About the Winemakers

For the owners of Westfall Winery, wine is not just their business. It is a labor of love.  Loren and Georgene Mortimer met while students at Ithaca College in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine region of New York State. Visiting wineries and vineyards in that region, they developed both a lifelong love for each other and a passion for world class wines.

Georgene grew up in a big Italian family where home winemaking was a way of life. Naturally when she and Loren started a family they continued the tradition. "It was a great way for the family to spend time together," Georgene remarked, "the kids used to love getting messy crushing and pressing the grapes." In the spring of 2000, Loren and Georgene decided to turn their family pastime into a family business and started their own winery, Westfall Winery, at the Mortimer family's historic Westfall Farm in Montague, NJ.

Georgene Mortimer used her background in biology, geology and her PhD in Environmental Science to perfect their wine making skills and soon they began to produce award-winning wines.

In 2006, Loren and Georgene opened Island Winery in Hilton Head Island South Carolina. They divided their time between Westfall and Island WInery until 2016. Now they spend all of their time in South Carolina running the Island Winery. If you ever find yourself in Hilton Head, SC, please send and email to receive a "Westfall Discount".



12A Cardinal Rd, Hilton Head SC  29926                                                                                                                islandwinery@gmail.com