New Jersey is now the seventh largest wine producing state in the nation—and growing. Recent legislation is spurring wine sales; varietals are ranking strong in international and domestic tasting competitions; new wineries are making their debut statewide.
With its unique combination of climate, soil, and topography, New Jersey is home to three designated American Viticulture Areas (AVAs): Warren Hills, Central Delaware Valley, and the Outer Coastal Plain. These internationally recognized designations, coupled with the talents of vintners throughout the state, point the way to a bright future for Garden State wines.
We invite you to use this guide to explore some of the Garden State’s wineries this fall. Youwill enjoy beautiful scenic settings, inviting tasting rooms, warm hospitality and a taste of one of the New Jersey’s most exciting industries. For more information and other winery locations, visit newjerseywines.com. —N. Painter
269 Route 627, Village of Finesville, Milford
Founded in 1982, Alba Vineyard has been the most award-winning winery in New Jersey for the last ten years. Discover the charm of Alba’s Colonial-era limestone walls and oak beam cellars, and experience their passionate artistry for crafting farm estate premium wines, with a visit to this beautiful corner of New Jersey.
209 Vineyard Road, Atco
Amalthea Cellars continues to make world class wines that exemplify the great wines of the world. Surrounded by vineyards, Amalthea will transport you to old world France or Tuscany with its picturesque outdoor seating, tasting rooms and barrel cellar. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm, and offering both complimentary and VIP tastings.
150 Atlantic Street, Landisville
Located in the heart of South Jersey, Bellview Winery was a long-time dream of owners Jim and Nancy Quarella. Jim, a successful fourth-generation farmer, learned a love of winemaking as a young man. Now he’s turned his skills to crafting award-winning wines. The winery is home to 42 acres of grape, with over twenty varieties planted.
BROOK HOLLOW WINERY
594 Route 94, Columbia
Brook Hollow Winery, a family farm, is nestled in the heart of the scenic Delaware Water Gap area of New Jersey. Each hand-crafted wine is fermented, aged, and bottled by the family. Brook Hollow Winery prides itself in delivering complex varietals that can be enjoyed alone or easily paired with your favorite meal.
CAPE MAY WINERY
711 Townbank Road, Cape May
Cape May Winery produces some of South Jersey’s most distinguished wines from over 16 different varieties of grapes. Experience their winery with a visit to one of their three tasting rooms, enjoy their charming deck or patio, or go on a tour, where novice and experienced wine drinkers learn the behind-the-scenes art and science of winemaking.
FOUR JG’S VINEYARDS
127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck
Owned and operated by the Giunco family (the 4 JG’s), this vineyard offers award-winning, handcrafted wines barrel-aged in the finest oak. The winery property has been farmed since Colonial times and is undeniably one of the most serene and beautiful places in Monmouth County. Open Saturdays and Sundays, September 7 through December 22, for tastings.
FOUR SISTERS WINERY
783 County Road 519, Belvidere
Owned by Robert J. (Matty) and Laurie Matarazzo, Four Sisters Winery is named after the couple’s four daughters. The winery has received over 100 state, regional and international awards since opening in 1984. Wine tasting is available on weekdays, and wine cellar tours take place on weekends. Open six days a week from 11am – 6pm; closed Wednesdays.
HOPEWELL VALLEY VINEYARDS
46 Yard Road, Pennington
Hopewell Valley Vineyards is a local gem New Jersey can be proud of. Blending Old World flair with New World style, the Neri family brings three generations of Tuscan wine making experience to the beautiful Hopewell Valley. Their finely-crafted wines have dependably returned with medals from hundreds of local, national, and international wine competitions.
OLD YORK CELLARS
80 Old York Road, Ringoes
Nestled in the beautiful Sourland Mountains of Hunterdon County, Old York Cellars is the perfect vineyard escape. Guests are invited to bring something to eat, and enjoy the vineyard views while sipping award-winning wines. The winery is open daily noon-5pm, and in addition to wine tasting, also hosts an array of events from music to yoga.
TERHUNE ORCHARDS VINEYARD AND WINERY
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
The Vineyard and Winery are now part of this working family fruit and vegetable farm. Visit the tasting room in Terhune’s historic 150 year old barn to enjoy an awardwinning selection of red, white, and apple wines. Enjoy fall harvest festival weekends through October, as well as fall farm activities for everyone.
9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes
Located on 88 acres of preserved farmland in the rolling countryside of Hunterdon County and known for its single vineyard and estate bottlings, Unionville is considered one of the preeminent wineries of the east coast. With over 50 acres under grapevine cultivation, winemaker Cameron Stark champions cool climate European varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Syrah, and Riesling.
1090 Route 206, Shamong
Valenzano’s luxurious 34,000 square foot wine tasting, production facility and event grounds provide an outstanding wine-trail experience. Don’t miss WineFest 2013 on Sept. 21-22. Billed as ‘South Jersey’s most popular wine festival’, it will feature four stages of entertainment, NJ wineries, helicopter rides, local restaurants, and more. Visit website for further info on festivals, dinner shows and musical events.
WILLOW CREEK WINERY
160-168 Stevens Street, West Cape May
609. 770. 8782
Located on Cape May Island, this 50 acre vineyard enjoys a unique microclimate reminiscent of Bordeaux, which leads to exceptional grape harvests. Visit, tour and taste Willow Creek’s handcrafted wines in their spectacular 12,000 square foot post-and-beam tasting room, an ideal venue for also enjoying delicious wine-paired menus and events. Ask about their annual “Adopt a Vine” program, too!
For more information on these and other New Jersey wineries, as well as wine-related news, events and trail maps visit the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s website at newjerseywines.com.
OVER THE BORDER
Within easy driving distance from the Garden State, these wineries are well worth a day trip or weekend visit to experience the wine offerings of Pennsylvania and New York.
LEHIGH VALLEY WINE TRAIL
Lehigh Valley, PA
Located in eastern Pennsylvania, just over the New Jersey border, this wine trail is home to eight family-owned vineyards and wineries committed to growing and producing premium wines. Designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2008, the Lehigh Valley is Pennsylvania’s fastest growing wine region. Join them for one of six annual events or any time for a wine tasting.
WARWICK VALLEY WINERY & DISTILLERY
114 Little York Road, Warwick, NY
Established in 1994, this Hudson Valley winery blends the quality standards of a European chateau, the freshness of a local farm and the friendly atmosphere of a favorite pub. Visit, tour, and taste their impressive line of wines and spirits, including their new Black Dirt Apple Jack, crafted from estate-grown and locally sourced fruit.
BEYOND THE VINE
It’s an exciting time for the wine, spirits and craft brew industry in New Jersey with many new artisans opening their doors and launching new products. Experience the Garden State’s craft beer renaissance with a visit to one of the new or established brewers and brew pubs statewide that offer tours and tastings. For information and locations, the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild’s website is a good place to start: njbeer.org.
Unfortunately, state law does not yet allow Jersey Artisan Distilling, which opened this past spring as New Jersey’s first distillery since Prohibition, to offer tastings at their Fairfield headquarters but you can partake in one of their spirited events being held at restaurants and other locations. Watch for news about the debut of their first product this fall, Busted Barrel Silver Rum, soon to be followed by vodka, gin, bourbon and more, at jerseyartisandistilling.com.