The third and final winery I visited on the July Barrel Tour weekend was Cedarvale Winery, also close to home for me in Logan Township, New Jersey. Fourth-generation farmer Ed Gaventa and his wife Marsha converted 5 acres of their 200-acre produce farm to wine grapes and opened the winery in 2008. All their wine is produced from grapes and fruit that comes straight from their farm, so you know it’s fresh and they’ve put their heart, soul, and hard work into each bottle (Marsha showed me how they hand-cork and label each bottle, so a little personal touch goes into each wine they sell to their customers.)
Once again as with many of the New Jersey vineyards I’ve visited, their Cabernet Franc was the star of the red wines: smooth, earthy, light and drinkable – similar to Pinot Noir to my tastes. I also liked their “Sunrise Chardonnay” which was unoaked, light and refreshing – I preferred it to their oaked Chardonnay but again that’s my personal thing as I’m so burned out on over-oaked, buttery/vanilla-heavy Chardonnay from California at this point. Also very enjoyable was their Cherry fruit wine, not overly sweet but crisp and almost a little fizzy. We took one home to try with vanilla ice cream or perhaps our own homemade gelato later this summer. To be honest, after sampling wines at three different vineyards in one day I was getting a little fuzzy and forgot to keep note of prices, but I know it was around $50 spent for 3 bottles. Good thing I had a “designated driver” with me!
Cedarvale has recently expanded their tasting room area so that they can hold small private functions such as fund-raising events, showers and parties. Right across the road from their tasting room is their farmstand, where you can get fresh corn, tomatoes and fruit to take home to enjoy with your wine. It’s a really charming place run by some lovely people, and I do recommend checking them out if you can.
CEDARVALE WINERY – 205 Repaupo Station Road, Logan Township NJ 08085. Open Thursday through Sunday and by appointment. 856-467-3088.