Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away, and if I followed my typical pattern I would be searching and searching through sites and more sites to put together a list of restaurants having a special dinner or buffet for that day.
But I’m not going to do that this time. I’m going to do something a bit different. And maybe, it will inspire you to do something different as well for Mom’s Day.
We here in South Jersey are fortunate to have a number of wineries located within 2 hours drive from pretty much anywhere in the area. If you have not taken the opportunity to see any of these wineries, what’s up with that?!?! Seriously, though, it’s worth the effort to go and try them, regardless of whether you are a wine aficionado or not. For the novice wine drinker, you get a chance to find out more about what you like and don’t like. For those who know enough to be dangerous (like us), you get to work on your palette skillz and become more educated with the wine-making process. And for those of you who would scoff at the notion of drinking a South Jersey wine, you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find; and if not…well, there’s always a pretty vineyard to view.
The Garden State Wine Growers Association does a great job in organizing state-wide events to help promote the wine industry here in Jersey. One of their best programs is their Wine Trail Weekends, which happen a few times during the course of the year. On those weekends, participating wineries offer special tours, food, and entertainment. This year they have added a new Wine Trail Weekend for Mother’s Day, which brings me to the title of this post. Now don’t get we wrong; Sunday brunch with Mom is always a good plan, and Mom will enjoy it. But if you know your mom enjoys wine, or maybe she’s not into wine but would enjoy trying something different, why not check out a local winery?
NOW here comes my list – of South Jersey wineries participating in Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend. The Wine Trail Weekend is on Saturday (5/9) and Sunday (5/10) from 12PM to 5PM each day:
Amalthea Cellars – 209 Vineyard Road, Atco. 856.768.8585.
Free tastings as well as a special vintage tasting for $10.
Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery – 117 Sharptown-Auburn Road, Pilesgrove. 856.769.WINE.
Wine tastings, live music, and hourly tours of the winery. Auburn Road will also be having special tastings of upcoming releases in their new Barrel Room. Admission is $5, with all proceeds going to Susan G Korman for the Cure to help in the fight against breast cancer.
Bellview Winery – 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville. 856.697.7172.
SUNDAY ONLY – Desserts from Dominique’s Sweet Creations will be available to sample with your wine.
Cedarvale Winery – 205 Repaupo Station Road, Logan Township. 856.467.3088.
Heritage Vineyards of Richwood – 480 Mullica Hill Road (Route 322), Richwood. 856.589.4474.
Moms get 1/2 off on the cost of tastings and wine tours as well as free gift. There will be hay wagon tours of the vineyard as well as a special holiday pink sangria.
Laurita Winery – 35 Archertown Road, New Egypt. 1.800.LAURITA.
Live music all weekend long, and a potted begonia plant gift for Mom.
Sharrott Winery – 370 South Egg Harbor Road (Route 561), Winslow. 609.567.WINE.
Flowers for Mom, as well as live music, chocolate and cheese wine pairings and guided tours. Tastings are $5 and includes a souvenir wine glass.
Valenzano Winery – 1320 Old Indian Mills Road, Shamong. 609.268.6731.
Enjoy an outdoor concert, food, entertainment, and sample their new Red, White and Blue Sangria.
And these are the wineries that do not have any special events going on for that weekend, but are still worth visiting nonetheless:
Cape May Winery & Vineyard – 711 Townbank Road, Cape May. 609.884.1169.
DiMatteo Vineyards – 779 11st Street, Hammonton. 609.561.8106.
Natali Vineyards – 221 North Delsea Drive (Route 47 North), Cape May Courthouse. 609.465.0075.
Plagido’s Winery – 570 North First Road, Hammonton. 609.567.4633.
Renault Winery – 72 North Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City. 609.965.2111.
Swansea Vineyards – 860 Main Street, Shiloh. 856.453.5778.
Tomasello Winery – 225 White Horse Pike, Hammonton. 800.MMM.WINE.
Turdo Vineyards – 3911 Bayshore Road, North Cape May. 609.884.5591.
Wagonhouse Winery – 183 Cedar Road, Mickleton. 609.780.8019.