A Visit to Cape May Wine Country
Cape May is not just a summer destination anymore thanks to its fledgling wine industry that has made it a year-round destination. As you enjoy the beach and a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, go bird watching or dine in one of the many great restaurants on Cape May, you are minutes away from seven wineries that are making hand-crafted wines from grapes grown right on the Cape May Peninsula.
With the longest growing season of any region in the state, Cape May offers some of the best wines and widest selection of varietals available in the Garden State.
February Events in Cape May
Here are some exciting events happening at Cape May Wineries in February.
Cape May Winery
Tap Room Happy Hour Fridays from 5pm-8pm – featuring live music, full tapas kitchen, tapas board & flight pairing special, and $2 off the special rotating red & white 1L carafes
Flights & Bites Tour Sundays @11am– Experience an in-depth exploration of the sensory world of Cape May Winery. $45 per person. Call 609.884.1169 or email email@example.com to book.
Vines to Wines Tour Saturdays @2pm– A behind the scenes look at our production process all the while tasting a variety of our award-winning wines. $25 per person. Call 609.884.1169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Tastings & Flights offered Daily; Tapas Kitchen Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Hawk Haven Vineyard
Premium Wine Tasting, every Saturday 11am-6pm – An experimental farmer, our Winemaker takes chances and pushes the envelope. Our estate vines are his most prized asset. Those that rise to the challenge, producing what he considers worthy, earn the Signature Series label of his limited production, artisan wine collection. Taste and purchase these wines, along with other limited production wines, during our Premium Wine Tasting every Saturday at Hawk Haven Winery. Tastings are $18 per person and includes a souvenir hawk logo wine glass. Reservations required for groups of 6 or more, email email@example.com for more information.
Jessie Creek Winery, Cape May Courthouse
The Tasting Room is Open: 7 Days a Week from 11am – 6pm
Artist Reception // Pop Portraits + Tim Smith
March 3 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Brighten up your day with some amazing pieces by Tim Smith!
Tim S. Smith is a self-taught contemporary artist from Southern New Jersey. He has worked to develop his style over the past few years, which continues to evolve with each piece he creates. Since his start as a realist painter, his style has morphed into what is known as “New Pop Realism” or “Spontaneous Realism”. His subject matter focuses primarily on the celebrities, musicians, and other iconic figures who have impacted his life. His goal is to capture the emotion and current state of the subject using vibrant colors–both warm and cool—in order to better captivate the viewer.
Natali Vineyards in Cape May Courthouse
Sat March 30, 2019 6:30 PM, Wine Pairing Dinner with Chef Mark Kalla, Menu: Leek straws w/white chocolate, Warm spinach salad, Grilled shrimp skewer over Tuscan beans and escarole,Roasted pork loin w/braised fennel, Fresh berries & zabaglione. Choice of two wines to be served with each course. Cost: $50 per peson; please stop by our Tasting Room or call 609-465-0075 for your reservation before March 17. About half the reservations already made.
Willow Creek Farm & Winery
Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Party, March 15th
Throw on your shamrocks, and let’s paint the town green! At Willow Creek Winery, we are strongly of the opinion that a proper St. Patrick’s Day deserves more than just one day of celebration. Get the party started early by pre-gaming the weekend at Fire Pit Friday!
Don’t forget your growlers! Our Winemaker is hard at work on a special St. Paddy’s Sangria just for the occasion! We’ll be carrying our St. Paddy’s Sangria all weekend (until supplies run out). Bittersweet Duo will be performing 6pm-9pm, so don’t be surprised if after emptying a growler or two, you find yourself suddenly doing a jig! It sure would be a crying shame to miss such a grand evening of drink, song, and merrymaking. Give us a jingle and reserve your table early!
March’s Uncorked Comedy, March 16th
Join us on Saturday, March 16th for Uncorked Comedy !! Enjoy a three-course, wine-paired dinner and comedy show starring a different group of hilarious NY comedians each month. This is an event not to miss!
6-7pm: Social Hour (Cash Bar). Seating starts at approximately 6:15pm
7pm: Three-course wine-paired dinner is served
8pm: Comedy Show begins immediately following dinner, featuring three amazing NYC comics and comedic host, Sam Mushman.
Menu: Rolls & Butter, First Course: Spinach salad topped with Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Sweet Walnuts with Berry Vinaigrette Paired with Malvasia 2016, Second Course: Filet of Top Sirloin with Merlot Demi-Glaze Paired with Prestige Gold, Third Course: Carrot Cake paired with Sangria (Winemaker’s Choice) Tickets are only $65 per person (dinner, wine, AND a show!!) Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Show will go on rain, snow or shine!
Rated MA for Mature Audiences – Must be 21 years of age to attend. The easily offended should stay home for this event. Please bring a photo ID. All must be 21+
Fire Pit Friday’s – Join us every Friday as we welcome local musical guests and local artist. Enjoy a wine tasting, glass of wine, or sangria prior to taking a seat and ordering some of our delicious tapas while listening to incredible live music. When you’re finished, grab a seat outside by the fire pit, and take in the vineyard sky above with everyone you love. Live music is from 6pm – 9pm inside the winery, and seats fill up very fast!
Musical Line Up!
3/1- Nancy Malcon
3/8- Allison Landon
3/22- Robin Gazzara
3/29- Avi Wisnia
Be sure to call 609-770-8782 to reserve your seats and spot at the tasting bar!
Live Music at the Vineyard!
Join Willow Creek Farm & Winery every Saturday from December through March for Live Music at the Vineyard! Each week, we’ll be hosting live performance by the best local musicians. Join us 2pm-5pm, and let us help you fight off those winter blues. We know the best way to warm up during Cape May’s cozy season is with a glass of Wilde Cock wine!
Add to the fun by going on one of our vineyard tours, enjoying an educational wine tasting, or watching a game at our Vineyard Bar! There is no cover for these incredible performances, but reservations are always suggested for guaranteed seating.
Performance Dates & Musicians:
3/2 – Bittersweet Duo
3/9 – Camille Peruto
3/23 – Rose Kelly
3/30 – Shaun LaBoy
In May 2018, the Cape May Peninsula became New Jersey’s fourth American Viticultural Area (AVA), joining The Central Delaware Valley AVA, which is shared with portions of eastern Pennsylvania, Outer Coastal Plain AVA covering 9 southern counties and the Warren Hills AVA.
American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) are the officially-designated United States wine grape growing regions. They are based on the French AOC system and designated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. When an AVA designation appears on a wine label at least 85% of that wine must come from within an AVA boundary.
In order for a region to be approved as an AVA, it must be able to prove its identity as a region that is beneficial to grape growing. Some of the criteria used by the Federal government to determine whether an area meets this standard include distinct climate, soil type, elevation and other physical features as well as a history or wine grape growing.
The seven Cape May wineries are: Cape May Winery, G&W Winery, Hawk Haven Vineyard, Jessie Creek Winery, Natali Vineyards, Turdo Vineyards and Willow Creek Winery.
- Cape May Winery & Vineyard, 609-884-1169; 711 Townbank Road,Cape May, NJ 08204
- G&W Winery, 609-948-0595; 1034 Rt. 47 South, Rio Grande, NJ 08242
- Hawk Haven Vineyards 609-846-7347; 600 South Railroad Ave,Rio Grande, NJ 08246
- Jessie Creek Winery, 609-536-2092; 1 North Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
- Natali Vineyards, 609-465-0075; 21 N. Delsea Dr., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
- Turdo Vineyards & Winery, 3911 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, NJ 08204
- Willow Creek Winery, 609-770-8782; 168 Stevens Street, West Cape May, NJ 08204