Vintage New Jersey: Terre à Terre Joins Elite Group of NJ Restaurants to Offer Local Wines

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Terre à Terre, Carlstadt’s vibrant farm-to-table eatery and artisan market, is extending its commitment to feature “local” on its menu and in its artisan market, Carlstadt-based Terre à Terre is now offering a selection of fine wines from Hunterdon County’s Unionville Vineyard.

Extending its commitment to feature “local” on its menu and in its artisan market, Carlstadt-based Terre à Terre is now offering a selection of fine wines from Hunterdon County’s Unionville Vineyard. Terre à Terre, a farm-to-table eatery serving New American cuisine, is the fifth Bergen County location to offer Unionville’s award-winning wines.

“Good wineries in the state of New Jersey have been one of our best-kept secrets,” said Chef Owner Todd Villani. “In fact, many of our state’s wines have been recognized as world-class in international wine competitions. Over the last several years, Unionville has won multiple awards for many of their whites and dessert wines. For the skeptics among us, it's important to note that Unionville's Chardonnay took second place finish to France in the 2012 Judgment of Princeton Wine Competition – a prestigious event to compare by blind tasting several French wines against wines produced in New Jersey.

Unionville Vineyards is the only New Jersey winery recommended in Robert Parker’s Buying Guide. They have produced 90 point scores and Gold and Double Gold medals.

“We believe the wine really completes the experience for our patrons. We are extending our commitment to locally sourced produce, meat, and dairy so our guests meal can now be complemented by exceptional local wines that bring one more piece of our Garden State to the dining table," added Villani.

Terre à Terre’s arrangement with Unionville Vineyard is part of a state law that allows New Jersey’s wineries to lease space at locations in the state to display and sell wine. Under this arrangement, Terre à Terre will not sell any other wine labels and patrons can continue to bring their own wine and beer.

“Terre à Terre marks our first restaurant in the southern Bergen County area and we think the cuisine will be a perfect match for Unionville Vineyards,” said Winemaker Cam Stark.

Fork and Cork Dinner and Tasting
To celebrate the new relationship and introduce patrons to the wine, Terre à Terre and Unionville will co-host a food and wine tasting. Fork and Cork will be held on September 16 at 7 p.m. and will feature a 5-course prix fixe with each course featuring a different wine selection.

About Terre à Terre
In creating Terre à Terre, translated as down to earth, Chef Villani brings many years of restaurant experience working for some of Manhattan’s top restaurants, including Marcus Samuelsson’s renowned Aquavit restaurant and at his subsidiary interest, World Yacht, combining simple fresh foods with a creative blend of exotic flavors and ingredients – his signature approach to preparing foods with an international flair.

Terre à Terre has received acclaim for its cuisine, receiving a “very good” from the New York Times and 3 ½ stars from NJ Monthly. In recognition for its green practices, the restaurant is a 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant®.

With nearly 50 seats, a private dining area and outdoor garden, the Chef’s Table, which offers a multi-course gourmand tasting menu, Terre à Terre provides dining from Wednesday through Saturday 5:30 – 10:00 and on Sunday for brunch 11:00 – 2:30 p.m. In addition to private parties, the restaurant also does catering.

Terre à Terre is located at 312 Hackensack Street. For more information, or to learn more about the farmers and artisans supplying Terre à Terre, visit The restaurant takes reservations online at and by phone at 201.507.0500.

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