About Me:

Specializes in New Jersey wine and wineries. Strong interest in wines made from uncommon varieties of grapes, and other rarely-used fruit.

Hopewell Valley Vineyards   0
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6/3/2014

Winemaking is in Sergio and Violetta Neri's blood. Sergio's family owned vineyards in Tuscany where they made Brunello di Montalcino wines, and Violetta's grandmother was a winemaker from the Macedonia region of Greece who made white wine. In 1996, the couple bought a 75-acre farm in the quaint town of Hopewell in central New Jersey. Five years later, grapes were planted, and in 2003 Hopewell Valley Vineyards opened to the public. I first visited the winery soon after it opened, and I was moved by the friendliness of the owners and their willingness to make uncommon vintages such ... Read full review



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Terhune Orchards & Winery   0
4.0
5/16/2014

In 1975, after returning from a stint as Peace Corps agricultural agents in the South Pacific, Gary and Pam Mount bought a 55-acre farm from the Terhune family. Over time, the Mounts more than tripled the size of the property, located in the town of Lawrence in central New Jersey. For many years, Terhune Orchards has been famous for their fresh produce and bake goods. After returning home from college in California, their daughter Tannwen suggested that the family become winemakers. In 2003 grapes were planted, and Terhune Orchards began selling wine in 2010.

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Old York Cellars   0
4.0
4/14/2014

More than a decade ago, I visited a small quaint winery in the rolling hills of western New Jersey named Amwell Valley Vineyard, which is known today as Old York Cellars. In 1978 Dr. Michael Fisher, a prominent scientist, planted French-American hybrid grapes on a farm in the town of Ringoes and was a leading advocate of the New Jersey Farm Winery Act which removed Prohibition-era restrictions on the number of wineries in the state. Amwell Valley Vineyards sold wine from 1982 until 2005, when Fisher passed away. The winery was purchased by attorney David Wolin and ... Read full review



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Unionville Vineyards   0
4.0
4/9/2014

Unionville Vineyards, located in the bucolic, rolling hills of western New Jersey, is one of the most renowned wineries in the state. Originally part of the largest peach orchard in the United States, the land was first planted with grapes in 1988, and the winery opened to the public in 1993. In 2008, founders Kris Nielsen and Patricia Galloway sold Unionville Vineyards to a group of investors. Today, it's best known for its signature Chardonnay wine. At the 2010 International Wine and Spirit Competition, Unionville's Chardonnay was the only wine from the United States to win a ... Read full review



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Beneduce Vineyards   0
4.0
3/10/2014

Beneduce Vineyards bubbles with youth. The winery is run by Michael Beneduce Jr. and Justen Beneduce Hiles, a 20-something brother-sister combination whose family has been farming for four generations. Mike Jr., a graduate of Cornell University’s Viticulture & Enology program, is the winemaker and vineyard manager. Justen, a graduate of Rutgers University’s agriculture school, is the marketing and event director. In 2000, their father, Michael Beneduce Sr. purchased a 51-acre farm in Pittstown in western New Jersey to supply a garden center that he owned. Nine years later, a vineyard was planted, and Beneduce opened to the public ... Read full review



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Mount Salem Vineyards   0
4.5
2/26/2014

Specializing in premium wines made from Austrian and Northern Italian grapes, Mount Salem Vineyards is rather unique among New Jersey wineries. Peter Leitner, a former investment banker and occasional author, planted a vineyard in 2005 on historic farmland that had formerly been used as a produce, grain, and dairy farm. Peter converted a 200-year-old barn into a tasting room, and in 2010, Mount Salem opened to the public. Today, this boutique winery has seven acres of grapes under cultivation and produces approximately 1,000 cases of wine per year.

Mount Salem serves as a winegrowing test ... Read full review



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Coda Rossa Wines   0
4.0
1/28/2014

Coda Rossa Winery came into being as a result of a "hobby entirely out of control" as described by Kenton and Kathy Nice, an accountant and school psychologist respectively. The South Jersey couple first made wine in 1997, and in 2004 opened the Wine Room of Cherry Hill, an instructional winemaking facility. Not satisfied with just teaching people how to make wine, two years later the Nices purchased an abandoned vineyard in Franklinville, deep in New Jersey’s farm belt. The couple refurbished the property, which had been originally planted in 2002 by a previous owner, and the winery opened ... Read full review



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Valenzano Winery   0
4.5
1/8/2014

In the last decade, Valenzano Winery has become one of the largest and best known wineries in New Jersey. In 1974, auto mechanic and gas station owner Anthony “Tony” Valenzano Sr. started a farm in Shamong, which is deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. He raised livestock and grew grains, and as a hobby made wine. In 1991, Tony and his sons Mark and Anthony Jr. planted three acres of grapes, and five years later the winery opened to the public. Today, the family grows 44 acres of grapes, and produces 40,000 cases of wine per year. ... Read full review



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Bellview Winery   0
4.0
12/19/2013

Jim Quarella of Bellview Winery has long been at the forefront of farming innovation. In order to compete with global competition in the produce market, he planted specialty Asian vegetables in the early 1990s. Jim's great-grandfather Angelo Quarella emigrated from Italy and, in 1914, started a 20-acre fruit and vegetable farm in Landisville, which is in Southern New Jersey's farm belt. Jim had been growing wine grapes since age 16, and in 2000 a full-scale vineyard was planted at Bellview. The winery opened to the public the next year, and since 2003 the farm has been exclusively dedicated to ... Read full review



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Southwind Vineyard   0
4.0
12/10/2013

Southwind Vineyard and Winery is one of the newest wineries in New Jersey, having opened to the public in 2012. Since 1978 the Allen family has owned a horse farm in the town of Deerfield, deep in Southern New Jersey's farm belt. The Allens were originally from Arkansas, and the farm's name reflects their Southern origin and desire to provide Southern hospitality. Lorre Allen, a former French teacher, and her husband Joseph Riley, a practicing obstetrician, bought the 100-acre farm from Lorre's parents in 2002. After many trips to France and years of home winemaking, Lorre and her ... Read full review



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Amalthea Cellars   0
4.0
12/3/2013

Whether you believe winemaking is an art or a science, Louis Caracciolo of Amalthea Cellars has mastered both. In 1908, his grandfather Emilio immigrated from Naples, Italy to Blue Anchor in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. As a teenager Louis worked on his grandfather's farm, and would learn Old World winemaking techniques. After obtaining a degree in Food Science and Technology from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Louis bought his own farm in 1972 in the town of Atco, a few miles from his grandfather's. In 1976 the first vineyards were planted at Amalthea Cellars, which is ... Read full review



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Sharrott Winery   0
4.0
11/21/2013

Sharrott Winery has always taken a scientific approach to winemaking, which is not a surprise considering the technological background of its owners. A little over a decade ago, Larry Sharrott Jr., a retired hospital computer executive with an unquenchable home winemaking hobby decided to start a winery. He and his son Larry III, a software engineer, attended seminars sponsored by Rutgers University, and then enrolled for three years in viticulture and winemaking classes offered through the University of California at Davis. In 2004 they purchased a 34-acre abandoned apple orchard in Blue Anchor, a small town in the New ... Read full review



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Sylvin Farms   0
4.5
11/13/2013

Sylvin Farms Winery is one of the most famous wineries in the state of New Jersey. Dr. Franklin Salek is a pioneer in the growing of vinifera grapes. Until the late 1970s, there were only a handful of wineries in the state, and they mostly produced sparkling wines or dessert wines from French hybrid or native labrusca grapes. Frank, a civil engineering professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, believed that the climate of Southern New Jersey was similar to that of Bordeaux, and that it was possible to make European wines from grapes grown in ... Read full review



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Willow Creek Winery - Cape May   0
3.5
10/28/2013

Willow Creek Winery is one of the newest wineries in New Jersey, having opened to the public in the fall of 2012. Barbara Bray Wilde purchased a former produce farm in 1998. Initially, Wilde used the 50-acre property to grow landscaping plants, but in 2005 she began to cultivate wine grapes. Wilde is originally from Philadelphia, and in 1996 founded The Southern Mansion, a 24-suite bed and breakfast in the neighboring town of Cape May. Wilde has stated that she became interested in wine as a student at the University of California at Berkeley and that the ... Read full review



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Turdo Vineyards   0
4.0
10/10/2013

Salvatore Turdo is an electrical contractor and inspector from Northern New Jersey. He was born in Sicily, and grew up on his family’s vineyard near the coastal village of Santo Stefano di Camastra before immigrating to the United States at age 14. Sal and his Sicilian-born wife Rosaria (Sara) had long made wine. As part of their future retirement plans, the Turdos bought a woodlot in North Cape May in 1998. The family believed that the area’s maritime climate and sandy soils would be good for growing grapes. The next year Sal, Sara, and their son Luca cleared the ... Read full review



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Cape May Winery And Vineyard   0
4.0
10/2/2013

I first heard about Cape May Winery and Vineyard around fifteen years ago. Nobody in Cape May County seemed to know exactly where it was, and when I eventually found the winery, it consisted of a house with a few acres of grapes on the side. At the time, the winery had no tasting hours, no gift shop, and only sold its wine at a couple of local restaurants. Fast forward to 2013, and Cape May Winery is among the most visited wineries in New Jersey. The winery is located near the shore resort communities of Wildwood ... Read full review



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Hawk Haven Vineyards   0
3.5
9/17/2013

The Wuerker family has farmed in Rio Grande, New Jersey since 1940. Originally they were lima bean and dairy farmers, but in 1997 they planted Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Twelve years later Todd and Kenna Wuerker opened Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery. The name refers to the large number of hawks that migrate to the farm every year, and many of their wines have hawk-related names. The winery is located near the shore resort communities of Wildwood and Cape May, and is in the Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area, which consists of more than 25 Southern New ... Read full review



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Jessie Creek Winery   0
4.0
9/7/2013

Jessie Creek Winery is located in Cape May County, a major New Jersey resort area. The vineyard was originally planted in 2002 by Joseph Yuzzi, a Cornell-educated agronomist. He named it Jessie Creek Vineyards, a tribute to his mother whose first name was Jessie, and the town of Dias Creek where the winery is located. In 2007, the vineyard and accompanying farmhouse was purchased by marina operator Art Reale, family physician Bruce Morrison, and architect Juan Fernandez. The three men decided that they wanted to operate a winery with a bed and breakfast. They converted the farmhouse, which ... Read full review



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Natali Vineyards   0
4.5
8/26/2013

Cape May County is a major resort area in New Jersey, consisting of a number of popular beach communities including Cape May, Wildwood, and Ocean City. The county is also blessed with six wineries, including Natali Vineyards. Al Natali, a network engineer and college professor, planted a vineyard in 2001 on a former horse pasture. Natali partnered with Ray Pensari and Tony Antonelli, two real estate developers, and the tasting room opened to the public in 2007. The winery sits on 22 acres of land on the Delaware Bay near the village of Goshen. Natali is in the ... Read full review



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Tomasello Winery   0
3.5
8/17/2013

Tomasello Winery is the second-oldest winery in New Jersey, having been founded in 1933. Frank Tomasello mostly grew sweet potatoes and berries, but the family farm had also grown grapes since 1888. Upon the end of Prohibition, Tomasello saw opportunity, and drove to Washington D.C. to obtain a federal winery license. For most of its history, Tomasello primarily sold dessert and sparkling wines made from native grapes (e.g., Niagara). Starting in the 1970s, the Tomasello family began planting French hybrid grapes. Today, Tomasello also grows European vinifera grapes, and sells over forty different types of wine. The winery ... Read full review



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Balic Winery   0
4.5
7/10/2013

Driving near Atlantic City, you’ll see a billboard different than the rest. Instead of trumpeting casinos or night clubs, the black and gold signs advertise Balic Winery. Balic is in Mays Landing which is only a half-hour west of the gambling mecca but seems like it’s a different country. Instead of glitzy casinos, boardwalk kitsch, and crashing waves, Mays Landing is a town of Victorian houses, pine forests, and small farms. The area is in the New Jersey Pinelands, and is part of the Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area which consists of more than 25 Southern New Jersey ... Read full review



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Renault Winery   0
4.0
6/21/2013

Renault is the oldest and best-known winery in New Jersey. The winery has a long and colorful history, and in recent years has blossomed into a full-fledged resort with two restaurants, a 50-room hotel, and an 18-hole golf course. In 1864, Louis Nicholas Renault planted a vineyard in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey using vinifera grapes from Europe. Renault had been a winegrower in the village of Mareuil-sur-Ay in the Champagne region of France, but much of Europe’s grapes were devastated by phylloxera (an aphid-like insect) in the mid-nineteenth century. With its mild climate and sandy soil, Egg ... Read full review



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DiMatteo Vineyards   0
4.0
6/6/2013

Nearly all of New Jersey’s wineries are family-owned. However, DiMatteo’s Vineyards is the quintessential family-run business. Each time I visit their tasting room, or taste their wine at a festival, a member of the DiMatteo family is present. Like many families in New Jersey, they have long made wine for personal consumption. In 2000, Frank DiMatteo Jr. and Frank DiMatteo III planted a vineyard, and two years later, the winery opened to the public.

The winery is located in Hammonton, which is in southern New Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area, and is the ... Read full review



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Plagido's Winery   0
4.5
6/1/2013

I first visited Plagido’s Winery in August 2007, a week after it open to the public. At the time, it was known as “Placido’s Winery”, but would change its name within a year because a winery with the same name exists in Tuscany. The winery is a nondescript, gray building on a quiet street in Hammonton. Hammonton, located in southern New Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area, is the epicenter of New Jersey’s wine production. If any region of New Jersey looks like French or Italian wine country, this is it.

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Plagido's Winery   0
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I first visited Plagido’s Winery in August 2007, a week after it open to the public. At the time, it was known as “Placido’s Winery”, but would change its name within a year because a winery with the same name exists in Tuscany. The winery is a nondescript, gray building on a quiet street in Hammonton. Hammonton, located in southern New Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area, is the epicenter of New Jersey’s wine production. If any region of New Jersey looks like French or Italian wine country, this is it.

The winery consists of ... Read full review



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DiMatteo Vineyards   0
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Nearly all of New Jersey’s wineries are family-owned. However, DiMatteo’s Vineyards is the quintessential family-run business. Each time I visit their tasting room, or taste their wine at a festival, a member of the DiMatteo family is present. Like many families in New Jersey, they have long made wine for personal consumption. In 2000, Frank DiMatteo Jr. and Frank DiMatteo III planted a vineyard, and two years later, the winery opened to the public.

The winery is located in Hammonton, which is in southern New Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area, and is the ... Read full review



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Renault Winery   0
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Renault is the oldest and best-known winery in New Jersey. The winery has a long and colorful history, and in recent years has blossomed into a full-fledged resort with two restaurants, a 50-room hotel, and an 18-hole golf course. In 1864, Louis Nicholas Renault planted a vineyard in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey using vinifera grapes from Europe. Renault had been a winegrower in the village of Mareuil-sur-Ay in the Champagne region of France, but much of Europe’s grapes were devastated by phylloxera (an aphid-like insect) in the mid-nineteenth century. With its mild climate and sandy soil, Egg ... Read full review



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Balic Winery   0
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Driving near Atlantic City, you’ll see a billboard different than the rest. Instead of trumpeting casinos or night clubs, the black and gold signs advertise Balic Winery. Balic is in Mays Landing which is only a half-hour west of the gambling mecca but seems like it’s a different country. Instead of glitzy casinos, boardwalk kitsch, and crashing waves, Mays Landing is a town of Victorian houses, pine forests, and small farms. The area is in the New Jersey Pinelands, and is part of the Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area which consists of more than 25 Southern New Jersey ... Read full review



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Tomasello Winery   0
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Tomasello Winery is the second-oldest winery in New Jersey, having been founded in 1933. Frank Tomasello mostly grew sweet potatoes and berries, but the family farm had also grown grapes since 1888. Upon the end of Prohibition, Tomasello saw opportunity, and drove to Washington D.C. to obtain a federal winery license. For most of its history, Tomasello primarily sold dessert and sparkling wines made from native grapes (e.g., Niagara). Starting in the 1970s, the Tomasello family began planting French hybrid grapes. Today, Tomasello also grows European vinifera grapes, and sells over forty different types of wine. The winery ... Read full review



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Natali Vineyards   0
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Cape May County is a major resort area in New Jersey, consisting of a number of popular beach communities including Cape May, Wildwood, and Ocean City. The county is also blessed with six wineries, including Natali Vineyards. Al Natali, a network engineer and college professor, planted a vineyard in 2001 on a former horse pasture. Natali partnered with Ray Pensari and Tony Antonelli, two real estate developers, and the tasting room opened to the public in 2007. The winery sits on 22 acres of land on the Delaware Bay near the village of Goshen. Natali is in the ... Read full review



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Jessie Creek Winery   0
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Jessie Creek Winery is located in Cape May County, a major New Jersey resort area. The vineyard was originally planted in 2002 by Joseph Yuzzi, a Cornell-educated agronomist. He named it Jessie Creek Vineyards, a tribute to his mother whose first name was Jessie, and the town of Dias Creek where the winery is located. In 2007, the vineyard and accompanying farmhouse was purchased by marina operator Art Reale, family physician Bruce Morrison, and architect Juan Fernandez. The three men decided that they wanted to operate a winery with a bed and breakfast. They converted the farmhouse, which ... Read full review



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Hawk Haven Vineyards   0
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The Wuerker family has farmed in Rio Grande, New Jersey since 1940. Originally they were lima bean and dairy farmers, but in 1997 they planted Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Twelve years later Todd and Kenna Wuerker opened Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery. The name refers to the large number of hawks that migrate to the farm every year, and many of their wines have hawk-related names. The winery is located near the shore resort communities of Wildwood and Cape May, and is in the Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area, which consists of more than 25 Southern New ... Read full review



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Cape May Winery And Vineyard   0
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I first heard about Cape May Winery and Vineyard around fifteen years ago. Nobody in Cape May County seemed to know exactly where it was, and when I eventually found the winery, it consisted of a house with a few acres of grapes on the side. At the time, the winery had no tasting hours, no gift shop, and only sold its wine at a couple of local restaurants. Fast forward to 2013, and Cape May Winery is among the most visited wineries in New Jersey. The winery is located near the shore resort communities of Wildwood ... Read full review



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Turdo Vineyards   0
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Salvatore Turdo is an electrical contractor and inspector from Northern New Jersey. He was born in Sicily, and grew up on his family’s vineyard near the coastal village of Santo Stefano di Camastra before immigrating to the United States at age 14. Sal and his Sicilian-born wife Rosaria (Sara) had long made wine. As part of their future retirement plans, the Turdos bought a woodlot in North Cape May in 1998. The family believed that the area’s maritime climate and sandy soils would be good for growing grapes. The next year Sal, Sara, and their son Luca cleared the ... Read full review



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Willow Creek Winery - Cape May   0
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Willow Creek Winery is one of the newest wineries in New Jersey, having opened to the public in the fall of 2012. Barbara Bray Wilde purchased a former produce farm in 1998. Initially, Wilde used the 50-acre property to grow landscaping plants, but in 2005 she began to cultivate wine grapes. Wilde is originally from Philadelphia, and in 1996 founded The Southern Mansion, a 24-suite bed and breakfast in the neighboring town of Cape May. Wilde has stated that she became interested in wine as a student at the University of California at Berkeley and that the ... Read full review



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Sylvin Farms   0
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Sylvin Farms Winery is one of the most famous wineries in the state of New Jersey. Dr. Franklin Salek is a pioneer in the growing of vinifera grapes. Until the late 1970s, there were only a handful of wineries in the state, and they mostly produced sparkling wines or dessert wines from French hybrid or native labrusca grapes. Frank, a civil engineering professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, believed that the climate of Southern New Jersey was similar to that of Bordeaux, and that it was possible to make European wines from grapes grown in ... Read full review



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Sharrott Winery   0
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Sharrott Winery has always taken a scientific approach to winemaking, which is not a surprise considering the technological background of its owners. A little over a decade ago, Larry Sharrott Jr., a retired hospital computer executive with an unquenchable home winemaking hobby decided to start a winery. He and his son Larry III, a software engineer, attended seminars sponsored by Rutgers University, and then enrolled for three years in viticulture and winemaking classes offered through the University of California at Davis. In 2004 they purchased a 34-acre abandoned apple orchard in Blue Anchor, a small town in the New ... Read full review



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Amalthea Cellars   0
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Whether you believe winemaking is an art or a science, Louis Caracciolo of Amalthea Cellars has mastered both. In 1908, his grandfather Emilio immigrated from Naples, Italy to Blue Anchor in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. As a teenager Louis worked on his grandfather's farm, and would learn Old World winemaking techniques. After obtaining a degree in Food Science and Technology from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Louis bought his own farm in 1972 in the town of Atco, a few miles from his grandfather's. In 1976 the first vineyards were planted at Amalthea Cellars, which is ... Read full review



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Southwind Vineyard   0
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Southwind Vineyard and Winery is one of the newest wineries in New Jersey, having opened to the public in 2012. Since 1978 the Allen family has owned a horse farm in the town of Deerfield, deep in Southern New Jersey's farm belt. The Allens were originally from Arkansas, and the farm's name reflects their Southern origin and desire to provide Southern hospitality. Lorre Allen, a former French teacher, and her husband Joseph Riley, a practicing obstetrician, bought the 100-acre farm from Lorre's parents in 2002. After many trips to France and years of home winemaking, Lorre and her ... Read full review



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Bellview Winery   0
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Jim Quarella of Bellview Winery has long been at the forefront of farming innovation. In order to compete with global competition in the produce market, he planted specialty Asian vegetables in the early 1990s. Jim's great-grandfather Angelo Quarella emigrated from Italy and, in 1914, started a 20-acre fruit and vegetable farm in Landisville, which is in Southern New Jersey's farm belt. Jim had been growing wine grapes since age 16, and in 2000 a full-scale vineyard was planted at Bellview. The winery opened to the public the next year, and since 2003 the farm has been exclusively dedicated to ... Read full review



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Valenzano Winery   0
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In the last decade, Valenzano Winery has become one of the largest and best known wineries in New Jersey. In 1974, auto mechanic and gas station owner Anthony “Tony” Valenzano Sr. started a farm in Shamong, which is deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. He raised livestock and grew grains, and as a hobby made wine. In 1991, Tony and his sons Mark and Anthony Jr. planted three acres of grapes, and five years later the winery opened to the public. Today, the family grows 44 acres of grapes, and produces 40,000 cases of wine per year. ... Read full review



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Coda Rossa Wines   0
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Coda Rossa Winery came into being as a result of a "hobby entirely out of control" as described by Kenton and Kathy Nice, an accountant and school psychologist respectively. The South Jersey couple first made wine in 1997, and in 2004 opened the Wine Room of Cherry Hill, an instructional winemaking facility. Not satisfied with just teaching people how to make wine, two years later the Nices purchased an abandoned vineyard in Franklinville, deep in New Jersey’s farm belt. The couple refurbished the property, which had been originally planted in 2002 by a previous owner, and the winery opened ... Read full review



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Mount Salem Vineyards   0
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Specializing in premium wines made from Austrian and Northern Italian grapes, Mount Salem Vineyards is rather unique among New Jersey wineries. Peter Leitner, a former investment banker and occasional author, planted a vineyard in 2005 on historic farmland that had formerly been used as a produce, grain, and dairy farm. Peter converted a 200-year-old barn into a tasting room, and in 2010, Mount Salem opened to the public. Today, this boutique winery has seven acres of grapes under cultivation and produces approximately 1,000 cases of wine per year.

Mount Salem serves as a winegrowing test ... Read full review



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Beneduce Vineyards   0
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Beneduce Vineyards bubbles with youth. The winery is run by Michael Beneduce Jr. and Justen Beneduce Hiles, a 20-something brother-sister combination whose family has been farming for four generations. Mike Jr., a graduate of Cornell University’s Viticulture & Enology program, is the winemaker and vineyard manager. Justen, a graduate of Rutgers University’s agriculture school, is the marketing and event director. In 2000, their father, Michael Beneduce Sr. purchased a 51-acre farm in Pittstown in western New Jersey to supply a garden center that he owned. Nine years later, a vineyard was planted, and Beneduce opened to the public ... Read full review



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Unionville Vineyards   0
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Unionville Vineyards, located in the bucolic, rolling hills of western New Jersey, is one of the most renowned wineries in the state. Originally part of the largest peach orchard in the United States, the land was first planted with grapes in 1988, and the winery opened to the public in 1993. In 2008, founders Kris Nielsen and Patricia Galloway sold Unionville Vineyards to a group of investors. Today, it's best known for its signature Chardonnay wine. At the 2010 International Wine and Spirit Competition, Unionville's Chardonnay was the only wine from the United States to win a ... Read full review



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Old York Cellars   0
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More than a decade ago, I visited a small quaint winery in the rolling hills of western New Jersey named Amwell Valley Vineyard, which is known today as Old York Cellars. In 1978 Dr. Michael Fisher, a prominent scientist, planted French-American hybrid grapes on a farm in the town of Ringoes and was a leading advocate of the New Jersey Farm Winery Act which removed Prohibition-era restrictions on the number of wineries in the state. Amwell Valley Vineyards sold wine from 1982 until 2005, when Fisher passed away. The winery was purchased by attorney David Wolin and ... Read full review



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Terhune Orchards & Winery   0
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In 1975, after returning from a stint as Peace Corps agricultural agents in the South Pacific, Gary and Pam Mount bought a 55-acre farm from the Terhune family. Over time, the Mounts more than tripled the size of the property, located in the town of Lawrence in central New Jersey. For many years, Terhune Orchards has been famous for their fresh produce and bake goods. After returning home from college in California, their daughter Tannwen suggested that the family become winemakers. In 2003 grapes were planted, and Terhune Orchards began selling wine in 2010.

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Hopewell Valley Vineyards   0
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Winemaking is in Sergio and Violetta Neri's blood. Sergio's family owned vineyards in Tuscany where they made Brunello di Montalcino wines, and Violetta's grandmother was a winemaker from the Macedonia region of Greece who made white wine. In 1996, the couple bought a 75-acre farm in the quaint town of Hopewell in central New Jersey. Five years later, grapes were planted, and in 2003 Hopewell Valley Vineyards opened to the public. I first visited the winery soon after it opened, and I was moved by the friendliness of the owners and their willingness to make uncommon vintages such ... Read full review



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