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Cava Winery and Vineyard in Hamurg, New Jersey

Driving back home from visiting family this past weekend, I realized my route would take me just past Cava Winery and Vineyard in Hamburg, New Jersey. Pulling in at Cava, I found a very large facility with a spacious tasting room/restaurant/bar inside. But it wasn’t really the tasting room experience I was expecting or used to at most of the other vineyards and wineries in New Jersey, New York and elsewhere along the East Coast that I’ve visited to date.

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First Impressions: Swansea Vineyards in Shiloh, New Jersey

Swansea Vineyards

Swansea Vineyards

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Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Heritage Vineyards was recently named New Jersey’s “Winery of the Year” by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, and after visiting them it is easy to see why. This family-owned and operated winery has over 40 acres of vineyards, planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Grenache & Sauvignon Blanc. With so many wine grapes grown on the premises, it is no wonder they produce so many award-winning wines (blended and single variety) here.

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First Impression: Ventimiglia Vineyard

On a sleepy road in rural Sussex County, New Jersey, one finds Ventimiglia Vineyard tucked away on a quiet farm path. Owner Gene Ventimiglia and his wife began making handcrafted wines using traditional methods in 2006, and invite visitors in to sample their current offerings on weekends (there is a $5 tasting fee).

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First Impressions: Cedarvale Winery

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.)

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