Fenwick Wine Cellars breaks ground on new home

Date Published: 
June 24, 2016

Coastal Point • Submitted: Fenwick Wine Cellars recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new location near Frankford. Pictured, from left, are: David Smith, Delaware Department of Agriculture; Katie Duke, tasting room manager; Len Salva, SCORE Delaware; Jessica Vanek-Mobilia; Adrian Mobilia; Kristi Maravalli of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce; and state Rep. Ron Gray.Coastal Point • Submitted: Fenwick Wine Cellars recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new location near Frankford. Pictured, from left, are: David Smith, Delaware Department of Agriculture; Katie Duke, tasting room manager; Len Salva, SCORE Delaware; Jessica Vanek-Mobilia; Adrian Mobilia; Kristi Maravalli of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce; and state Rep. Ron Gray.Fenwick Wine Cellars held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, June 2, in celebration of the winery’s expanded facility construction and its new 26-acre property in Frankford, just north of its former location on Route 54 near Selbyville.

The homegrown winery business, owned by fourth-generation farmer Adrian Mobilia, first opened in 2010, with a goal to provide the community with the relaxing experience of an actual vineyard while learning about the wine and the importance of agriculture.

“We leased a building as a test, with the long-term plan always being our own land and building,” explained Mobilia. The hard part was finding the right piece of property. “We had been looking for land for three years,” he said. “Last year, we finally found the right space and purchased it.”

The Fenwick Wine Cellars team has already planted two acres of both cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes, with plans for several more varietals. Mobilia said he feels there is still room in the Delaware market for a winery and event space.

“We definitely still see a void and are hoping we can fill it with our new tasting room and larger facility. ... Finally, a venue for events located in lower Delaware!”