Sample Future Vintages From The Barrel During Garden State Wine Growers Association’s Annual Barrel Trail & Wine Tasting Weekend July 14-15

STATE–On the weekend of July 14 and 15th, New Jersey wine enthusiasts will get a chance to sample future award-winning vintages direct from the barrel of their favorite winery when the Garden State Wine Grower’s Association’s Barrel Trail and Wine Tasting Weekend is held at participating wineries across the state.

The right soil conditions, grapes and weather play a large role in making good wine. However, the character of the wine is also determined during the aging process, while stored in barrels.

GSWGA members will open their barrel rooms so that patrons can get a sense of what future wines will taste like. In addition, many wineries will be debuting new releases. Visitors will get the opportunity to see how the winemakers test their wines as they age and what they must do to bring a wine to maturity.

Wine fans planning to attend the barrel tasting wine trail should contact individual wineries about admission fees. Below is a list of some of the participating wineries and what they will offer on their barrel tasting tour. Visit

Four JG’s Winery, Colts Neck: July 14th and 15th from 12pm-5pm

A Nip from the Barrel….and taste the future! Join us for the Barrel sample weekend….Spend a lovely summer afternoon sipping from the barrel of Monmouth County’s largest vineyard. $5 cover charge includes logo glass, No reservation required.

Amalthea Cellars, Atco:


Complimentary Tastings are available Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Auburn Road Vineyard & WineryPilesgroveJuly 14-15, 2012: Barrel Tasting and Walk in the Vineyard Wine Trail Weekend:Each day, from Noon to 5 PM, for only $10 per person, join us for special surprises and events including:

  • Tastings of upcoming great Auburn Road wines right from the Barrel in our beautiful Barrel Room with our winemaker, Julianne;
  • Tours of the Vineyard with our Chief of Viticulture, Dave;
  • A tasting glass etched with the Auburn Road logo;
  • A glass of Auburn Road’s famous Sangria;
  • Tastings of all of Auburn Road’s wines; and
  • Kids under 21 are free

Bellview Winery, LandisvilleBarrel & Vineyard Trail Weekend Sat., July 14th and Sun., July 15th 11am until 5pm. Admission $5.00, includes tour, tasting and souvenir wine glass.

Trailer rides through our vineyards (hourly from noon to 3pm), special barrel samplings, and wines poured for tasting in our tasting room, sangrias by the carafe and appetizer platters available for indoor or outdoor picnicking.  Bellview is one stop you won’t want to miss! For directions, or call 856-697-7172 seven days a week, 10am to 5pm.

Brook Hollow Winery, Columbia: check website for event updates.

Cape May Winery & Vineyard, Cape May:

Is open tastings from 12 pm to 6pm and until 7pm on Saturdays, as well as tours every day at 3 pm

Cava Winery, HamburgSaturday and Sunday, July 14-15 – Barrel Trail Weekend

Enjoy a tour through the production room or throughout the vineyard with our winemakers. Tours will be on the hour, every hour starting at 1pm until 5pm. Enjoy a sample of our newest wines right out of the barrel.

Cedarville Winery, Logan Township: Check website for event updates.

Coda Rossa, Franklinville: Barrel Trail Weekend, July 14-15 12 – 5 pm each day in the Coda Rossa barrel room.

Cream Ridge Winery, Cream Ridge: Barrel Trail Weekend, July 14-15

Come sample our award winning wines while listening to live music.  Take a tour and sample wines from the tank and barrel.  Browse our gourmet shop and taste delicious products!  Wine release: Kiwine. Receive a glass with $5.00 admission.  11am – 5 pm.

DiMatteo Vineyards, HammontonBarrel Trail Weekend, July 14-15 – noon to 5 pm. $5 with a souvenir DiMatteo wine glass; $3 if you do not want to keep the glass.

Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms, Belvidere: July 14 & 15. Tank Tapping Wine Trail Weekend 12 noon – 5pm

Four Sisters Winery joins New Jersey wineries, across the state, providing an exclusive tasting straight from our tanks.  Cost: $5 includes vineyard and wine cellar tour and wine tasting of over 20 varieties available.  Light Refreshments will be served.

Hawk Haven Vineyards, Rio Grande:

Saturdays on the Crushpad July 14th  Noon – 7 pm Saturdays on the Crushpad is a great time to kick back and relax in the vineyard with a glass of Hawk Haven wine. Listen to live music and enjoy something off of our fresh gourmet menu prepared by the folks at The Red Store in Cape May Point, a new culinary delight run by the owners of Quahog’s Seafood Shack in Stone Harbor. Visit our events page for the full menu and a list of entertainment


Sangria Sundays July 15th Noon-7pm

Sangria Sundays are back for the fourth summer in a row! Have a glass of our award-winning wine, or a mason jar of our famous sangrias (red, white, and frozen). Listen to live music from a variety of local artists, and order something off of our gourmet lunch menu from our friends at Seaside Cheese Company. Sangria Sundays is a great way to start or end your trip to the Jersey Shore. Visit our events page for the full menu and a list of entertainment

Heritage Vineyard, Mullica Hill:  July 14 & 15 starting at Noon – Barrel Tasting Wine Trail Weekend at Heritage Tasting Room. Join us for our new wine release weekend from noon to 5 pm. As we debut our 2011 Estate Reserve Chardonnay, 2011 Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, Cuvee Rouge

Music Provided by Standard Deviation

Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington: Saturday & Sunday, July 14th & 15th 12:00 – 5:00 pm – Wine tastings are available at Hopewell Valley Vineyards every day from noon to five. For $6 you will sample 6 wines and take home your HVV etched glass.

Laurita Winery, New EgyptBarrel Trail Wine Trail Weekend Saturday, July 14, 2012 Noon-5:00 pm
Sunday, July 15, 2012 Noon-7:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday only, enjoy samples, selected from future vintages, straight from the wine barrel! Bring your NJ Vineyard passports and plan to stay awhile with us to enjoy live music, something from our gourmet deli and a good time with friends.

Scheduled Entertainment: The Pennington Station Band
Saturday, July 14, 1:00-5:30 pm Free Admission
The band has made a name for itself among area fans of classic rock & roll with a unique format featuring acoustic guitar musicianship with tight three and four-part harmonies. Their repertoire favors harmony rock & roll songs from the 60’s and 70’s. The Pennington Station will be performing outdoors, weather permitting – We invite you to bring lawn chairs, blankets and warm clothing for cooler weather. Only Laurita wines and Laurita foods are to be consumed at these events. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Monroeville: check website for updates 

Natali Vineyards, Cape May Courthouse:

From noon to 5:00pm we are opening our barrel room for tastings right out of the barrel. Be the first to sample vintages that have not yet been bottled. We will also be offering tours throughout the day. Come check out the cellar and drink the wine as we take you on the journey of the grapes from the vineyard to the cellar and eventually to the glass.

Old York Cellars, RingoesBarrel Trail Wine Trail Weekend, Saturday and Sunday July 14-15 from 12-5 pm. Sample Pre-release wines straight out of our steel tanks. Meet the Artist Sharon Mendelson, Saturday, July 15 from 12-5 pm.  Artist in Residence Sharon Mendelson will spend the day at Old York Cellars to meet and greet visitors to her photography exhibition titled “Water & Reflections, Sisters in Light”. Get a glass of wine in our tasting room and stroll over to the exhibition for a rich cultural experience.Click here for more information

Plagidos Winery, Hammonton:  July 14 & 15, 2012 Join us in celebrating our Barrel Trail Weekend. Be the first to witness the Birth of an Empire!  “Empire” Port (20% alcohol) is the newest edition to our wine portfolio. We will also be tasting our NEW 5TH Year Anniversary Sparkling wine “CINQUA”, made by Methode Champenoise at 1:30pm and 3:30pm.  Admission is $10 and includes wine tasting, souvenir glass, light fare and desserts. Reservations are not required.  Tasting Room will be open Noon – 5 pm each day.

Renault WineryEgg Harbor/Gallowaycheck website for updates.

Sharrott Winery, Blue Anchor: Barrel Trail Weekend July 14 and15 from Noon – 5pm.

Here is your opportunity to taste wines like the winemakers.  We will be offering tastings right from the barrel in our new Barrel Room.  Winemakers will talk about the process of making wines and the importance of tasting to the creation of fine wines.  We will taste directly from the barrels a selection of our wines, including our highly sought after “Wicked” port style wine.  Our barrel tastings will be accompanied by wonderful locally made cheese from Cherry Grove Farm.  Taste in the afternoon and stay for our live music series Saturday evening from 5 until 8pm.


Silver Decoy Winery, East Windsor Barrel Trail Weekend July 14 and 15, 2012 Noon – 5:00 PM
$5 admission (complimentary glass, live music)

Come to Silver Decoy Winery and join us for a weekend of great wine, entertaining music, and good times!  Sample wines hourly from 2010 and 2011…right from the barrel with our winemaker.  But don’t stop there…..taste the rest of our award-winning estate grown wines too!  Explore the vines at your own pace on a self-guided tour of our vineyard, a “map” will be provided for you.  Listen to Williamsboy (Matt Williams) on Saturday and Ginger Coyle’s first performance at Silver Decoy on Sunday while you are relaxing with your favorite wine.  Light snacks will be available both days, but please feel free to pack a picnic lunch and your beach chairs too.  We look forward to seeing you then.  If you need directions or further information you can call us at 609-371-6000 or look on our website,  Hope to see you then!

Swansea Vineyards, Shiloh: check website for updates

Terhune Orchards, Princetontasting room open noon – 6 pm

Tomasello Winery, HammontonWill be featuring a barrel sample of the 2010 Oak Reserve Cabernet and taking futures orders.

Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes:

Complimentary Winery Tour at 1 PM & 2:30 PM every Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are not needed for tours and wine tasting. The winery Tasting Room is open from 12 Noon to 5 PM for wine tasting.

Valenzano Winery, Shamongcheck websites for updates.

Ventimiglia Vineyard, Wantage: Taste Selected Wines from our barrels.

Villa Milagro VineyardsFinesvillecheck website for updates.

Wagonhouse Winery, SwedesboroBarrel Trail Weekend July 14 and 15. Tasting room open Friday, Saturday 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday noon-5 pm. Check website for details

Westfall Winery, Montague Barrel Trail Weekend, July 14-15


Barrel Tasting and Picnic – 12-5 pm; $5 per person/No reservation required. We are opening up our barrel room for a special tasting. We will be offering samples of our wines directly out of the barrel. Join us for this fun and educational experience. We also invite you to enjoy a grilled hotdog and homemade chili in our picturesque picnic area.

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