Unionville Vineyards taps industry veteran John Cifelli to lead winery operations

Unionville Vineyards, one of the East Coast’s Finest Wineries, welcomes back former operations director John Cifelli as General Manager to oversee the execution of all functions of the winery’s business. Cameron Stark will remain on the winery team as winemaker and viticulturalist of the 90 acre Hunterdon County property. Robert Wilson, Unionville managing partner, said “We are very pleased to have John Cifelli back on the Unionville Vineyards team.  John’s earlier experience with Unionville and his most recent experience as Executive Director of the New Jersey Wine Growers Association provided him an excellent foundation for managing our growing Unionville Vineyards operation.  We look forward to working closely with John and Cameron Stark, our winemaker, to continue to bring the very best wine to the eastern United States.” 

 

Cifelli has served as Executive Director of the Garden State Wine Growers Association, leading the advocacy and marketing efforts of the statewide wine industry. The state now boasts over 50 wineries, and Cifelli was responsible for improving New Jersey’s economic and regulatory environment. “Working for the benefit of the statewide industry was rewarding work, and I’m excited to bring my experience and industry knowledge to Unionville.” said Cifelli. “I look forward to taking this opportunity to drive forward the fine wine movement in New Jersey.”

 

Unionville Vineyards is a preserved farm winery, first opened in 1988. The original farm house and post and beam barn, now converted to the tasting room, date to the middle 19th century. The property has been in various forms of agricultural production since then. Cameron Stark joined the team as winemaker in 2005, and Unionville has since achieved international acclaim, particularly for its Burgundian and Rhone varietals. The 2013 ‘Home Vineyard’ Chardonnay, grown on the winery property in Ringoes, won ‘Double Gold’ at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition which was announced Monday. “It’s the latest in a long history of accolades for Unionville, and an exciting promise of what’s to come,” said Wilson. “I’m thrilled with the team we have in place, and am confident that we will continue to flourish as a standout East Coast winery.”

 

Unionville Vineyards is open 7 days a week from 12-5pm for impromptu tastings and tours by appointment. Visit www.unionvillevineyards.com for more information or contact John Cifelli, General Manager at jcifelli@unionvillevineyards.com.

 

 

Bob Wilson & Lindy Eiref, owners