January 17, 2019 — Members of Southern New Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association (OCPVA) brought home 21 medals this week in the largest competition for American wines, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC). The competition’s 64 professional judges received nearly 6,800 entries from more than 1,132 wineries spanning North America this year, with New Jersey wines winning a formidable 36 overall total awards. More than half of those winners are members of the OCPVA, an organization that represents wineries in the Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (OCP AVA) that stretches across Southern New Jersey with more than 40 wineries in all of Cumberland, Cape May, Atlantic, and Ocean counties and portions of Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, and Monmouth counties.
The winners from the OCPAVA are shown below. Full list of winners is linked here.
Bellview Winery – Gruner Veltliner 2017, Best of Class*
Sharrott Winery – Chardonnay 2016, Double Gold**
Sharrott Winery – Chardonnay 2017, Gold
Sharrott Winery – Riesling, Gold
Sharrott Winery – Trio 2015, Gold
4JG’s Winery – Cabernet Franc 2017, Silver
Bellview Winery – Chardonnay 2017, Silver
Bellview Winery – Petit Verdot 2015, Silver
Bellview Winery – Port Batch No., Silver
Sharrott Winery – Vignoles, Silver
Sharrott Winery – Vidal Blanc 2017, Silver
Sharrott Winery – Chambourcin 2017, Silver
Sharrott Winery – Coeur d’Est 2015, Silver
4JG’s Winery – Chardonnay 2017, Bronze
Auburn Road – Chardonnay 2017, Bronze
Auburn Road – Eidolon (Red Blend) 2014, Bronze
Bellview Winery – Cabernet Franc 2016, Bronze
Bellview Winery – Chambourcin 2016, Bronze
Sharrott Winery – Cabernet Franc 2015, Bronze
Sharrott Winery – Tango, Bronze
Sharrott Winery – Wicked 2014, Bronze
*Best of Class Awards are bestowed on the best example of each wine varietal.
**Double Gold distinction is awarded when all judges award a wine Gold. Sharrott Winery was also awarded a rare Double Gold for its Wicked Port in 2017. In 2018, this award was presented to Valenzano for California Sangiovese.
Visit South Jersey Chairman and Sharrott Winery owner Larry Sharrott comments, “We are so honored to earn these distinctions, not just as a point of pride for Sharrott Winery, but as validation for our regional efforts as the Outer Coastal Plain AVA. South Jersey wine is gaining traction as a national contender, as evidenced by the continued honors we enjoy as a community.”
The SFCWC is the largest wine competition of North American wines in the world. Judges are selected throughout the major American wine regions to offer a diversity of backgrounds to each judging panel. The SFCWC is one of the few competitions that offers plaque awards for silver, gold, and higher. More information about the competition, awards and judges is available at winejudging.com/.
According to a Frank, Rimerman+Co. report released in 2018 by the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA), New Jersey’s wine industry had a $323 million impact on the State economy in 2016, a nearly 40% increase since it was last tabulated in 2011. The number of wineries increased, as did the wine produced by those vineyards, and the tourists visiting the Garden State to experience New Jersey wineries. The GSWGA is a coalition of over 50 wineries, grape growers and vineyard owners across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of the New Jersey wine industry. For more information visit: www.newjerseywines.com.
About Visit South Jersey
Visit South Jersey (VSJ) is the official Destination Marketing Organization for Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties, and the Outer Coastal Plain Wine Region in South Jersey. Working with thousands of tourism stakeholders, VSJ promotes travel to the region by marketing South Jersey as a destination. VSJ is a non-profit organization supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. VSJ is a member-based organization open to all businesses in its territory. For more information about travel to South Jersey, or for a copy of the Visitor’s Guide, go to visitsouthjersey.com. Facebook: Visit South Jersey, Instagram: @Visit_South_Jersey
About the Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association:
OCPVA was formed in 2008 and currently boasts greater than 40 members; the organization is devoted to the study and practice of grape growing in recognition of the fundamental importance of quality fruit in the wine industry triad of the grape grower, wine maker, and consumer. The OCPVA membership has collaborated on a signature red blend, Coeur d’Est that speaks to the unique terroir of the Outer Coastal Plain. Learn more at: outercoastalplain.com.
About The Outer Coastal Plain AVA:
The Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (AVA) covers over 2.25 million acres in Southeastern New Jersey and was established by the federal government in 2006. There are nearly 200 AVAs currently in the US and the Outer Coastal Plain AVA is among the top 10% in size. The wine industry in this AVA currently comprises all of Cumberland, Cape May, Atlantic, and Ocean counties and portions of Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, and Monmouth counties.
For Your Reference: The term AVA is short for “American Viticultural Area.” AVA’s are official wine grape growing regions of the United States designated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. In order for a region to be approved as an AVA, it must be able to prove its identity as a unique physiographic region and as a region that is beneficial to grape growing. Some of the criteria used by the federal government to determine whether an area meets this standard include distinct climate, soil type and elevation, and other physical features as well as a history of wine grape growing. There are nearly 200 AVA’s currently in the US. (from outercoastalplain.com)