On December 28, 2018 OceanFirst Bank closed a deal to sell Renault Winery, New Jersey’s oldest winery, to the newly formed Renault Properties LLC. Josh McCallen, president of Renault Properties LLC and executive with Vivamee Hospitality, told Press of Atlantic City that Renault Winery will continue to operate the restaurants, banquet facilities, hotel, winery and golf course, as well as continue to honor existing reservations and bookings.
The sale of Renault Winery, which was opened in 1854 by Louis Renault, wiill guarantee that the rich tradition of our state’s oldest winery will continue. In 1864 he purchased land in the
Egg Harbor area, and by 1870 he had introduced his New Jersey Champagne.
Renault Winery quickly gained notoriety, winning prizes for its wines and becoming
the largest distributor of champagne in the United States. This winery’s success even earned
Egg Harbor the moniker of “Wine City.”
The winery even continued producing during prohibition under a special license which allowed them to produce a medicinal tonic.