Toast the Season with
Vintage North Jersey’s Wineries

Share some holiday cheer, or shall we say, cheers, with a gift from one of North Jersey’s very own. These eight local wineries will help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with stocking stuffers, presents for that special person, and, as you might have guessed, some truly “seasonal” wines.

Brook Hollow Winery offers fun wine stocking stuffers and stylish décor for everyone on your list, including your office Secret Santa, most under $20. The staff at Four Sister’s Winery is there to help you with a glass of late-harvest apple wine and personalized wine labels with a special message and holiday art. For the savvy shopper, check out the holiday deals offered at Ventimiglia Vineyards: 5% off any two bottles, 10% off any six bottles, and 15% off a case throughout December. Bountiful baskets filled with Terhune Orchards-grown goodies make the perfect gift for someone who has it all. Special apple ornaments are included with a purchase of two or more bottles.

Head over to Villa Milagro Vineyards for a south of the border celebration with limited edition Feliz Navidad wine and homemade buῆuelos to enjoy inside a newly renovated tasting room. At Old York Cellars, stop in, sip, and see Santa on December 20-21 from 12-5 p.m. Take home a photo, custom label, and a bottle for someone on your “nice” list. Unionville Vineyards celebrates the holidays with Port – the perfect toast to the season; enjoy four special releases, comprising current and past vintages, available for a limited time. At Beneduce Vineyards, Santa’s coming to town in his very own fire engine on Sunday, December 21 at 5pm; come for pictures and an exclusive tasting of their recently released MANGIONE, a limited production Super Tuscan blend.

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Vintage North Jersey!

New Jersey’s Skylands Region is known for its captivating landscapes, tranquility, natural beauty and active farmland. Sprinkled with nearly a dozen vineyards, the area is also making its mark as a delightful destination for a diversity of wineries. So no matter in which direction you travel, you’re sure to discover something to please your palate.

Dubbed the Vintage North Jersey Wine Trail, the 88 miles from the extreme northern, rugged terrain of Sussex, to the rolling hills of Hunterdon and Mercer Counties, which boast world-class grapevines, there is plenty of flavor to savor. And, as you meander along the trails, your appreciation for the Garden State will surely grow.

Where else can you go and be serenaded by the fall breeze while taking in natural landscapes and picturesque mountains dotted by farms, and yes wineries? To taste it is to love it!

As an added bonus, those who visit all of the participating wineries will qualify for a chance to win an outdoor adventure, overnight stay, area attraction tickets and more. Drawings are held each December 31st.

Here’s what you’ll experience as you sip, relax and let the stresses of the day melt away:

Sussex County

These vineyards specialize in an artful variety of hybrid grapes, such as Frontenac, Seyval and Marquette, along with select vinifera grapes and native American Grapes such as Concord.

Ventimiglia Vineyard: 101 Layton Road, Wantage
This 50-acre venue welcomes visitors to enjoy the farm and the winemaking experience. Their focus is to blend traditional European winemaking from the Old world to the Sussex County farm.
Westfall Winery: 141 Clove Road, Montague
This 300-plus acres farm is home to scores of fine red, white and Jersey fruit wines. The specialty wine recipes Spanish Passion (Sangria), Cranberry Wine and Peach Chardonnay are local favorites.
Cava Winery & Vineyard: 3619 New Jersey 94, Hamburg
This winery, whose name means “mine,” calls on its Italian heritage when making wines and offers a bistro-style menu of tapas, salads, pizzas and paninis as a “tour at every table.”

Warren County

These wineries are located in an area federally-designated as perfect for growing wine grapes – Warren Hills American Viticulture Area. Here, well-drained limestone soils are perfect for growing both French-American hybrids, such as Leon Millot and French vinifera, such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Four Sisters Winery 783 County Road 519, Belvidere
This 250-acre farm is committed to offering quality wines among the rolling fields. Throughout the year, it offers grape-stomping parties and murder mystery dinners. Try their “Sadie’s Apple” made from their farm’s apples.
Brook Hollow: 594 State Highway 94, Columbia
Nestled in the heart of the scenic Delaware Water Gap, this winery prides itself on creating dry, complex varietals. In addition a fan favorite is their Cranberry Wine, made from 100 percent fresh New Jersey cranberries.
Villa Milagro Vineyards: 33 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Finesville
Located on the cliffs overlooking the Delaware and Musconetcong Rivers, you can view four counties and two states on a clear day while sampling unique blends of Bordeaux style wines, such as their Incendio and Casi Dulce. Bring a lunch to relax on the porch and drink in the views.

Hunterdon County

Traveling southward into Hunterdon County, the foothills of the Piedmont meet the northernmost reaches of the coastal plain, affording a rich diversity of soil profiles and microclimates, providing for fertile grounds where many varieties of grape thrive.

Beneduce Vineyards: 1 Jeremiah Lane, Pittstown
One of the Garden State’s newest wineries, this venue focuses on offering a large selection of high quality, dry wines. Take an antique tractor-pulled tour of their 10 acre estate vineyard, or cozy up by their outdoor bonfire and sip a glass of wine while you watch the sun set over Hunterdon's hills.
Old York Cellars Winery & Vineyard: 80 Old York Road, Ringoes
This venue features estate buildings that double as cellars that play host to various events. As part of its recently launched “What Exit” program, buyers can customize what their label says and provide $1 from each bottle to support the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Unionville Vineyards: 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes
Unionville makes wines from five estate vineyards, each having unique soils, slopes and microclimates. The pinnacle of their operation is the Single Vineyard Series, a collection of wines which showcases the different terroirs of the three counties their estate plantings cover. Unionville has won back-to-back Governor's Cup awards; Best Overall in '12 and Best Dessert in '13.

Mercer County

Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
It’s not just about grape growing on this 200-acre orchard. Terhune has grown various vegetables and fruits, including apples and peaches, since 1975. Their wine “Just Peachy” won the Governors Cup Gold Award earlier this year

Be sure to set aside time this fall for a leisurely drive through the North Jersey Wine Trail countryside. Sip a glass of vino and enjoy the view. No exits, no noise. Just tranquil countryside and delicious wines. It's all about the experience! Come enjoy!

Check our farm destinations map for winery locations.

The North Jersey Wine Trail is supported in part by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism For more information on each winery, please visit Vintage North Jersey.

This story was first published: Autumn, 2013
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