The Jersey Cape Winery, Brewery & Distillery Trail
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FROM VINE TO WINE, THE JERSEY CAPE HAS EARNED BRAGGING RIGHTS, for some of the best wines this side of Napa Valley – and most of these great vintages are made from grapes grown right here in Cape May county. Always recognized as the Garden State for great fruits and vegetables, parts of the state, especially the southern peninsula, have emerged in the past decade as the perfect place to grow grapes Sandy soil and breezes from the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean provide the environment that many European grapes need to thrive. Savor the wines and enjoy the ambiance of each distinct winery – while acting and drinking responsibly, of course – as you follow the Jersey Cape Winery Trail. In addition to being blessed by our temperate microclimate, there is some great news for all… a recent law was passed that allows New Jersey wineries to ship wine directly to your door. Before they were only able to sell the wine in tasting rooms or in the limited retail outlets. Now you can get them straight from the source. Visit each winery online or call to find out more about direct delivery.

WINERIES
CAPE MAY WINERY & VINEYARD has over 150 acres, and produces more than 16 different varieties of grapes. Visitors can experience the winery and its tasting rooms, and go on a winery tour. Their main focus is viniferous grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Chardonnay. Cape May Winery is open everyday for tastings from 12pm to 6pm (Summer) and until 7pm on Friday and Saturdays (July & August). In the Winter they are open from 12 pm to 5pm. Tours run every day at 3 pm Mid June to Columbus Day and only Saturdays in the winter (reservations needed). 711 Townbank Rd., Cape May, NJ 08204. 609-884-1169 or www.capemaywinery.com

HAWK HAVEN VINEYARD & WINERY is located on a sprawling 100+ acre farm in Cape May County, where sandy soils and cool ocean summer breezes create the perfect growing conditions for crafting fine artisan wines. The vineyard and winery is operated by a husband and wife team on a third generation farm where you’ll find varietals such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Tempranillo and Merlot. They host wine tastings daily, as well as seasonal events like Friday Night Supper Club, Saturdays on the Crushpad, and Sangria Sundays. 600 So. Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande, NJ 08242. 609-846-7347 or www.hawkhavenvineyard.com

JESSIE CREEK VINEYARD & WINERY is known for its Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. The vineyards are harvested and processed by hand, onsite, resulting in a flavor and quality that can only be captured at a boutique facility. They have a tasting room and you can celebrate special occasions in their event hall. Visitors to the winery during harvest season have the opportunity to experience picking the grapes from the vine, processing the fruit and enjoying the thrill of bottling the final product. The winery is located adjacent to their 150 year old Bed & Breakfast, and is open Monday - Sunday 11am to 5pm, year round. 1 North Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. 609-536-2092 or www.jessiecreekwinery.com

NATALI VINEYARDS & WINERY grows tender European wine grapes. Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Barbara are only a few examples of the fifteen different varieties. Visitors can watch behind the scenes winemaking on a daily basis. Natali produces 27 different types of wine and also has wine made from blueberry fermented with honey, banana, pineapple, and even locally grown beach plum. Natali Vineyards is Open Daily ALL YEAR ROUND from 10am-5pm in the winter and 10am-7pm in the summer for private and public wine tastings. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 221 North Delsea Drive (North Route 47), Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. 609-465-0075 or www.nataliwines.com

SOUTHWIND VINEYARD, Deerfield Township: Specializing in making wines in the Bordeaux style, the vineyard also produces grapes for Merlot, Chardonnay and Viognier wines. Try the Bloody Hand Cabernet Sauvignon or the Blanc de Noir, a white wine made from red grapes. 385 Lebanon Road, Bridgeton 856-455-2039 or www.southwindsvineyardllc.com

TURDO VINEYARD & WINERY is a family owned and run winery situated in the southern tip of Cape May County. They have emerged as New Jersey’s finest winery and have been awarded with many honors and medals from various prestigious international wine competitions. Turdo Vineyard has been named; “Best Wine Shop” in Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of the Shore 2010 and featured in many newspaper articles. The winery grows and produces 15 varieties of wine, from dry whites and rose', to Italian reds such as Nero D'Avola, Nebbiolo, and Sangiovese. The tasting room is open 12-5pm Memorial Day-Labor Day, and to call for off-season hours. 3911 Bayshore Rd., North Cape May, NJ 08204. 609-884-5591 or www.turdovineyards.com

WILLOW CREEK VINEYARD & WINERY produces premium sustainable wines that are grown and bottled on site on our 50 acre Cape May Island farm. They grow unique varietals of vitis vinifera (grape vines) which are now producing wines of award winning quality. Willow Creek Winery offers great vineyard vistas and gardens for strolling and picnics that will delight visitors. Groups of up to 400+ guests can also arrange for private tours, wine tasting, and private dinners/luncheons. They also host Wine Tasting Events & Farm Festivals. Willow Creek is opening to the public in the late summer of 2012 for daily tours, tastings and picnicking. 160-168 Stevens St., West Cape May, NJ 08204. 609-770-8782 or www.willowcreekwinerycapemay.com

BREWERIES
CAPE MAY BREWERY is New Jersey’s third largest producer of craft beer. Not too shabby for a couple of thirty-something guys – and one guy's dad – who first brewed a batch of beer together during a weekend at the Jersey Shore not all that long ago. In 2011, CMBC launched with a 12-gallon brew system and a single beer, appropriately named Cape May IPA. Now, CMBC has over 100 beers on its roster, and they're set to produce 15,000 barrels (472,500 gallons) of the good stuff this year. In order to keep up with demand, the company has expanded its digs, recently adding a second, 15,000-square-foot production space at Cape May Airport. This warehouse is home to a new bottling line and brew house that services over 300 accounts throughout Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. Some of the offerings have garnered national attention with such named beers as Coastal Evacuation Imperial IPA, the Tower 23 Berliner Weisse, and Devils Reach Belgian Ale. The names of these brews and others reflect the Cape May area. Tower 23 is a World War II artillery tower near Sunset Beach; King Porter pays tribute to the Cape May Jazz Festival; and the Turtle Gut American Sour recalls a Revolutionary War battle fought in present-day Wildwood Crest. The brewery doesn't just talk the talk – they incorporate local ingredients as well. The Avalon Coffee stout is made with the house blend of a nearby café, the Honey Porter requires 90-pounds of fresh Jersey honey for every 15-barrel batch, and the Beach Plum ale is made with – you guessed it – local beach plums. Cape May Brewery beers are available in bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. The tasting room (1288 Hornet Road, Cape May County Airport off Breakwater Road, Lower Township) which also features a new outdoor beer garden, is open every day from noon-8pm. For information on tours, taps, and tastings visit. 609-849-9933. www.capemaybrewery.com

COLD SPRING BREWERY opened in Summer 2016. Located on the grounds of Historic cold Spring Village, the tasting room for the brewery will be housed in an historic pine and white cedar barn c. 1804, moved from Palermo and reassembled on Village property. Beer will be made from recipes used between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, the time period the village represents. Two possibilities are a honey porter from the 1850s and a spruce beer made from spruce trees popular in the 1800s. The brewery is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 8 pm. It is located at 733 Seashore Road, Cold Spring, Cape May. For additional information, please contact the Village office at 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or email 4info@hcsv.org or visit www.hcsv.org

7 MILE BREWERY Cape May County’s newest craft brewery. Beers of every style and taste – many with home-grown, Jersey fresh ingredients – are offered at the production facility located at 3156 Route 9 South in Rio Grande. The craft brewery offers tastings, tours and cold beer on tap. Take some beer home in growlers and half kegs. Open 7 days per week, from 12 pm-10pm. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @7milebrew. www.7milebrew.com

SLACK TIDE BREWERY is turning out some impressive beers using locally-sourced ingredients, whenever possible. Angry Osprey, an Americ IPA, or perhaps Monkey Face – all from natural products and brewed in Clermont. Slack Tide Brewing Company was founded in 2015 by Jason and Tadhg Campbell, two brothers raised in Cape May County, New Jersey. Their philosophy is simple. Create a diverse and high-quality line of beers made with all natural ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. And, make Slack Tide Brewing Company a destination in Cape May County where locals feel at home and visitors look forward to returning. 1072 Route 83, Clermont. 609-478-2343. www.slacktidebrewingco.com

DISTILLERIES

CAPE MAY DISTILLERY opened in 2013 as the first artisanal distillery in the county producing Barrel Rum and Beach Rum, each with its own unique flavor, complementing small batch bourbons, specialized brandies and gin. 371 Route 47 South, Cape May Court House. 609-305-4939. www.cmydistillery.com

LAZY EYE DISTILLERY
produces small-batch, craft certified, gluten-free spirits. They believe in going back to the way things were done in the old days, from the fermentation of carefully selected grapes, to the distillation of small batches in pot stills, it is that time-honored tradition that truly yields a genuine taste. Tours and Tastings are available at our two locations by reservation. Private group tours available too. Wildwood Address: 135 E. Spicer Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260. Richland Address: 1328 Harding Highway, Richland, NJ 08350 www.lazyeyedistillery.com
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Supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism.