Celebrate World-Class Wines along the Atlantic County Wine Trail

If you were under the impression that New Jersey is famous only for Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, and Bruce Springsteen, prepare for a very pleasant surprise, because there’s world-class wine waiting for you with the music.

Did you know that New Jersey is nicknamed the “Garden State” for its rustic and charming landscape? In fact, agriculture is its third largest industry, generating $65 billion a year. This is not surprising, considering that there are over forty vineyards nestled in picturesque countryside, offering six unique wine trails for the wine traveller and her VinGardeValise® to explore.

Most of these wineries host a variety of events throughout the year and this includes food festivals and wine tasting, live music, crafts, and of course, a trip through their history, all with an almost limitless choice of wine and spirits!

Today, we’ve picked the Atlantic County wine trail with five of the best wineries on the trail. Pack your camera, your sunglasses, and your VinGardeValise®, because you’re going to want to carry home some of the choicest world-class wines New Jersey has to offer. Don’t forget, your VGV is specifically designed to accommodate special inserts, to bring your wine bottles—no matter what shape or size—back home, safe and sound!

Now, let’s grab our wine suitcases and go!

 

Amalthea Cellars Farm Winery, Atco

Our first stop is at Amalthea Cellars Farm Winery in Atco, on the outer coastal plain of South New Jersey. This is one of the state’s premier wineries, offering complimentary and VIP tastings. Founded in 1976 by Louis Caracciolo, Amalthea Cellars has an interesting history. Caracciolo, who was fascinated with winemaking as a young boy and followed his passion in his grandfather’s footsteps, says, “I came on the scene with an unlit torch and my grandfather passed the flame.” He is an expert at blending archaic winemaking techniques with modern enology and proved that Europe’s classic wine grapes could be grown and made into fine wines. He says, “Our winery is one of only few wineries left in the world that truly handcrafts its wines from harvest to bottle, and you can taste the difference. New oak barrels and time are what many wineries pass up in an attempt to cut costs and the final product suffers. At Amalthea Cellars you will find nothing but smooth and well balanced wines that are sure to please.” Amalthea Cellars grows handcrafted award-winning wines. In October 2007 and June 2008, in an event titled “The Judgment of New Jersey”, their wine was declared the best by 100 wine tasters, from the finest French and Napa vintages.  Enjoy their wine cellars and tasting, and don’t forget to reserve in advance!

 

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Facebook rating 4.7 stars, 99 reviews

TripAdvisor rating 4.5 stars, 28 reviews

Features

  • Wine cellars and tasting room
  • Fresh draft wine program
  • Tasting by the flight (dry white, dry red, and off-dry flights)
  • Flight tower includes artisan cheese sampler
  • Gift shop
  • Online store with wines, cheese, chocolates, and more
  • Tours at harvest time
  • Annual events
  • VIP membership

Address

Amalthea Cellars

209 Vineyard Rd.

Atco, NJ 08004

Store & Tasting Room

Open Tuesday – Sunday 11a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Mondays

Sharrott Winery, Winslow

Established in 2005, Sharrott Winery is a family owned winery located in the charming New Jersey Pinelands. They use sustainable wine growing practices to reduce their carbon footprint and have a reputation for producing excellent vintages. They have a full calendar of events, including their much sought after summer live music series, annual events, wine releases, and more. Visitors can taste their whites, reds, and sweet wines during a tour of their grounds. Each variety uses a unique production method, and wine tasting on their patio is a grand affair with their vintages served with an array of cheese. Varieties include chardonnay, pinot grigio, cabernet, and more. The friendly staff answers any questions about flavor profiles and food pairings. Sharrott Winery has won a long list of awards since 2008, and the latest is the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2017, where 3077 wines from 621 wineries spanning 16 countries were in the running, and The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with over 7000 wine entries from 28 states, considered the largest competition of American wines in the world. According to them, “We believe great wine begins in the vineyard, in unity with Mother Nature.”

 

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Facebook 4.6 stars/ 340 reviews

Tripadvisor 4.5 stars/58 reviews

Features

  • Table service
  • Venue for special celebrations
  • Events
  • Live music series
  • Vineyard tours
  • Spring wine festival
  • Wine and music festival
  • Tours are available Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Reservations required for groups of 8 or more
  • Wine club
  • Tasting room
  • Dry red wines
  • Dry white wines
  • Sweeter side wines
  • Group tasting
  • Gift cards
  • Shop online

Address

370 S. Egg Harbor Rd. (Rt. 561),

Hammonton, NJ 08037.

Open Sunday – Thursday 12:00 noon to 5 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 12:00 noon to 6 p.m.

Plagido’s Winery, Hammonton

Established in 2007 by Plagido Tomasello, Plagido’s Winery is a family owned business and spread across four fields in 15 acres of land. Plagido is one of Hammonton’s pioneer farmers, who arrived from Italy during the late 1800s. Today, Ollie Tomasello continues the family tradition of producing fine wine. All grapes in their wine are estate grown, trimmed, harvested, and nurtured by hand, and fermented in stainless steel vats or American oak. Their Tuscany Tasting Room offers a family-like atmosphere where you can enjoy their estate bottled wines. They recommend their Signature White, Plagido’s Choice. Plagido’s Winery was declared New Jersey’s Winery of the Year 2016, awarded by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, and they have a long list of awards, including the award for excellence in tourism. According to their website, “We are currently the only winery in NJ to grow and bottle this succulent green grape that produces a well-balanced wine that tempts the palate with subtle tastes of pear and honeydew with a slightly sweet finish.” When you visit, don’t forget to pick up one of their chocolate covered wine bottles hand dipped by Cheryl Pirrera. The bottle is covered in a full pound of chocolate and makes a great gift.

Facebook  4.6  stars/ 175  reviews

Tripadvisor 4.5 stars/34 reviews

Features

  • Wine festivals
  • Wine Tastings 7 days a week  
  • Tasting with Souvenir glass
  • Free tours
  • VIP and Case Club
  • Shop online
  • Friday Happy Hour with live music
  • Chocolate covered wine bottles

Address

570 N. First Rd.,

Hammonton, NJ 08037

Open: 7 days a week (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Valenzano Winery, Shamong

Established in 1996, Valenzano Winery started small as a hobby in Shamong, New Jersey, in the center of the Pine Barrens. Today, the winery spans 88 acres of farms with a brand new 34,000 square foot production and retail facility, and has grown into one of New Jersey’s largest producers of quality wine. Their wines are the top selling brand in a majority of restaurants and wine shops in NJ.  From their Red, White and Blueberry sangria, to their Jersey Devil Mead or Cabernet/Merlot Reserve, Valenzano Winery’s aim is to produce the best quality wines at affordable prices. Their wines have been awarded double gold medals from the Indy International Wine Competition, and Fingerlakes International Wine Competition, along with the NJ Governor’s Cup and dozens of other prestigious awards.  Anthony Valenzano says, “Valenzano is known for setting trends – not copying them!  We also produce a line of Specialty Wines that have introduced an entirely new generation and market of people to wines.  Our customers appreciate the efforts we put into our winery and they know that we are the type of business who will do what is necessary to keep our customers happy.”

Facebook 4.7 stars/ 265 reviews

Tripadvisor 5 stars/70 reviews

Features

  • Military discounts
  • Wedding venue
  • Indoor and outdoor event areas
  • Gift shop
  • Custom labels
  • Events
  • Meeting facilities
  • Complimentary wine tasting
  • Tasting Room
  • Wine tasting and tours
  • Paint ights
  • Comedy shows
  • Fireworks festivals
  • Annual wine fest
  • Yoga
  • Conference Center
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Private Events. 50-150 people

Address

1090 Rt. 206,

Shamong, NJ 08088

Open Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bellview Winery, Landisville

Established in 2000, Bellview Winery is a family owned vineyard and winery, located in Landisville, the heart of Southern New Jersey. What started as a vegetable and fruit farm grew into a winery producing Estate grown wines on the same land they have been farming for nearly 100 years. Bellview won the New Jersey Winery of the Year in 2012 and has continued to produce award winning wines including Viognier, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Blaufrankisch, and other speciality wines. Their estate wines are produced from grapes cultivated in their 40-acre vineyard, and include a wide variety of dry whites and reds, semi-sweet, a blush, fruit and dessert wines, Port, Ice Wine, and their specialty Dandelion wine, one of four in the country. Their spacious tasting room, in the Quarella family wine cellar offers award-winning wines to suit all tastes. According to their website, “We’ve worked to create wines that will suit all tastes, from dry whites and reds, to sweeter whites, reds, a blush, and our fruit wines. There’s no better place to enjoy Bellview wine than right in our Tasting Room. Feel free to visit and try our wines, or sit back and relax with a glass of wine while overlooking the vineyards and enjoying the weather. We also encourage you to spend the day picnicking on our grass outside, or sit down and spend some time at a table with family and friends.”

Facebook 4.7 stars/ 556 reviews

TripAdvisor 4.5 stars/50 reviews

Features

  • Tasting room
  • Menu that includes a variety of meats, cheeses, dips and more
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Group Tours by appointment
  • Events for 50-150 people
  • Yearlong festivals
  • Summer music concert series
  • Seafood festival
  • Harvest Party
  • Italian Festival
  • Gift shop
  • Gift Baskets
  • Custom labels
  • Vinter’s Club
  • Meeting facilities
  • Military discount
  • Family friendly
  • Pubic Wi-Fi

Address

150 Atlantic St.

Landisville, NJ 08326

Open 7 Days a Week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Except for major holidays)

That’s it for our favorite picks from the Atlantic County wine trail. Plan a day trip soon to New Jersey and enjoy the warm hospitality of these family-owned wineries. Get your fill of natural beauty of the Garden State. So much to do, see, and enjoy! So many new wines to meet and bring back home in your VinGardeValise® along with the wonderful memories you can cherish, as you relax with your favorite wines.

Have you visited any of these wineries before? Does your bucket list include wine trails in New Jersey? Talk to us!

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