From Atlantic City it’s a short drive to the heart of the Outer Coastal Plain AVA, one of New Jersey’s most important and productive wine regions. Common local varietals here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, and Vidal Blanc, and the region has long been famous for its fruit wines. If you’re searching for an Atlantic City winery, check out our selection of some of the best the area has to offer.
A fourth generation family-run winery in Hammonton, the wines of Plagido’s are produced with grapes from a single vineyard using a traditional basket press method. It produces a full range of wines, many of which have won awards in recent years, including its Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, and Rosé wines. The tasting room is open daily and you can enjoy its wines on the patio with views across the vineyard.
Address: 570 N. 1st Rd., Hammonton, NJ 08037
DiMatteo Vineyards in Hammonton make the most of the local soil and climatic conditions to produce a range of different wines using traditional artisan methods. While its signature varietals are Merlot and Chardonnay, do take some time to sample its Vidal Blanc or Pasquale Red. Likewise, don’t miss an opportunity to sample its range of fruit wines made with cranberries, blueberries or apples. As well as its tasting room, open Thursday through Tuesday, DiMatteo Vineyards also host regular wine-themed events including annual grape stomping.
Address: 951 8th St., Hammonton, NJ 08037
The Renault Winery is one of the oldest continuously operated wineries in all of the US. It was founded in 1855 by master vintner Louis Nicholas Renault. Today, the vineyard is home to a hotel and wedding resort, spa, and golf course. As for the wine, there are tasting sessions on Friday through Sunday, as well as tours of the winery and regular themed events.
The Bellview Winery in Landisville is a family-owned operation producing over 20 estate grown varietals producing more than two dozen different wines. Highlights of its collection include Viognier, Cabernet Franc and some rare specialties such as Cristallina – their version of an ice wine – and dandelion wine. The tasting room is open seven days a week, with lots of other things going on including vineyard runs, fire pit nights, and literary and other cultural events.
White Horse Winery
With its beautiful farmhouse in Hammonton and its range of old world wines, the White Horse Winery reflects a long history of traditional winemaking methods. The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday, where you can try a range of its wines. This includes Merlot, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, and a classic Provençal-colored Rosé. It also hosts a series of culinary events, where you can enjoy fine wine and exquisite food.
Address: 106 Hall St., Hammonton, NJ 08037
The vineyard of the Balić Winery was planted in the early 1900s, and it’s here that the Balić family have been producing European-style wines (since 1966). Using traditional methods, the Balić Winery offers a wide range of red, white and sparkling wines. But that’s not all. You’ll also find different types of fruit wines, including pomegranate and mango. The vineyard is open seven days a week and it offers free wine tastings.
Address: 6623 Rt. 40, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Founded just after prohibition, the Tomasello Winery is into its third generation as family winemakers. It has 70 acres under vine producing over 30 different varietals. The winery is known for its premium wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, and Riesling, as well as award-winning fruit dessert wines. Meanwhile, at the winery, you can sample its range in the tasting room or join in with one of the many wine-themed events.
In the heart of New Jersey’s pine forests and the state’s wine country, the Sharrott Winery is a family-owned vineyard and winery. What makes it somewhat unique is that it uses sustainable practices to produce its range of award-winning wines. The winery is open seven days a week for tastings, while the Wine Bar is open Wednesday through Sunday. Don’t worry, the food menu is also available in the tasting room on these days. Regular events at the winery include live music and trivia nights.