Discover New Jersey
Our New Jersey Wine Travel Guide shares a brief history of the state's wine country, terroir, where to sip, where to stay and things to do beyond the vines.
Every 50 of the United States produces wine. With four officially designated American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and 50+ wineries, New Jersey’s wine country is one worth sipping in.
New Jersey is home to four federally recognized AVA, more than 50 wineries.
Concentrations of New Jersey wineries exist around the state’s main three AVAs. In Cape May in the south by the ocean, in Hammonton in the agricultural south, and in Hunterdon and Warren counties along the Delaware River in the western part of the state, it’s easy to travel from winery to winery.
TOP GRAPE VARIETIES
White Wine Grape
RED Wine Grape
New Jersey has about 2,000 acres of farmland dedicated to growing wine grapes, and that is steadily increasing.
Like most states, New Jersey produced wine before Prohibition shut down most of the wineries in the country. After Prohibition it took over half a century for the state to become a wine destination.
Hampered by a post-Prohibition law that permitted only one winery per million residents, a Farm Winery Act was put into place in 1981 allowing for more wineries. Now there are over 50 wineries and that number continues to grow each year as does the quality of New Jersey wine.
WHERE TO SIP
Cedar Rose Vineyards
WHERE TO STAY
Planning Your New Jersey Wine Country Vacation
See our favorite places to stay in New Jersey’s wine regions, including Cape May, Warren Hills And The Outer Coastal Plain.
BEYOND THE VINES
The four distinct wine regions in New Jersey are home to many fun activities, so if you’re looking for things to do besides sipping in the 50+ New Jersey wineries, we have A LOT OF IDEAS for kids, designated drivers and those enjoying the wines of the region.