Edible Jersey celebrates all things grown and made in New Jersey, and that includes wine. From the sandy soils of South Jersey to the cool climate along the Delaware River to the rocky regions of the North, our state is producing higher quality wine than ever before.
New Jersey wineries are growing in number, and in prestige. Seasoned and novice viticulturists alike are discovering what New Jersey farmers have known for generations: New Jersey is a wonderful place to grow and produce delicious food and drink.
We invite you to use this guide to explore some of the Garden State’s wineries this fall. You will enjoy beautiful scenic settings, inviting tasting rooms, warm hospitality and a taste of one of New Jersey’s most exciting industries. For more information and other winery locations, visit newjerseywines.com. — N. Painter
WINE “FRIENDS AND EVENTS”
GARDEN STATE WINE GROWERS ASSOCIATION | Established in 1984 and serving as an advocate, resource and cheerleader for all things related to New Jersey wines, the GSWGA hosts numerous festivals statewide. Don’t miss this year’s Jersey Fresh Grand Harvest Wine Festival on October 1 & 2, and their Cape May Wine Experience held on October 8 & 9. newjerseywines.com
SHAWANGUNK WINE TRAIL | The Shawangunk Wine Trail is home to 15 uniquely diverse NY wineries nestled between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River, just 60 miles north of NYC. Their member wineries produce award-winning red and white wines, and distilled spirits. Join them for their upcoming Wreath Fineries at the Wineries event during November and December. gunkswine.com
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP FALL HARVEST WINE FESTIVAL | October 22 & 23 noon-5pm. It’s a celebration of Fall at the Jersey Shore! Sample dozens of wines from some of New Jersey’s leading wineries. Lots of vendors, crafters, live music and food. Enjoy the beautiful lake-front and bring a blanket and chairs to eat, sit and sip. Manahawkin Lake Park, Manahawkin. Visit stafford-2016winefest.eventbrite.com for tickets.
Pairs perfectly with cheese and fresh fruit or on its own as an easy sipping desert wine.
2014 Signature Series Cabernet Franc
Earthy and smooth with notes of blackberry, baker’s chocolate and plum, and successor to the Governor’s Cup-winning 2012 vintage.
2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Rich, full-bodied, and smooth-textured this elegant wine delivers a pure core of dark fruit and wild berry flavors that are intense and persistent.
4JG’S ORCHARDS AND VINEYARDS
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition medal winner. Carefully crafted, pale color, touches of grapefruit and citrus, with a hint of oak.
CAPE MAY WINERY
2014 Isaac Smith Syrah
Satiny and fascinating with fruit driven fl avors of dark cherry and chocolate, sailing into a lingering finish. Release date: September 24, 2016.
OLD YORK CELLARS
Medium-bodied Syrah with rich, red fruit, earthy notes and hints of spice, complemented by soft round tannins and a dry finish.
4 JG’S ORCHARDS & VINEYARDS
127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck
4JG’s Orchards & Vineyards is located on a historical farm in the sprawling horse country of Monmouth County. Owned and operated by the Giunco family, this vineyard offers internationally award-winning wines. 4JG’s wines are grown and handcrafted from grapes grown on the estate with uncompromising quality.
269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Village of Finesville, Milford
Founded in 1982, Alba has created a recognizable style of wine making which borrows from the past, looks to the future, and emulates the finest wineries in the world. It all starts in the vineyard, with a firm belief in minimal-impact, sustainable viticulture, and follows through to the store shelf.
CAPE MAY WINERY
711 Townbank Road, Cape May
This winery produces some of South Jersey’s most distinguished wines from over 16 different varieties of grapes. Experience the winery with a visit to one of their three tasting rooms, 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 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.
HAWK HAVEN VINEYARDS
600 South Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande
There’s something for everyone at Hawk Haven, located in beautiful Cape May County. Enjoy an educational wine tasting or tour their vineyard and winery for a lesson in viticulture. Relax in the vineyard with a glass of wine paired with a gourmet cheese plate. Live music events on select dates.
HOPEWELL VALLEY VINEYARDS
46 Yard Road, Pennington
A local gem of New Jersey, this vineyard is located at the base of the Sourland Mountains, providing stunning views. The Neri family brings three generations of Tuscan winemaking experience to the beautiful Hopewell Valley. By blending Old World traditions with New World fl air, they create award-winning wines.
MELICK’S TOWN FARM WINERY & CIDERY
For nearly 300 years, the Melick family has provided the community with delicious, locally grown, farm fresh fruits and vegetables. They press their own fresh apple cider and also have Chardonnay and apple wine made from their own grapes and hard cider. Pick up a bottle at any of their locations: Oldwick Farm Market, Califon Orchards, Cider Mill & Orchard (Oldwick) and Bridgewater Market.
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. In addition to wine tasting, Old York also hosts an array of events from music to yoga.
TERHUNE ORCHARDS VINEYARD AND WINERY
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
The vineyard and winery, part of the 200-acre Mount family fruit and vegetable farm, offers award-winning red, white and apple wines made from estate grown Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc and their own fruit. Visit the tasting room, found in their historic 150 year old barn and enjoy pick-your-own activities.
9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes
Unionville Vineyards crafts terroir-driven fine wines from grapes grown on 55 acres of estate vineyards across three New Jersey counties. Their range of soil types, macroclimates, and topography allows their winemaker to craft diverse wines which showcase the concept of terroir and allows the opportunity to make exquisite, award-winning wines.
VILLA MILAGRO VINEYARDS
33 Warren Glen Road, Finesville
With miraculous views of two states and the Delaware and Musconetcong rivers, visiting Villa Milagro is like a local escape to the world’s leading wine regions. Sip their boutique, old-world style wines and be transported. Visit to enjoy food & wine parings, wine classes, alfresco dinners and more. Bienvenidos!
• NEW JERSEY CIDERIES •
JERSEY CIDER WORKS
360 County Road 579, Asbury
Made exclusively from fresh-pressed apples, their Ironbound Hard Cider has a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity with just a hint of metallic funk. The dance of carbonation, combined with the richness of tannins, produces a satisfying mouthfeel and a clean, fresh apple finish. No added sugar. No added sulfites. Gluten-free.
TWISTED LIMB HARD CIDER
Twisted Limb’s hard ciders are all natural, created from local ingredients. Using only apples, honey, and yeast they create unique blends of crisp refreshing ciders. Their Original Hard Cider has tart flavors and notes of oak, while their Bavarian Hard Cider has hints of honey complementing a sharper taste. Tours/tastings available.