WEEKEND GETAWAY TO THE VINEYARDS
They say a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. Well, how about six miniature glasses of wine, does that work? And some cheese? I think so! Spend your next weekend at one of the finest wineries in the Garden State and enjoy tours, tastings, entertainment, and the most beautiful scenery New Jersey
Laurita Winery produces 14,000-16,000 cases of wine a year exclusive to the vineyard for purchase and for tastings on the winery and vineyard tours. The setting of Laurita takes place in a 20,000 square foot joint barn house, overlooking 40 acres of terraces, pergolas, woodlands, meadows, and pasture. Come to one of Laurita’s special events such as country line dancing, musical entertainment, multi-media art displays, ice sculptures, and food truck festivals! You can stay at the Inn on the estate if you would like to fully indulge with the benefits of a bed-and- breakfast and spa. A truly tranquil getaway!
Award-winning Alba Vineyard was founded in 1980 and resides in a historic barn that dates back to 1805. The 200-year old barn has beautiful limestone walls and oak beam framing that has been wonderfully preserved. This vineyard has won multiple awards and is setting the standard for New Jersey wine. Alba offers daily tastings paired with small bites such as artisan cheeses, flatbreads, fruits, and appetizers with tours available on the weekend.
Unionville planted their first vines in 1987 and the winery opened to the public in 1993. The winery sits on over 300 acres of preserved farmland that has once been marched over by George Washington’s troops. The property is part of the Farmland Preservation Program. The vineyard captured a pristine reputation in New Jersey with their single-vineyard Chardonnay receiving 88 points from the Beverage Tasting Institute. This Chardonnay placed higher than an expensive French Burgundy in a wine tasting held in Princeton, NJ. They offer wine tastings seven days a week and have complimentary tours of the vineyard on weekends.
Family owned and operated since 1999, Heritage Vineyards is dominating New Jersey wineries winning awards such as “Winery of the Year” for the past couple years. Bill Heritage and his wife Penni converted their 150 acre estate of peach & apple orchards into vineyards and are the fifth generation of farmers who have tended the land. They make a name for themselves with European varieties such as Merlots, Cabernets, Syrahs, and Chardonnays. The 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux Blend received 94 and 93 points from the Beverage Tasting Institute! That is wine worth tasting!
John and Debra Basile purchased their farm in 2009 to begin their journey together starting a winery. John has been a home wine maker for around twenty years and is a scientist by trade. Debra has a degree in Agricultural Economics and Environmental Science and knows the art of the land. They opened up their homey tasting room in 2012 where they have wine tastings, and food pairings. John and Debra love to pick up fresh fruit for their wine such as peaches, nectarines, cherries, strawberries, and grapes from neighboring farms! Try their sangria! I heard it’s out of this world and perfect for a warm summer day!
Tomasello Winery is located along the Atlantic Coast line and the Pinelands of New Jersey. Founded over 80 years ago, Tomasello has 70 acres of land dedicated to their 30 varieties of grape. Tomasello is known for their premium wines- Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Also, they have some splendid fruity wines like their Red Raspberry Sparkling Wine and Pomegranate/Blueberry blend. They have four different tasting rooms to venture to, and have a fun website to check out with lots of recipes using their fine wine.
Cheers to Vino!