Common Fruits of New Jersey Create Specialty Wines

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What do apples, pumpkins, blueberries and strawberries have in common? Other than all being fruits, they are the ingredients for some specialty wines at Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere, New Jersey.

Decades ago, Robert (Matty) Matarazzo and his wife Laurie started a winery out in the countryside of Warren County, New Jersey. The tradition started four generations ago in North Caldwell with Constantino and Filomena Matarazzo. That farm still thrives today, where much of the land around them is developed. Matty and Laurie have four daughters, hence the name Four Sisters Winery. As a farmer of all types of fruits and vegetables it was not long before Matty and Laurie began to use other fruits from the farm to create a series of specialty wines. The first specialty wines were of strawberry, apple, raspberry and peach. The wines were produced from fruits grown on the 250 acre farm, creating a true farm-to-glass experience.

Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery in Pilesgrove is another winery that uses locally made fruits to create their popular wines. Make the scenic drive out to the lush farmlands and pastures, and visit The Enoteca Wine Bar onsite to enjoy a glass of their sweet specialty wines, such as Hill Creek Apple Wine or Give Peach a Chance, a blend of Jersey-grown peaches and crisp white wine. 

Tomasello Winery, which has numerous tasting rooms throughout New Jersey, is one of the oldest wineries in the state, and their award-winning fruit wines are a must-try experience. Sip on fan favorites, such as blueberry moscato, cranberry moscato, spiced apple wine, blackberry wine and sparkling blueberry wine. 

In Ringoes, stop into Old York Cellars, located on a 25-acre farm, where you can sample wines in the tasting room and go on a tour of the vineyards. Enjoy a glass of peach wine or blackberry wine, made with locally grown fruits, which are perfect for pairing with a dessert. 

DiMatteo Vineyards in Hammonton also makes the most of New Jersey-grown fruits to concoct their flavorful fruit wines, such as blueberry wine (ideal for enjoying with chocolate cake or soft cheeses), cranberry wine (which is a top-seller around the holidays) and strawberry wine (a must-try with cakes and fruit-based desserts). 

Explore more wineries in New Jersey to discover even more fruit wines made with local produce.