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A Guide to the Best Jersey Shore Wineries

by Jenna Giustino
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Something about a beach day at the Jersey Shore calls to be concluded with a glass of wine, which is why a search for the best wineries near the shore is necessary. Wineries have become a popular weekend destination — the vineyards are a fun backdrop for a group photo, and the charcuterie boards are the easiest appetizer to share while sipping wine and catching up with friends. The Jersey Shore Girl compiled a list of wineries close to the Jersey Shore so you wouldn’t have to. Keep reading for a guide to wineries at the Jersey Shore.

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4JG’s Winery | 127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck

 

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4JG’s Winery is located in Colts Neck, just minutes from the Jersey Shore. Its tasting room hours are from 12PM to 5PM on Saturdays + Sundays; an admission fee of $20 includes a tasting and a souvenir logo glass. Most of the tastings are held outside in its fields; during the summer, there is a tented area for shade, and in the colder weather, there are fire pits to keep customers warm. FYI: Bottles can’t be opened on-site but can be purchased and brought home.

Bacchus Winemaking Club | 1540 NJ-37 # B1, Toms River

Bacchus Winemaking Club is the location for those wine enthusiasts who have visited enough wineries to know that they are ready to make a wine of their own. The Bacchus Winemaking Club is a winemaking experience involving four one-hour sessions. There are two seasons to make the wine: California season is from September to November, and the South American session is provided from April to May. During these sessions, The Bacchus Winemaking Club shows customers how to crush the grapes, press the grapes, bottle the wine, and even make a custom wine label.

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Balic Winery | Route 40 6623 Harding Highway, Mays Landing

Balic Winery is a little less than a half hour away from Atlantic City, so after visiting that beach, check out this winery with more than 27 award-winning fine-crafted wines with a European accent. Its wines are broken up into multiple categories, like traditional reds and whites, but it also has fun flavors like pumpkin, mango, holiday, and pomegranate. It also has events like its summer festivals, which are updated on its website and linked here.

Beach Bee Meadery | 89 Long Branch Avenue, Long Branch

 

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Beach Bee Meadery serves dry, sweet, sparkling, and hopped meads. After visiting Pier Village or going to the beach at Long Branch, Beach Bee Meadery is the perfect option to test different meads. JSG recommends getting a flight in its tasting room or outdoor patio. The flavors vary by season, but the Key Lime Pie, Spicy Marg, and Hula Dancer are fun favorites. For those hot summer days, the frozen mead will help cool anyone off after a day at the shore.

Cape May Winery + Vineyard | 711 Town Bank Road, Cape May

Cape May Winery has the oldest roots in Cape May County. It serves wine by bottle + glass, but there are also wine flight and 1L carafe options. It has unique characteristics like its tapas menu, which features seasonal ingredients that can be paired with a wine of choice. JSG recommends looking into its pop-up dinners, grill nights, Friday happy hours, and Summer Sunday Brunch. Be sure to check out Cape May Winery’s Instagram, linked here, for monthly live music schedules.

Day Sipper Wine, Brew, + Spirits Tour | Cape May County

While this isn’t a winery, JSG figured that this list would make you want to visit more than one vineyard, which is why Day Sipper Wine is on this list. For $165 a person, customers will get a ride to three wineries and complimentary tastings at each, and the tour guide and access to Rick Leiti, the tour guide who has a ton of knowledge on the wine industry and will give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at all the wineries. Day Sipper Wine + Brew Tours will pick customers up anywhere in Cape May County, and its tye-dye van can fit up to 12 people.

Fox Hollow Vineyards | 939 Holmdel Road, Holmdel

Fox Hollow Vineyards is a winery in Holmdel that has wine tastings all season long. JSG loves that Fox Hollow Vineyards has board games that customers can rent out while they sip wine and sit by one of its fire pits. There is also live music on the weekends, along with freshly squeezed mimosas, but if visiting during the week, there is happy hour from Mondays to Thursdays from 3PM to 5PM. Fox Hollow Vineyards has an extensive food menu, which JSG recommends capping with the chocolate + wine pairing.

Hawk Haven Vineyard + Winery | 600 South Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande

Hawk Haven Vineyard + Winery produces estate-grown, handcrafted wines in Cape May County. It has guided wine tastings every day, year-round; one of Hawk Haven’s wine guides walks customers through a featured selection of six wines. If it is a nice day outside, customers can bring their pups and sit outside with a glass of wine on the vineyard lawn at the picnic tables. Every Friday night in July + August, Hawk Haven Vineyard has its Rootstock Vineyard Concert, featuring live music from musicians worldwide, from brass bands to funk fusions. JSG loves that there are gourmet snacks and food truck fare to accompany the live music that is sure to mix well with some ice-cold wine on a summer night.

Jessie Creek Winery | 1 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House

Jessie Creek Winery is a boutique winery with five acres of vines, specializing in estate-grown white + red varietals. It is known for its Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and hybrid grape Chambourcin. Special features of this winery include The Inn at Jessie Creek, a historic farmhouse nestled in front of the Winery with views of the vineyard, making this a convenient place for wine lovers to stay for a weekend in Cape May. There is also The Gallery at Jessie Creek, which is a rotating display of artwork from the community; each month, a new exhibition is debuted, and the artist(s) are present alongside light foods, a featured wine sample, and even live music.

Natali Vineyards | 221 North Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House

 

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Natali Vineyards has a selection of dry + semi-sweet whites and dry reds. Some of its specialty bottles include the Captain Vinho, a semi-sweet red that Natali Vineyards recommends trying with a side of chocolate. It also has a specialty blueberry and cranberry wine that could be a great addition to Thanksgiving dinner or mixed well with sparkling wine. Visitors to Natali Vineyards can enjoy a picnic on its secluded grounds as it has snacks from local + regional farms and businesses that go well with its wines by the glass, bottle, or flight.

Renault Winery + Resort | 72 Nremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City

Renault Winery + Resort is the spot to visit for anyone looking to escape for a weekend away. The resort has 19 unique venue spaces: restaurants, bars, cafes, ballrooms, outdoor event space with staging, a hotel, firepits, igloos, and an outdoor heated tent for those visiting in the colder months. Renault Winery + Resort is one of the few wineries in the United States that have the privilege of labeling its sparkling wine as Champagne. Its historical tour and taste is every Wednesday; it is a guided tour of the winery with pairings of the wines + champagnes, and food is also provided.

Tomasello Winery Tasting Room | 1 North New York Road, Smithville

 

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This Tomasello Winery Tasting Room is located in the cute shopping area of the Historic Smithville. While here, visitors can check out the various Tomasello wines and partake in a tasting to figure out which bottle to take home. There are also wine-themed gifts that pair well with that new bottle of wine that can be purchased as a souvenir for this day out. FYI: If you love the wine here and want to visit the winery, its vineyard is in Hammonton.

Turdo Vineyards + Winery | 3911 Bayshore Road, Cape May

Turdo Vineyards + Winery specializes in old-world wines, including Italian varietals like Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese, and Nero D’Avola. It provides wine tastings, bottle purchases, and wine by the glass. Its white wines are fermented in stainless steel, and its red wines are aged in French oak barrels. Turdo Vineyards originally opened for the 2024 season for curbside pickup and UPS shipping only. However, it will be bringing back its tasting room and patio this summer.

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The Wine Experience | ​​​​168 Stevens Street, West Cape May

The Wine Experience is a winemaking center located in Monmouth County. Since 1998, It has been teaching wine lovers the art and science behind private-label winemaking. The course contains six hands-on sessions that help everyone produce, barrel, age, bottle, and custom-label wine.

Willow Creek Winery | 168 Stevens Street, West Cape May

When arriving at Willow Creek Winery, customers will drive through a winding road of its 50+ acre estate of gardens, vines, and artwork. Once inside, its tasting room is a spacious rustic hall perfect for drinking wine or sangria flights. Its estate-grown and blended wines pair well with its grill menu or charcuterie boards. Its wine menu includes reds, whites, roses, sangrias, and flights, and it also has a sweet wine category, all of which is accompanied by live music scheduled for most weekends.

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