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NJ Wineries to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Mothers Statewide May 9 – 10
With another long, cold winter firmly in the rearview mirror, spring has arrived and the vineyards of the Garden State are bursting back to life! The tradition continues as New Jersey wineries host the annual Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend May 9 and 10 at tasting rooms across the state. The trail covers Sussex to Cape May Counties, and travelers can expect special wine tastings, live music, food pairings, and plenty of fragrant fresh flowers—both cut and grapevine—heralding the season.
There are more than 50 wineries open now in the Garden State, and they will all be open to visitors during the special weekend. Some wineries, like Terhune Orchards & Vineyard, in Lawrence; Old York Cellars, in Ringoes; and DiBella Winery, in Woolwich, will offer complimentary tastings for mothers. Others such as Sharrott Winery, in Winslow; Natali Vineyards, in Cape May; and Salem Oak Vineyards, in Pedricktown, will have fresh flowers to send home with Mom. Some wineries, like Valenzano Winery in Shamong and Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington will have vendors on site for the guests of honor to pick out a little something special for themselves after a wine tasting. Cava Winery in Wantage will offer a special luncheon for the holiday, and Tomasello Winery in Hammonton invites guests to a traditional Mother’s Day brunch.
The Garden State Wine Growers Association’s Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend is one of four annual trail weekends that afford guests a terrific opportunity to visit multiple wineries over the course of a day or the entire weekend. The Association produces a passport program, which allows for visitors to collect stamps at each NJ winery. When all winery stamps are collected, the passport can be mailed back to the association and is then entered into a drawing for an annual international wine trip giveaway. The trip prize will be awarded on Sunday, May 24 at the Blues, Wine & BBQ Festival, at Schooley’s Mountain Park. The Association also offers a mobile app version of the passport.
The New Jersey wine industry continues to grow, as there were only about a dozen wineries open in 2000. New plantings in the vineyards across the state are a regular occurrence, and growers are loving the demand for quality, locally produced wines. Several new wineries and vineyards are slated to begin production over the next couple of years.
For the full list of participating wineries and details of the special offerings at each location, click here and also check out the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s full calendar of exciting opportunities to help you plan a winery weekend.
The GSWGA is a coalition of nearly 50 wineries and vineyards across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of the New Jersey wine industry. For more information, please contact Executive Director John Cifelli at 908-866-6529 or John@newjerseywines.com.