Sky Acres Winery is located in horse country in central New Jersey about 1 hour west of NYC. This area consists of large farm tracts, most of which are protected from future development. The winery and vineyard are located in 50 acres of pristine woodlands and pasture. The name of the winery comes from our long time interest in aviation and the logo represents our red Waco YMF5 biplane.
Meera and Vijay Singh
The winery and vineyard is primarily used for research into new and more sustainable ways to make wine. Better quality wine with minimal water usage and minimal environmental impact is our goal. It is a test site to evaluate our patented GOfermentor™ winemaking machine, our GObarrel™ aging system, and many other innovations. These products are all being currently commercialized, so that wineries all over the world can utilize these innovations to become more sustainable.
It’s in the Bag
A former pharma exec’s invention aims to take the mess out of winemaking.
By Marlaina Cockcroft
Vijay and Meera Singh want to clean up the winemaking business. “It’s just a mess,” says Vijay, a former pharmaceutical executive. “It’s so dirty a job.” His solution: a machine that ferments at the touch of a button. “In a funny way, our wine is made kind of like a pharma process,” says Singh. “Everything is clean, closed, sterile. No muck, no dirt.” At the heart of the process is GOfermentor, a machine he invented to automate winemaking. A number of wineries have given GOfermentor a spin, and wines produced using the machine at Sky Acres, the Singhs’ winery in Far Hills, have been honored in international competitions.
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San Francisco Chronicle Awards
After receiving 7,000 entries from 28 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few, with our Cabernet Franc NJ 2015 winning Gold, our Black River Red 2015 winning Silver and our Petite Syrah 2015 winning the Bronze.
Cabernet Franc NJ 2015
Black River Red 2015
Petite Syrah 2015
Artisan Awards Wine Competition attracts brands from all over the world. Experienced expert judging panel blind-tasted and judged on 100-point scale.
Petite Syrah 2015 wins Gold
Black River Red wins Silver
Harvest Challenge Award
At the Harvest Challenge, judges taste wines with other wines of the same appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality.
Petite Syrah 2014 wins Bronze
The story of Sky Acres Winery in the Black River Journal Late Summer 2016
By C.G. Wolfe
The tranquil, monophonic intones of Gregorian chants washed over the blushing Petite Syrahs and Cabernet Francs at Sky Acres Winery in Bedminster. Winding down the long drive of the property’s anonymous entrance in Somerset County’s “horse country,” the only hint that you are approaching a winery, is a neatly arrayed, three-acre vineyard of sprouting shoots and twisting tendrils. At Sky Acres, there are no tanks, traditional presses, cooperages, wastewater treatment facilities, or other machinery and outbuildings typically associated with commercial wine production. Utilizing an innovative, sustainable, and forward-thinking new process of winemaking, vintners Meera and Vijay Singh, have compressed their entire winery into the spotless stalls of an immaculately converted, pre-existing horse stable, abutted by woods, rolling green fields, and a tidy chicken coop, creating a “zero footprint winery.”
Vijay Singh describes himself as a “lazy” person, an odd claim for a world-recognized biotech scientist who holds more than 20 patents, has published hundreds of papers, and who revolutionized the production of biopharmaceuticals in the late 1990s, with the Wave Bioreactor, a low cost, labor-saving, innovation in cell cultivation that is used in nearly every biotech/pharmaceutical manufacturing company today.
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