BCSJ Board Members at SaddleHill Winery

Businesses Committed to South Jersey (BCSJ) Hosts Networking Event at SaddleHill Winery

July 1, 2024 – VOORHEES, NJ – Businesses Committed to South Jersey (BCSJ) recently held a highly successful networking event at SaddleHill Winery, the newest addition to Voorhees’ vibrant business community. The event, generously sponsored by Wolf Commercial Real Estate and Vissi Architecture and Design, brought together a diverse group of professionals and community leaders to celebrate the winery’s opening and explore opportunities for economic collaboration and growth in the region.

Camden County Commissioner, Jeffrey Nash, was a keynote speaker at the event and Louis Cappelli , Commissioner Director, also attended. Jeffrey highlighted the rich history of the property, which dates back to 1773 when George Washington gifted the land to his bodyguard, the Stafford family. Bill and Amy Green, the fourth owners since its inception, purchased the farm in 2021 and transformed it from its previous use as Stafford Farm, a well-known horse farm specializing in trotters, into a burgeoning winery.

Commissioner Director, Cappelli praised the Greens for their commitment to working with the County and Voorhees officials in preserving the land, which was to be used exclusively for farming to prevent commercial development. Bill Green sought permission to establish a winery, which aligned perfectly with the area’s agricultural preservation goals.

SaddleHill Winery stands as a testament to New Jersey’s flourishing wine industry, which has become a significant contributor to the state’s economy and tourism. New Jersey is now the seventh-largest producer of domestic wine in the United States, with an impressive 50 million bottles sold annually. The state is home to 70 wineries, 30 of which are in South Jersey, emphasizing the region’s prominence in the wine industry.

The Green’s winery, situated on 27 acres of vineyards, sources 75% of its grapes from New Jersey, supporting local agriculture and offering a unique taste of the region’s terroir.

“SaddleHill Winery was the ideal location to speak with and engage with the members of BCSJ in a lively conversation about how we can work together to support business and industry in South Jersey,” Nash said. “Being able to stand in the region’s newest winery and talk about the tremendous upside to agritourism was exhilarating with a group that cares so deeply about the tri-county area. I’m looking forward to getting back to Saddle Hill in the near future and continuing my dialogue about ensuring that South Jersey continues to thrive now and into the future.”

The BCSJ event at SaddleHill Winery underscored the importance of local businesses in fostering economic growth and community engagement. Attendees had the opportunity to network, share insights, and enjoy the exceptional wines produced at SaddleHill, further solidifying the winery’s role as a cornerstone of South Jersey’s business and agricultural landscape.