After being pleasantly surprised by the wineries we visited during New Jersey Wine Tour-Round One, we decided to make it a mission to visit as many wineries in New Jersey as we can. Though I would have liked to fit more in during the warmer months, busy schedules got in the way. Finally, I present, New Jersey Wine Tour-Round Two.
Jessie Creek Winery-Cape May Court House
Jessie Creek is a small, low key, winery.
Once you pull into the parking lot, you feel like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded boardwalks and beaches. The grounds exude relaxation.
My favorite wine was the Cranberry wine. I appreciated how light, crisp, and tart it was.
If you want a place to sneak away,to sit among the trees, and sip slowly, Jessie Creek is a nice choice.
Cape May Winery-Cape May
While speaking to the owner during our tour, we learned that this once small winery, has grown leaps and bounds over the past few years.
We started out with a tasting with some of the most engaging winery staff we’ve met.
We always buy at least one bottle of wine from every winery we visit. At Cape May Winery, we came away with several bottles. Every wine was incredibly drinkable. There was not a butter bomb or oak bomb to be had.
You can also choose a flight, which you can enjoy in a myriad of rooms.
There is the main tasting room, that includes a cozy seating area, in front of the fireplace, with a beautiful art piece made by the owner.
There is the tap room, where you can actually get wine on tap. We had a taste of the Chianti on tap. It was really good.
There’s a sun room, with lovely vine views,
and an outdoor patio, complete with a fountain and fire pit.
The special event room, made me rack my brain to come up with an event to host, so I could sit and sip wine among the barrels.
After our tasting, the owner of the winery gave us a behind the scenes tour.
I am always excited to learn about the hard work and special techniques used to produce delicious wines. It was especially interesting learning about how the winery works with and compensates for some of the challenges that come with growing grapes and producing wine in New Jersey.
Cape May Winery is a great visit. The wines are solid, and we had a fantastic time from start to finish. I can’t wait to return.
Amalthea Cellars Winery-Atco
I will be completely honest. I used to work at an office that required me to drive by the Amalthea Cellars Winery sign. Every time I saw it, I’d exhale a little chuckle. A winery here. How silly. I’m sure it’s terrible.
Man do I regret all of those chuckles. Amalthea is a serious winery.
We unexpectedly arrived during one of the two New Jersey Wine Trail Weekends that occur during the year. Many of the wineries in New Jersey have special events and tastings during Wine Trail Weekends.
We joined in the fun.
We started off with a tasting of dry white wines in the 100 year old carriage room. You really do feel as if you are transported back in time.
Next we moved on to tasting dry reds.
And since we hadn’t had enough yet, we made our way to the barrel cellar for the semi-dry wines.
We took a break from sipping, to wander the grounds and enjoy the patio.
As part of the Wine Trail event, we were able to participate in a special/exclusive tasting, that took place in Amalthea’s Green Dragon Tavern. Of course the name made me think of Lord of the Rings.
It was another neat, historic building.
The tasting was conducted by a sommelier, and included tasting snacks.
I’m sorry I ever doubted Amalthea Cellars Winery. They have a large variety of wonderful wines, that you get to sip in a building that has a long, interesting, history. It’s not to be passed by.
It was so much fun discovering three I’ve- never-tried-before wineries in South Jersey. Now on to Round 3.
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