specific combinations, and then blend the resulting wine to develop the distinctly different wines we bottle. All fruit used for wine production is grown here on our farm and we use only table-quality fruit for fermentation, no drops or otherwise lower grade fruit.
Our wines regularly win medals in international wine competitions including a Double Gold Medal for our Spiced Sweet Asian Pear Wine in the 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and a Gold Medal for our Shiro Plum Wine in the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition.
Open at the farm only on GSWGA Wine Trail weekends. Please taste our wines at one of the many wine festivals we attend throughout the season.