3 Day Road Trip: Wine Tasting

When you think of wine country, New Jersey might not be the first place that pops into your mind, but with dozens of vineyards across the state, the Garden State has some real hidden gems.

New Jersey is home to over 40 wineries. For a trip that engages the senses, consider a three-day road trip tasting and touring some of the best vineyards throughout the state. With festivals, concerts, seasonally themed events and grape stomping competitions, a wine tour in New Jersey has something for every palate.

Check out our three-day itinerary that will take you to some of the most beautiful parts of the state to try some tasty wines.

Day One

Start your trip in northern New Jersey’s wine country and make stops at Alba Vineyard and Winery and Unionville Vineyards. Alba’s award-winning wine is produced in a vineyard set among the rolling hills of the Musconetcong River. The winery and tasting room are housed in a historic barn dating back to 1805, where daily tastings are paired with small bites of cheese, fruit and flatbreads. Unionville Vineyards is set on more than 40 acres of land and has been a leading winemaker in the state for the past 20 years. Unionville’s tasting room is open seven days a week; be sure to sip on their award-winning Chardonnay while you’re there. While in the area, drive to the antique shops in Lambertville and New Hope. Spend the evening in nearby local inns like the Main Sreet Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn or Chimney Hill Estate Inn.

Day Two

On day two of your trip, head to the heart of New Jersey’s wine country, in the central part of the state, and gear up to hit many of the best vineyards driving east to west. Starting in Mullica Hill, enjoy the red and whites at Heritage Vineyards, which offers guided tours every Saturday and wine tastings seven days a week. Known for their fruit wines and dessert wines, Tomasello Winery was founded over 80 years ago and grows premium varietals on more than 70 acres of land. Set in a rustic farmhouse, Amalthea Cellars produces many French-inspired wines and offers complimentary tastings Friday through Sunday. Once you’ve made your way west, drive to nearby Atlantic City for the night and plan to stay at The Water Club at BorgataBally's or Golden Nugget.

Day Three

End your wine weekend in the south at Cape May Winery for the full-scale New Jersey experience. Cape May Winery has three tasting rooms and 150 acres of vineyards, and it is best known for its Chardonnay and Merlot varietals. Head just down the road to Turdo Vineyards and Winery, open April to June on Friday and Saturday afternoon. Here you'll be treated like family by these award-winning winemakers. Next stop is the Willow Creek Winery, open daily year-round for tastings, tours and tapas. Be sure to check out what's going on that day because this winery offers yoga, firesides, painting and sipping and even drum circles! To finish off the day, head up to Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, open daily for tasting and offering paid tours daily in the summertime. Not in the mood for traditional wine, swing by on Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor day for Sangrias and live music at the vineyard.