Located on soil that the Quarella family has been farming for a century sits one of New Jersey’s premier wineries. Bellview Winery, which opened its doors in 2000, has become a destination for more than just locals. Over the years Bellview has hosted wine lovers from across the country and abroad who have been very pleased to have stumbled upon our tucked away tasting room. Jim Quarella, founder and president of Bellview Winery, takes pride in crafting fine estate wines exclusively from the grapes that are cultivated here in our 50 acres of vineyards. Attention to detail is evident in each of our wines, which include over a dozen estate grown varietals as well as a selection of white, red, fruit, and specialty wines including a Port and an ice style wine. Bellview has also become well known for its Dandelion wine made from an old Quarella family recipe that goes back for generations. We strive to make wines of the highest quality that can be enjoyed by everyone from the wine enthusiast to the casual wine drinker.
Jim Quarella has always had a love for growing things. Working on the family farm with his father, Joe, and mother, Lettizia, since early childhood fostered an appreciation in him for all things agricultural. At the age of 16 Jim and some of his friends had an acre of vineyard that they tended for fun. However, as they got older the responsibilities of adulthood prevailed and the vineyard fell by the wayside as they pursued their careers. Twenty five years later Jim found himself dissatisfied with the vegetable market and was looking for a new direction. Vegetable farming just wasn’t what it used to be. After some reflection, it seemed that turning his family’s farm into a thriving vineyard and pursuing his dream of opening a winery was the natural direction for Bellview to take. With the blessing of his wife, Nancy, Bellview Winery was born.
The evolution of Bellview began in 1999 with the planting three acres of grapevines and the conversion of an old barn on the original 20 acre homestead into a tasting room and winery. The renovated building that is today’s winery houses Angelo’s original wine cellar where, for decades, Quarellas have made their wines. The new, “Bellview Winery” opened to the public a year later in 2001 and quickly became a landmark in its hometown, Landisville. Jim and Nancy faced many challenges as they steered Bellview Winery through it’s infancy, but also enjoyed major successes in the form of newspaper editorials and medals earned at wine competitions. As the winery grew, a larger production area was added, the vineyard was expanded and the tasting room was renovated. Currently, Bellview has 40 acres of vineyards made up of 21 varieties of wine grapes and produces over 8000 cases of wine per year. Jim’s youngest son, Scott Quarella, who will be the fifth generation of the Quarella family to tend to their estate is the future of Bellview Winery. June 7th, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of Bellview Farms with a wine festival and fireworks to mark the occasion. If only Angelo and Maria could see what Bellview has become. Who knows what the next 100 years might bring!