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Exploring New Jersey Wine Country

Exploring New Jersey Wine Country

Vineyards at Working Dog Winery in Hightstown, NJ | Photo credit: Working Dog Winery

The Northeast is a popular travel destination from the larger cities of New York and Philadelphia to the idyllic nature getaways in Hudson Valley or even Delaware or Maryland. Some famous wine getaways near here are as far away as the Finger Lakes or Virginia, but just a quick rental car drive away are the winery trips and trails available in New Jersey. And anyone with bonafide New Jersey pride knows that any getaway you can imagine is available just a short ride away.

Depending on your starting point, here’s some recommended journeys through NJ Wine Country. Awaiting you are the 52 wineries currently open in the state.

Head down the Garden State Parkway from the New York area, and head down the proverbial shore. There are miles of beaches and boardwalks and if you’ve had your fix of the sun, head out to these nearby wineries. In Monmouth and Ocean County, these wineries are just a short ride away. 

 

4 JG’s Orchards Vineyards

Colts Neck, NJ

https://www.4jgswinery.com/

 

Cream Ridge Winery

Cream Ridge, NJ

https://www.creamridgewinery.com/

 

Fox Hollow Vineyards

Holmdel, NJ

https://www.foxhollowvineyards.com/

 

Laurita Winery

New Egypt, NJ

https://lauritawinery.com/

 

Travel down the coast of New Jersey, and you’ll hit the southernmost tip of NJ, the Cape May Peninsula. Cape May itself is a popular and charming seaside town and the namesake for one of the state’s most exciting new AVAs. 

 

Cape May Winery & Vineyard

North Cape May, NJ

https://capemaywinery.com/

 

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

Rio Grande, NJ

https://hawkhavenvineyard.com/

 

Jessie Creek Winery

Dias Creek, NJ

https://jessiecreekwinery.com/

 

Natali Vineyards

Goshen, NJ

https://natalivineyards.com/

 

Turdo Vineyards & Winery

North Cape May, NJ

https://www.turdovineyards.com/

 

Willow Creek Winery

West Cape May, NJ

https://willowcreekwinerycapemay.com/

 

The patio at Willow Creek Winery | Photo credit: Willow Creek Winery

Just north of Cape May is Cumberland County where three new wineries await you.

 

Cedar Rose Vineyards

Millville, NJ

https://cedarrosevineyards.com/

 

Frightened Turtle

Bridgeton, NJ

http://www.sunnyslope.com/frightenedturtlewinery.html

 

Terra Nonno Vineyard & Winery

Millville, NJ

https://terranonno.com/

 

After spending time in Atlantic City, check out the rest of the county where it’s home to many of the wineries that make up the Outer Coastal Plains AVA, the largest in the state.

Here you can explore the parks that make up the NJ Pine Barrens and New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve. You can visit Renault Winery, the second-oldest operating winery in the country as well as a cluster of wineries located in Hammonton, known as the blueberry capital of the world, but also home to some of the state’s best wineries. You can also visit and taste many of the winning wines at the 2020’s Governor’s Cup—be sure to taste Sharrot’s Best in Show winning red Merlot. 

This AVA covers much of the southern part of the state and is known for its well-drained soils and maritime climate; you’ll find warm and ripe Bordeaux blends along with innovative and quenchable sparklings and whites. 

 

Amalthea Cellars

Atco, NJ

https://amaltheacellars.com/

 

Balic Winery

Mays Landing, NJ

https://www.balicwinery.com/

 

Bellview Winery

Landisville, NJ

https://bellviewwinery.com/

 

DiMatteo’s Vineyards

Hammonton, NJ

https://www.dimatteofamilyvineyards.com/

 

Plagido’s Winery

Hammonton, NJ

https://www.plagidoswinery.com/

 

Renault Winery

Egg Harbor City, NJ

https://www.renaultwinery.com/

 

Sharrott Winery

Hammonton, NJ

https://sharrottwinery.com/

 

Tomasello Winery

Hammonton, NJ

https://tomasellowinery.com/

 

Valenzano Winery – located in lower Burlington County 

Shamong, NJ

https://valenzanowine.com/

 

White Horse Winery

Hammonton, NJ

https://www.whitehorsewinery.com/

Bellview Winery in Landisville, NJ | Photo credit: Bellview Winery

 

Head west or head out a short ride from Philadelphia, and you’re exploring New Jersey’s farmlands in Gloucester and Salem Counties. This area is also part of the Pinelands National Reserve and includes the Red Bank Battlefield for wildlife lovers and historical aficionados. Intersperse that with some (responsible) day drinking of Vinifera along the way.  Most of the wineries in this region are also part of the Outer Coastal Plain AVA.

 

Auburn Road Vineyards

Pilesgrove, NJ

https://www.auburnroadvineyards.com/

 

Autumn Lake Winery

Williamstown, NJ

https://autumnlakewinery.com/

 

Blue Cork Winery

Williamstown, NJ

www.bluecorkwinery.com

 

Cedarvale Winery

Logan Twp., NJ

https://cedarvalewinery.com/

 

Chestnut Run Farm

Pilesgrove, NJ

https://chestnutrunfarm.com/

 

Coda Rossa Winery

Franklinville, NJ

https://codarossa.com/

 

DiBella Winery

Woolwich Twp., NJ

http://www.dibellawinery.com/

 

Monroeville Vineyard & Winery

Monroeville, NJ

https://monroevillewinery.com/

 

Salem Oak Vineyards

Pedrickstown, NJ 

https://www.salemoakvineyards.com/

 

Summit City Winery

Glassboro, NJ

https://summitcityfarms.com/

 

Wagonhouse Winery

Swedesboro, NJ

https://www.wagonhousewinery.com/

 

William Heritage Winery

Mullica Hill, NJ

https://www.heritagewinenj.com/

 

The Warren Hills AVA covers the areas in Northern NJ abut to the Delaware River. It’s one of the cooler AVAs due to its more rural, vegetative, and mountainous nature. Enjoy time on the River or in the mountains while stopping by the some of the region’s six wineries, including the newest winery in the state, Little Ridge Vineyards in Phillipsburg, which just opened in June. You can also travel to Sussex County to visit the northernmost winery in the state.

 

Alba Vineyard

Finesville, NJ

https://www.albavineyard.com/

 

Villa Milagro

Phillipsburg, NJ

https://www.villamilagrovineyards.com/

 

Four Sisters Winery

White Township, NJ

https://www.foursisterswinery.com/

 

Little Ridge Vineyards

607 Ridge Road

Phillipsburg, NJ

https://www.littleridgenj.com/

 

Brook Hollow Winery

Columbia, NJ

https://www.brookhollowwinery.com/

 

Ventimiglia Vineyards – Sussex County

Wantage, NJ

http://ventivines.com/

 

Beneduce Vineyards in Pittstown, NJ | Photo credit: Beneduce Vineyards

Hunterdon and Mercer Counties are in Central Jersey and an easy trip from major cities in the region. Enjoy the scenic rides, small hikes, and charming towns, and make sure to check out these wineries:

 

Hunterdon County:

Beneduce Vineyards

Pittstown, NJ

https://beneducevineyards.com/

 

Federal Twist Vineyard

Stockton

https://www.federaltwistvineyard.com/

 

Mount Salem Vineyards

Pittstown, NJ

https://www.mountsalemvineyards.com/

 

Old York Cellars

Ringoes, NJ

https://www.oldyorkcellars.com/

 

Unionville Vineyards

Ringoes, NJ

https://unionvillevineyards.com/

 

Mercer County:

Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Pennington

https://www.hopewellvalleyvineyards.com/

 

Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery

Princeton

https://www.terhuneorchards.com/

 

Working Dog Winery

Hightsown

https://workingdogwinerynj.com/

 

Upper Burlington County

Iron Plow Vineyards

Columbus

https://www.ironplowvineyards.com/