Raise a glass to New Jersey's 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 at a New Jersey winery and vineyard. (Or blueberry, apple and cranberry!) Download and print this vino-inspired graphic as your guide to hitting the wine trail in the Garden State.
Over 40 Wineries Statewide
If you're a wine lover or locavore, you'll be glad to know that the Garden State boasts over 40 wineries and vineyards. From Amalthea Cellars in Atco to White Horse Winery in Hammonton, Alba Vineyard in Finesville to Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery in Rio Grande, the state is dotted with scenic spots to sample and purchase locally made wines.
Vintage North Jersey Trail
Pair ten 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.
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, with 10 tasting rooms across the state. And Working Dog Winery in East Windsor recommends enjoying its blueberry wine with vanilla ice cream or cheesecake!
Atlantic City Wine Hop Tour
Sit back, relax and savor a Wine Hop Tour in the Atlantic City area. Tours last about three hours and include guided tours and tastings at Renault and Tomasello Wineries. Currently scheduled Tuesday-Saturday through October 5.
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 lets you explore South Jersey's coastal and watershed areas as you hop from winery to winery.
Holiday Wine Trail Weekend
Get into a festive mood at the Holiday Wine Trail Weekend, scheduled for November 23-25 at Bellview Winery in Landisville. Merrymaking includes live acoustic guitar, holiday shopping ideas and outdoor fires (weather permitting). Look for a seasonal sip like Bellview's cranberry wine, made with 100% New Jersey cranberries.
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 Vintage South Jersey. Or enjoy a tour organized by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Go to the Cape May MAC site for upcoming dates.
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. In addition to a variety of South Jersey wineries, the trail features Berlin Brewing, Three 3's Brewing and Tomfoolery Brewing.
Late summer into fall is a lovely time to experience Garden State Wine Trails. Many New Jersey wineries offer a lively calendar of music and food events—and are available to rent for meetings, weddings and special events. Go to VisitNJ.org to check out this 3-Day Wine Tasting Road Trip itinerary, plus download a free NJ travel guide or sign up for e-news from New Jersey Travel and Tourism. To explore more New Jersey wine news, visit the official website of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.