This article is sponsored by The Garden State Wine Growers Association.

New Jersey is well known for its tomatoes, white corn, peaches, and cranberries, but there’s even more to love in the Garden State. Specifically, wine. New Jersey’s vineyards are producing a delicious variety of quality wines each season and fall is the perfect time to celebrate with a visit to the beautiful wineries located throughout the state.

New Jersey has three federally designated American Viticultural Areas. The Outer Coastal Plain in the southern half of the state, Central Delaware Valley, just north of Trenton and the  Warren Hills area in Warren County. All have specific climate, terrain, soil and conditions ideal for wine grape growing.

This article is sponsored by the Garden State Wine Growers Association.

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According to Sergio Neri, master vintner and founder of Hopewell Valley Vineyards, New Jersey is actually the ideal climate and terrain for certain varietals.

“As far as the weather conditions, New Jersey vineyards have a relatively short growing season (from May to the end of September) that makes it difficult for certain red wine varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, to properly mature on a consistent annual basis,” explains Neri.

What does grow well?

According to Neri, “White wines are usually more adept for NJ weather. And I’d say Chardonnay, in particular, is one of the best grape varietals for making New Jersey wine. Chardonnay is ideal for New Jersey vineyards of the European vinifera varieties.”

wine events, fall wine events“Two other excellent grape varietals for white wine in New Jersey viticulture include Vidal and Trambinet, which you’ll find even up in the Finger Lakes, a renowned region to explore the delicious expressions of East Coast wines.”

If you are a fan of red wine, New Jersey is ideal for the growth and production of Chambourcin, a French hybrid that produces a fruit-forward wine.

With more than 50 wineries, New Jersey wines are becoming a local favorite for East Coast residents and many are winning awards at major competitions.

Fall is the ideal time to sample New Jersey wines and visit vineyards celebrating the harvest with open-to-the-public events. Here are a few to put on your calendar.

Wine Train at Villa Milagro Vineyards

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When: September 3
Details: Romance on the rails! Travel along the banks of the beautiful Delaware River pulled by historic steam Engine #142 enroute to a vineyard and winery tour and tasting at Villa Milagro Vineyards. The wine tasting includes hot hors d’oeuvres. It’s sure to be a memorable day out on the train, which runs until the end of October.
More Info: Visit their website for more.

fall wine events, wine eventsSangria Making Class at Hopewell Valley Vineyards

When:  September 9
Details: Learn all about the art of making sangria from the celebrated wine makers at Hopewell Valley Vineyards. Participants get to taste and take home a jar of the final product.
More Info: Visit their website for more.

fall wine events, wine eventsBarefoot Grape Stomping at Four Sisters Winery

When: September 9
Details: Invoke your inner Lucy Ricardo, take off your shoes and get to stomping. The long lost Italian tradition is brought to life at Four Sisters along with an educational wine cellar tour, spaghetti and meatball wine tasting dinner, music and more.
More Info: Visit their website for more.

wine events, fall wine eventsFood Trucks and Fire Pits at Laurita Winery

When: September 16 and 17
Details: More than 30 food trucks will set up shop at Laurita Winery for a culinary festival that is fun for the whole family. Free vineyard wagon tours and live music dot the day.
More Info: Visit their website for more info.

fall wine events, wine eventsGrand Harvest Wine & Music Festival

When: September 24
Details: Enjoy tastings from 20 premier New Jersey wineries, live bands, great foods, craft vendors, kids’ activities and a two-day slate of food and wine talks curated by edible Jersey magazine.
More Info: Visit their website for more.

fall wine events, wine eventsNew Jersey Harvest Wine Festival

When: November 3
Details: Taste the night away and enjoy an amazing array of 150+ wines sourced from the world’s best wineries! Enjoy full-bodied and rich reds, crisp whites, many specialty wines — great wines for fall, and the holidays, too!
More info: Visit their website for more.

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