6 Exceptional South Jersey WineriesLast Edited:
SOUTH JERSEY — South Jersey has plenty of local wineries if you know the right places to look. Here is a small group of the wineries in the South Jersey region to start exploring the region's magnificent wine scene.
Whether you are looking for a new favorite, love wine tastings, or just want to explore beautiful vineyards, these places have got you covered. Some even have regular events and annual festivals.
Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery (Pilesgrove, NJ)
Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery has a European-style vineyard wine bar called The Enoteca. It serves artisan cheeses, fresh crusty bread and olive oil, house made tomato brochetta, enoteca panino, locally made deserts, and other things to snack on with the wine.
The winery has wine tastings — (tip: it's $6 to taste up to eight wines until 6 p.m.). There are also table tastings for $15 a person, and the price includes artisan cheese and Italian bread with olive oil.
On Thursday night, Saturday, and Sunday, The Enoteca serves Ravello wood-fired pizza. It also has an event called “What’s For Dinner Friday,” where there are weekly five-course dinners featuring wine and cheese pairings, and pasta with house-made sauces.
“What’s For Dinner Friday” is from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and is $29.99 for adults and $16.99 for children. Wine pairing is included in the price.
Auburn Road also has live music, happy hours, an acoustic jam open mic night on Thursdays, and yoga on Mondays.
Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery (Rio Grande, NJ):
Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery is owned by Todd and Kenna Wuerker and they opened their first tasting room in 2009. Hawk Haven currently has 14 acres of vines with 16 different varietals. All the grapes are harvested, pressed, fermented, aged, blended, and bottled on site.
Its tasting room is open daily for wine tastings and sales.
(Tip: Hawk Haven has an event called “Saturdays on the Crushpad” every Saturday. The event has an educational wine tasting, and then patrons go to the patio with a glass of wine, listen to live music, and enjoy the views of the vineyard.)
The winery also hosts “Sangria Sundays” on every Sunday from late May to September 3rd (in 2017). Sangria Sundays start at noon, live music begins at 1 p.m., and the wine bar is open for tastings from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monroeville Vineyard & Winery (Monroeville, NJ):
John and Debra Basile purchased their farm in 2009 to begin Monroeville Vineyard & Winery. John creates the wine, and is a fourth-generation home wine maker. The tasting room opened in March 2012, and was voted best of Salem County 2016 for best wine selection.
The winery has live music every Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m., and there is no cover charge.
The winery staff attends festivals in the area, making appearances at the Sharrott Wine Festival and the Appel Farm Wine and Music Festival.
(Tip: On October 7th, it is hosting a Fit-A-Thon with Shape it up Fitness, which includes a 20-minute workout, a one-mile run, wine tasting, live music, and a picnic.
Sharrott Winery (Hammonton, NJ):
Sharrott Winery has a live-music series multiple times a week on its patio and lawn, overlooking the vineyard. Admission is free, there is a food truck, and wine tasting is $8 a person.
There is a Wine Club membership where customers can sign up to get Sharrott wines delivered at home three times a year. Each shipment consists of four winemaker selected wines based on the customer’s preference of dry, sweet, or reds only.
The membership includes a 20% discount on shipping and on all other wine purchases.
(Tip: There are also complementary tastings for up to four guests, invitations to private events, and opportunities to buy pre-release and library wines.)
Tomasello Winery (Hammonton, NJ):
Tomasello Winery has been around since 1933, and is a third-generation business. It is the only third-generation, family-owned winery in the state of New Jersey. The winery produces approximately 45 wines, with nearly all of them made from estate-grown fruit or fruit from local farmers. This includes their sparkling blueberry wine, and they claim to use “only the top blueberries” from growers in Hammonton.
Tomasello is well known for its premium wines, and has acclaimed dessert wines. It has won many prestigious national and international awards.
(Tip: There are multiple Tomasello tasting rooms throughout the state of New Jersey, with locations in Lambertville, Freehold, Cranford, Wykoff, and the Towne of Historic Smithville.)
Tomasello has a gold card membership that lasts a year, with the benefits including 20-percent off the full retail price of all wines, advanced notice on new releases, and free direct shipping on orders of six bottles and more. The price is $10 for a year.
There are summer paint parties and opera galas later in the year. The winery has daily wine tastings, and the tastings include a prepared artisan cheese plate or decadent truffles.
Valenzano Family Winery (Shamong, NJ):
Burlington County’s first winery, Valenzano wines have won double gold medals from the Indy International Wine Competition, Fingerlakes International Wine Competition, and the NJ Governor’s Cup. It has won dozens of other awards.
In 2011, the winery produced and sold 88,000 gallons of wine, ranking them as the second largest producer in New Jersey.
(Tip: Valenzano offers a guarantee where anyone can return a bottle of its wine to the winery for a full refund or exchange if the wine was not enjoyed.)
The winery strives to be environmentally friendly. It installed 350 solar panels on its property, powering 100-percent of its electricity.
Every bottle of Valenzano wine is produced and bottled using solar electricity. The winery also has geothermal heating and cooling systems, private recycling, and a vineyard composting program. With its deliveries, the winery uses small and medium sized vans to reduce milage and fuel consumption.
There are wine tastings on every day of the week, and tastings are free with any purchase. It also has live entertainment.
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