Hit the (Wine) Trail in the Garden State
Cheers to New Jersey's growing wine industry! Did you know that there are more than 40 varieties of grapes growing in the state? So whether you fancy Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Sangiovese, you're sure to satisfy your "grape" expectations (or blueberry!) at a New Jersey winery and vineyard. Download and print this vino-inspired graphic as your guide to hitting the wine trail in the Garden State.
Over 50 Wineries Statewide
Keeping count of the state's wineries and vineyards? The number just passed 50, and that's good news for wine lovers and locavores! From Amalthea Cellars in Atco to White Horse Winery in Hammonton, Alba Vineyard in Warren County (northwest) to Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery in Cape May County (southeast), the state is dotted with scenic spots to sample and purchase locally made wines.
Vintage North Jersey Trail
Pair 10 wineries and four counties (Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and Mercer), and you get the Vintage North Jersey Trail. Explore the rugged terrain and rolling countryside of this part of the state while you sample a variety of wines. Plan your wine journey via Vintage North Jersey.
Go Places with a NJ Wine Passport
The Garden State Wine Growers Association offers a fun incentive for visiting the state's wineries: the NJ Passport Program. Simply pick up a passport at participating wineries and have it stamped as you sample your way across the state. Your completed passport can be entered into a drawing for a wine vacation! (P.S. The Passport is now available as an app, which also helps you locate wine events.)
Red, White or Blueberry?
Sure, grapes are the go-to fruit for winemakers, but some New Jersey wineries know that the blueberry—the state's official fruit—makes for some fine sipping. Head to DiMatteo Vineyards in the "Blueberry Capital of the World" (aka Hammonton) for a fruity wine that pairs well with desserts and soft cheeses. You can also try sparkling blueberry and blueberry moscato from Tomasello Winery, also in Hammonton. And Working Dog Winery in East Windsor recommends trying its blueberry wine with vanilla ice cream!
Enjoy Carefree Vineyard Hopping
Sit back in a luxury limo and leave the driving to New Jersey Wine Tours. The company's prepackaged tours last about five hours and make stops at two or three wineries—offering ample time to taste, ask questions and add to your wine cellar. Customized tours are also available.
Hunterdon County Wine Trail
The scenic landscape of Hunterdon County has prompted some wine enthusiasts to nickname it the "Napa Valley" of NJ. The four wineries on this trail include two in Ringoes (Old York Cellars and Unionville Vineyards), plus Beneduce Vineyards and Mount Salem Vineyards in Pittstown. Watch for fun events throughout the year!
Two Bridges Wine Trail
Discover a (grape) cluster of wineries located between the Delaware Memorial and Commodore Barry bridges in the Gloucester/Salem County region. The Two Bridges Wine Trail includes Cedarvale Winery, Heritage Vineyards, Summit City Farms & Winery, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Coda Rossa Winery, Bellview Winery, Wagonhouse Winery and Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery. Chestnut Run Farm, specializing in Asian pear wine, is also part of this winemaking community, offering tastings on special occasions.
4 Wine Trail Weekends
The Garden State Wine Growers Association organizes four Wine Trail Weekends throughout the year. Mark your calendar now for the Holiday Wine Trail Weekend on November 24-26. In 2018, you can enjoy the Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend (February 10-11), Mother's Day Wine Trail Weekend (May 12-13) and Barrel Trail Weekend (July 14-15). And don't stop at a weekend. New Jersey Wine Week is coming up: November 13-20, 2017!
Cape May Wine Trail
This wine trail is growing by leaps and bounds—and between the Delaware Bay and the Jersey Shore. Cap your Cape May getaway with visits to six wineries. Find out more at South Jersey Tourism's site, Vintage South Jersey.
Wine & Ale Trail of South Jersey
Can't decide between the barrel or the bottle? Experience the state's first Wine & Ale Trail and make everyone happy. Tip: to enjoy this trail to the fullest, it's best to split it into at least two days.
Late summer into fall is a lovely time to plan a winery tour or wine tasting weekend getaway. Many New Jersey wineries offer a lively calendar of music and food events—and are available to rent for meetings, weddings and special events. Check out this NJ wine tasting trip idea, plus download a free NJ travel guide or sign up for e-news from New Jersey Travel and Tourism. To explore more NJ wine news, visit the official website of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.