On July 19th & 20th, New Jersey wine enthusiasts will get a chance to sample future award-winning vintages direct from the barrel of their favorite wineries when the Garden State Wine Grower’s Association’s Barrel Trail and Wine Tasting Weekend is held at participating wineries across the state.
Northern New Jersey
The right soil conditions, grape varieties and weather play a large role in making good wine. A winemaker’s delicate touch steers the fruit towards his vision of what the wine should become. However, the character of the wine is also determined during the aging process, while stored in barrels. The age of the barrel, as well as the source of origin of the wood have dramatic effects on the final bottling.
“Barrel Trail Weekend is the best chance for NJ wine lovers to get firsthand experience with winemakers, and learn about how the wine develops and evolves from when the grapes are harvested to when the wine is released,” says John Cifelli, the association’s executive director. “The weekend is an educational and informative, but most of all it’s a lot of fun!”
Education indeed is a common theme across the state wine industry, as association members actively develop the weekend’s events to demystify wine. Travelers along the “Two Bridges” wine trail in southwest NJ, for example, will find that each participating winery is giving a short talk on a different phase in the winemaking process to enhance the afternoon of wine tasting.
GSWGA members will open their barrel rooms so that patrons can get a sense of what future wines will taste like. In addition, many wineries will be debuting new releases. Some will feature vertical or library tastings. Visitors will get the opportunity to see how the winemakers test their wines as they age and what they must do to bring a wine to maturity.
No matter where in New Jersey you live, there is a winery in your neck of the woods! For the full list of participating wineries, costs to attend, and details of the special offerings at each location, visit http://newjerseywines.com/events.html. The GSWGA has a full calendar of special opportunities to help you plan your visit to the rapidly increasing number of wineries across the state.
Cava Winery 3619 Rt-94, Hamburg, NJ 07419 (973) 823-9463
Live Music Every Weekend – Our bands play from 3 – 7 PM on Saturdays and 2 – 6 PM on Sundays. Check out our website and click on the calendar tab to see who is playing.
Westfall Winery 141 Clove Rd, Montague, NJ 07827 (973) 293-3428
Ventimiglia Vineyard 101 Layton Road, Wantage, NJ 07461 (973) 875-4333
Barrel Trail Weekend- July 19 & 20, 12-5pm - Taste our wide range of luscious wines including our newest releases. No reservation needed, $5 tasting fee. Additional $5 fee to tour the wine cellar and taste wines still in barrels or vats. Hear our winemaker Anthony describe the new wines and the winemaking process. Pack a picnic lunch and bring your walking shoes to experience early summer at the farm!
Brook Hollow Winery 594 New Jersey 94, Columbia, NJ 07832 (908) 496-8200
Four Sisters Winery 783 County Road 519, Belvidere, NJ 07823 (908) 475-3671
Barrel Trail Weekend- July 19 & 20, 12-5pm -
Four Sisters Winery joins New Jersey wineries across the state, providing an exclusive tasting straight from our tanks. $5 includes vineyard and wine cellar tour and wine tasting of over 20 varieties available. Light refreshments will be served.
Villa Milagro Vineyards 33 Warren Glen Road-County 627, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 (908) 995-2072
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19-20, 1-5pm - Chill in our “Chill Room” where you will learn how we finish, age and bottle our delicious wines using no additives. Then sample future vintages directly from the barrel with the winemaker herself.
Beneduce Vineyards 1 Jeremiah Lane Pittstown, NJ 08867 (908) 996-DUCE
Group Therapy- Live Music every Weekend on the Patio, Saturdays 6-9pm- Full band with wood-fired pizza from Pure & Simple Hearth, or bring your own snacks! $5 cover. Sundays 2-5pm- Solo or duo acoustic acts, no cover charge.
Old York Cellars 80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ 08851 (908) 284-9463
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19 & 20, 12-5pm - Get the chance to taste new wines before anyone else. Old York Cellars, along with wineries throughout the state, will be participating in the barrel tasting weekend. Here at Old York we will host tours at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 where you will get to see our production facilities and taste 2 of our upcoming wine releases. In addition we will have live music both days from 1-4pm.
Unionville Vineyards 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551 (908) 788-0400
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19 & 20, Noon-5pm –Taste our 2002, 2005, and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons, and see how well New Jersey wines can age. Tastings will be available all afternoon in our historic tasting room, 12pm to 5pm. On Sunday, we have live jazz by Mark Chernoff and Jarrett Walser, and Brick Farm Market will be on-site selling local foods. Unionville will donate $1 for each full-priced glass of wine sold to Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Central New Jersey
Hopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534 (609) 737-4465
“Music & Merlot” Select Fridays & Saturdays 6-9p - Live music, brick oven pizza & cheese platters. July 18- Just Us, nostalgic rock, July 19- Living the Dream, classic rock. No cover.
“Jazzy Sundays” 2-5p - Live jazz music & cheese platters. July 20- James Popik. No cover.
Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-2310
Working Dog Winery 610 Windsor-Perrineville Road, East Windsor, NJ 08500 (609) 371-6000
Barrel Trail Weekend- July 19 & 20, 12-5pm - Join us for a weekend of great wine, entertaining music, and good times! Sample wines hourly from 2012 and 2013…right from the barrel with our winemaker. Then taste the rest of our award-winning estate grown wines too! Explore the vines at your own pace on a self-guided tour of our vineyard, a “map” will be provided for you. Enjoy the music of Williamsboy on Saturday and Vic Della Pello on Sunday while you are relaxing with your favorite wine. Outside snacks, blankets, and chairs are welcome.
4 JG’s Winery 127 Hillsdale Rd, Colts Neck, NJ 07722 (908) 930-8066
Barrel Trail Weekend- July 19 & 20, 12-5pm- Sip delicious wines and taste directly from the barrel. On Saturday from 12-3, check out the fabulous classic cars of the North Shore Antique Car Club.
Cream Ridge Winery 145 Route 539, Cream Ridge (Allentown), NJ 08501 (609) 259-9797
Peppadew Fresh Vineyards, 97 Harbor Road, Morganville, NJ 07751 (908) 507-2240
Southern New Jersey
Valenzano Winery 1090 Route 206, Shamong, NJ 08088 (609) 268-6731
Annual Sangria Recipe Contest, July 20, 12 to 5pm - At the annual Valenzano sangria contest, all bragging rights are on the line! Visitors will get to taste at least 15 sangria recipes– each prepared by a different member of Valenzano Family Winery. Cast your vote for the delicious libation that strikes the perfect balance and blend. The victor will be announced at the end of the day and recipes will be shared with all attendees, along with discounted wine sales. Tickets are $10 per person, available at the door only.
Laurita Winery 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533 (609) 752-0200
Food Trucks and Fire Pits Weekend, July 19, 11- 10:30pm (Fireworks at 9), July 20, 11-8:00pm
Food and wine lovers will converge at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks weekend. Live music all day, vineyard tours, gourmet treats, and the gathering of good friends will make this day special. Enjoy a fireworks display at 9pm on Saturday. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, pets are not allowed. $8 per person with tax, no entry fee for Laurita Preferred Members. Children under 12 are free.
Amalthea Cellars 209 Vineyard Road, Atco, NJ 08004 (856) 768-8585
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19 & 20, Noon to 5pm- Enjoy candlelit French cellar barrel tastings led by Debbie, which we only offer a few times a year. This tasting includes the regular upstairs tasting as well as an assortment of noshes. Wander the vineyards & relax at our garden seating where you can enjoy your wine and live music. Futures and library wines will be released this weekend only. Barrel Tasting is $12 per person. www.amaltheacellars.com
Sharrott Winery 370 S Egg Harbor Rd, Winslow, NJ 08037 (609) 567-9463
Live Music Series on the Patio, Friday & Saturday Evenings, 6pm to 9pm - Table service is available for all evening performances, with a selection of snack foods and cheese platters available for sale. Picnic baskets and outside food are also welcome. July 19- Mike Chet Beck. No cover.
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19 & 20, Noon to 5pm - Join our winemakers in our barrel room for tastings right from the cask. This is tasting just as the winemakers do as they ready the wines for bottling. A tour of our winemaking facility and souvenir glass is included. Special tastings are at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30, please arrive 15 minutes early. $12 per person.
Cedarvale Winery 205 Repaupo Station Road, Logan Township, NJ 08085 (856) 467-3088
Coda Rossa Winery 1526 Dutch Mill Rd, Franklinville, NJ (856) 697-9463
DiBella Winery 229 Davidson Road, Woolwich Twp, NJ 08085 (609) 221-6201
Heritage Vineyards 480 Mullica Hill Rd, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 (856) 589-4474
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19th & 20th, 12 to 5pm- Our winemaker will pull a few of our finest barrels from the cellar for guests to taste! Reserve barrel sampling list will be available at our main tasting bar for $10.00. Sampling will include five samples. Our classic dry wine tasting will also be available. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance.
Monroeville Winery 314 Richwood Rd, Monroeville, NJ (856) 521-0523
Summit City Winery 500 University Boulevard, Glassboro, NJ 08028 (856) 881-2930
Wagonhouse Winery 1401 New Jersey 45, Swedesboro, NJ 08085 (609) 780-8019
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19 & 20, 12 to 5pm – Join us and enjoy a fabulously fun AND educational Barrel Trail weekend! We will be giving brief talks every hour on the hour about grape growing complimenting an afternoon of wine tastings. Tastings are $10 per person.
Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery 117 Sharptown, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
Chestnut Run Farm 66 Stewart Road, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098 (856) 769-2158
Salem Oak Vineyards 60 N Railroad Ave, Pedricktown, NJ 08067 (856) 889-2211
Southwind Vineyard & Winery 385 Lebanon Road, Millville, NJ 08332 (856) 364-9690
Extended Hours Friday & Saturday - open 12-7:30pm Picnic baskets and outside food are always welcome.
Acoustic Guitar Saturdays, 3-7:30pm, Bluegrass Sundays 1-6pm - Every Saturday, come relax to David Spoltore’s acoustic stylings of oldies to today’s hits, or Burke‘s unique Bluegrass way on Sundays. Bring a snack & relax a while.
Yoga on the Lawn, Saturdays 11am $10 per person, BYO mat. Reservations preferred but not required.
Vendor Fair Saturday July 19, 12-5pm (rain date Sunday July 20) Free admission to over 20 vendors, food, and music…something for everyone!
Bellview Winery 150 Atlantic St, Landisville, NJ 08326 (856) 697-7172
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19 and 20, 11am to 5pm - Stop by Bellview to sample a variety of our wines right out of the barrel! Join us as our winemaker and owner present some of our best wines, months before their availability. Tank room tours will also be available, as well as a selection of cheeses to taste alongside a hand selected number of wines. $5 Per Person.
Plagido’s Winery 570 N 1st Rd, Hammonton, NJ 08037 (609) 567-4633
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19 and 20, 11-5pm - Join us to sample our wines with the winemaker, and enjoy some light fare.
Renault Winery 72 Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215 (609) 965-2111
Tomasello Winery 225 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037 (800) MMM-WINE
Cape May County
Hawk Haven Vineyard 600 South Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande, NJ 08242 (609) 846-7347
Barrel Trail Weekend, July 19 & 20, 12pm-5pm – Embark on an educational tour of our vineyard and winery facility to learn how we grow our grapes and make our award-winning wines. Visit our wine tasting bar where you’ll try a variety of whites and reds, as a guide tells you the unique story of how Hawk Haven came to be. Enjoy a wine flight paired with a gourmet cheese plate on our vineyard view crushpad as you listen to local singer-songwriters. Tour is held at 1pm and is $25 per person, includes a wine tasting, souvenir glass, and cheese plate. Wine tastings are $7 per person, wine flights are $14-$18.
Jessie Creek Winery 1 N. Delsea Drive (Rt 47) Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609) 536-2092
Sunset Over the Vineyard, every Friday, 5-8pm - Food, wine, live acoustic guitar entertainment, great times! $15 per person
Natali Vineyard 221 N. Delsea Drive (Rt 47), Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609) 465-0075
Barrel Trail Weekend July 19 & 20, 12-5pm - We are opening our barrel room for tastings right out of the barrel. Be the first to sample vintages that have not yet been bottled. We will also be offering tours throughout the day. Check out the cellar and drink the wine as we take you on the journey of the grapes from the vineyard, to the cellar, and eventually to the glass.
Willow Creek Winery 160-168 Stevens Street, West Cape May, NJ 08204, (609) 770-8782