In recent years, the New Jersey wine community has flourished, with more than 50 wineries and vineyards situated around the state. With a climate and terroir that provides optimal conditions for growing grapes, there’s no surprise that the Garden State’s wines are better than ever and New Jersey has become a vibrant wine destination on the East Coast. Best of all, there are excellent wineries in every part of the state, so there’s no need to drive far to reach them. So, if you love to explore local wineries, and taste exceptional vintages, be sure to add these New Jersey wineries to your list when you visit!
Nestled in the pine forests of Southern New Jersey, this winery offers something delightful for every wine lover. With a stylish, light-filled tasting room and expansive outdoor area for savoring vintages, Sharrott offers guests the opportunity to spend an afternoon enjoying and learning about the wine produced here—over 5,000 cases a year—including dry and sweet reds and whites. Some of their well-known varietals are unoaked chardonnay, vital blanc, and syrah. They also offer some zesty blends, such as Juicy Peachy Sangria, Crimson Sky, and Winter Spice. To complement their glass of vino, visitors can also order small plates, salads, and flatbreads, all of which are made in this winery’s small kitchen.
Four Sisters Winery
The Four Sisters Winery offers a great place to sample some exceptional wines in a lovely and peaceful ambiance overlooking rolling hills and vineyards in Warren County. Some of their best-selling vintages include dry reds, crispy whites, light roses, and unique, sweet fruit wines. You'll also find some great blends here. Four Sisters also hosts special events throughout the year, including grape-stomping, special dinners, holiday celebrations, music festivals, and more.
Amalthea Cellars Farm Winery
Amalthea’s wines have been compared to those produced in Bordeaux, France, as the founder spent time there learning the craft in the late 1960s. The award-winning winery's bottles feature fruit from the New Jersey Outer Coastal Plain Region EVA and are made into a number of varietals including several dry reds—such as cabernet Franc, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot—as well as dry whites, like chardonnay and fume blanc. This welcoming winery offers tastings, tours, and special events.
Federal Twist Vineyard
Three generations of winemakers have shaped Federal Twist, a Stockton-based winery that features wines made from their own hand-picked estate grapes. Situated on the Delaware River, in the western part of the state, this boutique winery offers guests a picturesque oasis and the opportunity to drink and appreciate their wines, including several award-winning varietals like Vidal blanc, chambourcin, and rose.
Working Dog Winery
With plenty of outdoor space and seating for tasting, Working Dog Winery provides guests with a stunning, rustic setting that’s the perfect backdrop for a wine adventure. Favorite whites include pinot grigio and rieslings, and a few of their top-selling reds are merlot and sangiovese. Guests are allowed to bring small snacks to pair with the wines. And yes, this winery is dog-friendly (but they must remain outside the building).
Mount Salem Vineyards
The legendary and stunning Mount Salem Vineyard was founded by ambitious and devoted owners who realized that the climate and soil in Hunterdon County just happen to be very similar to that of Europe’s Carnuntum and Burgenland, two popular winegrowing regions in Austria. The first vines were planted in the mid-2000s and today this winery reaps the benefits by producing great, yet under-the-radar wines, such as Zweigelt and blaufrankisch, that attract visitors from across the state. This winery hosts plenty of special events all year, including their incredibly popular (and visually stunning) “LongTable” dinner each fall (advance reservations required).
In Cape May Court House, New Jersey, Natali Vineyards welcomes guests with a robust assortment of wines in a pretty setting near Delaware Bay. Wine lovers flock to this friendly destination to experience some vintages made from this 22-acre farm. Founder Alfred Natali is an experienced viticulturist and wine chemist who planted over 7,000 vines and 15 different varietals, producing more than 20 tons of fruit each year. Guests here learn all about the process while enjoying sips of more than 25 wine varieties including trebbiano and barbera.
Cream Ridge Winery
In Monmouth County, Cream Ridge Winery was founded in 1988 by the Amabile family and has become a successful icon and popular destination for wine drinkers. With over 14 acres of beautiful vineyards, Cream Ridge Winery welcomes guests with its jaw-dropping bucolic views. Aficionados and casual wine drinkers alike make it a point to sit and relax on the spacious lawn and participate in wine tastings, with unique flavor profiles, such as Jersey Berry (a blend of cranberry and chardonnay) and Eastern White (a fruit-forward choice).
In the town of Ringoes, Unionville Vineyards is surrounded by rolling hills and panoramic rustic views making it an idyllic destination for wine lovers. Lounge and linger on their expansive patio while sipping on some house-made vintages, tour the winery, or soak in the ambiance in the charming tasting room. A few of the most popular bottles are “Revolutionary Red,” a medium-bodied everyday wine; “Fields of Fire,” a light and refreshing option with notes of citrus; and “Cool Foxy Lady,” a dessert wine. Be sure to check their website for special events, which are held throughout the year.
Fox Hollow Vineyards
Situated on nearly 100 sprawling acres in the town of Holmdel, Fox Hollow Vineyards is run by the Casolas, a family of devoted farmers and winemakers for six generations. The family adores visitors (and their dogs) and offer generous pours of their hand-crafted wines, which many prefer to enjoy on their outdoor patio. Known for their incredibly extensive wine offerings, Fox Hollow offers something for everyone. They produce barrel-aged chardonnay, mariposa, and Petit Verdot as well as a number of blends, such as Derby Red (a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot) and Classic Red (a blend of Chambourcin and Petit Verdot). Wine drinkers also appreciate their Reserve wine, dessert wines, and sweet/semi-sweet offerings.