Pam and Gary Mount purchased Terhune Orchards, the home farm of 55 acres on Cold Soil Road.
Terhune Orchards expanded when the Mounts purchased the 67-acre permanently preserved “Johnson Farm” on Van Kirk Road. These open fields, once prepared for farming and rejuvenated, presented lots of possibilities for new directions for Terhune Orchards. Daughter Tannwen returned to the family farm full-time after living in San Francisco for six years, enthusiastic about the idea of a vineyard and winery.
Gary and Tannwen planted 12 varieties of grapes on three and half acres of land to see what would grow well in the central New Jersey climate and Terhune soils. The largest amounts were in Chamborcin, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Traminette.
After four years of loving care, the first crop of grapes was harvested.
By September of 2010, the wine was in the bottle with seven varieties and the Terhune Orchards tasting room was open at the farm’s historic barn. Son-in-law Mike Hanewald and Gary had spent several years perfecting apple wine made from Terhune Orchards’ own apple cider, so that was added to the list of offerings.
The vineyards have been expanded to nine acres of grapes and 16 varieties of wine, including three fruit wines made from Terhune Orchards’ own apple cider.