Cape May Winery & Vineyard, NJ

Cape May Winery & Vineyard, NJ

I am not a wine aficionado, but I am fascinated with the process of how wine is made. I also think it’s really cool that those who do know about wine can take a sip and tell you that they taste vanilla and butter, with a touch of oak. Or, you know, something like that.

The Hubs took me on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry one year for my birthday and while in Cape May, we took a tour of the Cape May Winery.

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This young winery produces over 20 different styles of wine. Fortunately for me, the employee who gave us the tour guided us toward finding the perfect match for our preferences. But before the tasting began, we were shown the areas of production.

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Large stainless steel vats, rustic looking wood barrels, it was pretty much what one would have expected. But we learned about the process while we stood there taking it all in. We learned about how they use a gadget called a refractometer to measure the brix (the potential alcohol content of a wine before it’s made by determining the sugar level in grapes).

Then we saw the grapes growing in perfect rows around the winery. They were lovely.

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And we had so many choices when we enteredt the winery shop!

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The signature white wine at Cape May Winery is their Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, which is aged in French oak for over 16 months. It’s won many awards, but is too dry for my taste. I enjoyed the Lighthouse White, the Cape May Riesling, and the Isaac Smith Apple, as I am partial to sweeter wines.

If you’re in the Cape May area and you enjoy wine, stop by for a tour or just to shop. They’re very knowledgeable and have a lot of varieties to choose from.

The Cape May Winery & Vineyard is located at 711 Town Bank Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204. Telephone 609) 884-1169. Tours are held on Saturdays at 2:00 and last approximately 90 minutes. Reservations are recommended. Children under the age of 15 are not permitted on the tour.

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