Exploring the Popular Wine Regions of New Jersey

New Jersey is home to four American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and over 50 wineries, making it a great destination for wine lovers. From the majestic Laurita Winery to the ingenious gardens of Cape May Winery, there are plenty of places to explore and discover the diverse and delicious wines of the Garden State. Whether you're looking for award-winning wines, fruit wines, blushed wines, port wines, iced wines, spiced wines, sangria or sparkling wines, New Jersey has something for everyone. The Southern Region 2 AVA contains wineries located in Gloucester and Salem counties on the AVA outer coastal plain.

Laurita Winery is a popular destination with its 150-year-old barns converted into a tasting room and outdoor patio with stunning vineyard views. The shaded picnic field is perfect for families with children who can play on the playground while adults enjoy live music on the outdoor concert stage. The Cape May Peninsula AVA is a sub-AVA of the OCP and home to the Cape May Winery tasting room. The grounds are somewhat enclosed but the gardens make the most of every square inch of this property.

New Jersey's wine industry is rapidly evolving and visitors may need guidance to locate all the wineries and plan a day trip or weekend getaway. The Garden State Winegrowers Association can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more useful information when visiting wineries in New Jersey. Wine writing has appeared in many print and online publications such as Wine Enthusiast, VinePair, Courier Post, Spirited Magazine, Edible Philly, Edible Jersey, USA Today and Drink Philly. A champion of wines from the Mid-Atlantic region hosts a talk about East Coast wines on the Clubhouse app every Sunday night at 7 p.m. As more wineries open up in New Jersey, they are developing old and new varieties that work well in the state.