The Upcoming Annual Holiday Wine Trail Weekend

Can I just start by saying Thanksgiving is the best American holiday. Don’t get me wrong I love me some christmas spirit & cheer, 4th of July BBQ’s are all kinds of fun in the sun, and Halloween marks the season of my beloved pumpkin foods. However, I love the fact that theres no gimmick to sell on Thanksgiving. This of course makes me HATE (emphasis intended) what Black Friday has become. I have so many friends either working at the crack of dawn on Friday or even all day Thursday which is an absolute travesty!!

Now with that said, let me explain why I’m looking forward to this year’s Annual Holiday Wine Trail Weekend.

The event is largely organized by The New Jersey’s Wine Growers Association, and will be on the 28, 29, & 30 of November. Wineries from all around New Jersey will be participating and holding wine sales, live music, food, and just overall fun at their fine establishments. You can decide on following a particular wine trail, like the Two Bridges Wine Trail, or just randomly pick some and go.

You may be asking why don’t I look at this idea with scorn at this point. People are working, sales are being advertised, theres probably a lot of preparation done by these wineries beforehand, etc… Well for starters, you won’t see poor desperate souls camping out at winery like the Wagonhouse, or any for that matter, at 9 pm the night before. You won’t be anxiously waiting outside the doors of a place like the Enoteca at Auburn Road ready to bum rush anyone that tries to cut you as you run through the door. And you won’t likely, because with people there’s always a small chance, see two ladies fighting over a bottle of wine that they’re trying to buy as a gift for someone from a place like Cedarvale Winery. Though this is no disrespect or downplay on the great vino at all these places, I just really don’t see this fun event playing out like that.

Though this is my first one I’ll be attending, what I hope to see is friends and family out together enjoying wine and discovering new wineries that they’ll continue to patron in the future. The sales will have people buying plenty of vino for themselves and as gifts for others. And the various live music events will have everyone in great spirits and enjoying themselves out and about.

This event won’t be a cold and corporate fight against others in attempts to drain your pockets and market Thanksgiving. It’ll be a time spent with good people enjoying wine, music, food, and the opportune sale here and there.

I’ll be live blogging the event and will keep you all posted as the day goes on. I’ll link either my twitter or cover it live account on here the day before with the particulars. Get out there and come say hi if you see me. I’ll be snapping away with camera and taking notes in between a glass of wine.

Below is a quick list of the wineries participating here in South Jersey, check out their sites to see what exactly they may have planned. Also some of these wineries are only open during big event weekends like this so take advantage!!!

Valenzano Winery, Shamong, Burlington

Sharrott Winery, Winslow, Camden

Plagido’s Winery, Hammonton, Atlantic

Tomasello Winery, Hammonton, Atlantic

DiMatteo Vineyards, Hammonton, Atlantic

Bellview Winery, Landisville, Atlantic

Laurita Winery, New Egypt, Ocean

Amalthea Cellars, Atco, Camden

Balic Winery, Hamilton, Atlantic

Renault Winery, Egg Harbor, Atlantic

Sylvin Farms Winery, Germania, Atlantic

DiBella Winery, Woolwich, Gloucester

Heritage Vineyards, Mullica Hill, Gloucester

Summit City Farms & Winery, Glassboro, Gloucester

Coda Rossa Winery, Franklinville, Gloucester

Wagonhouse Winery, South Harrison, Gloucester

Cedarvale Winery, Swedesboro, Gloucester

Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery, Pilesgrove, Salem

Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Monroeville, Salem

Chestnut Run Farm,  Pilesgrove, Salem

Salem Oak Vineyards, Pedricktown, Salem

Southwind Vineyard & Winery, Deerfield, Cumberland

Natali Vineyards, Cape May Court House, Cape May

Jessie Creek Winery, Cape May Court House, Cape May

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery, Rio Grande, Cape May

Cape May Winery, Cape May, Cape May

Willow Creek Winery, West Cape May, Cape May

So most of the sites have details on this weekend, while others had nothing so the link might bring you to directions or the about page of that particular winery. All these wineries were listed on the NJWGA’s site as participants in this weekend’s event.

Well I really hope to see people out there for this awesome event. Stay warm until then and in the meantime, cheers.


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