I am happy to announce that next weekend I will be starting my very own wine trail called SJS (South Jersey Sips) Wine Trail. Over the weekend, I will be adventuring to three wineries, starting at Heritage Vineyards and completing the trail at Monroeville Vineyard & Winery.
SJS Wine Trail will include these three wineries:
I have selected these wineries for two reasons. First, all these wineries have received outstanding reviews from pervious consumers. On Google Reviews consumers have rated each winery to be between 4.5 -4.9 stars. Secondly, these three wineries are local and less than a half hour drive from Rowan University. I would recommend SJS Wine Trail to anyone who lives in Gloucester County.
The first winery I will be visiting is Heritage Vineyards located in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. Heritage Vineyards is the closest winery to Rowan University with only a 5 minute drive. Heritage Vineyards is a family owned and operated estate vineyard which was established in 1999 by Bill and Penni Heritage . The Heritage family puts great effort in grape growing because the key to making great wine is to grow the best quality grapes. In 2011 Heritage Vineyards was named New Jersey’s “Winery of the Year”. When visiting Heritage Vineyards I want to put my focus on tasting their different wines. I want to learn the different grapes they grow and their grape growing procedure.
After Heritage Vineyards, I will be visiting is Auburn Road Vineyard in Pilesgrove, New Jersey. Auburn Road Vineyard is a twenty-five minute ride from Rowan University and has received a 4.8 out of 5.0 stars on Google Reviews.Auburn Road Vineyard caught my attention when reading their mission statement because it seems that their winery is more than just the wine. The owners strive to make Auburn Road Vineyard a place to relaxing and enjoy your life with a glass of wine with family and friends. Auburn Road Winery host many events and live music. For instance, this upcoming Saturday, October 15 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm a Classic Rock/Blues Band called No Alibis will be performing from the Vineyard Stage. I plan to enjoy a wine taste while listening to No Alibis this Saturday night.
The last winery on SJS Wine Trail is Monroeville Vineyard & Winery in Monroeville, New Jersey. Monroeville Vineyard &Winery is a 10 minute drive from Rowan University and received 4.8 out of 5.0 stars on Google Reviews. John and Debra Basile purchased their farm in 2009 to start their winery. The Tasting Room has been opened since March of 2012 and is located in Salem Country that is surrounded by beautiful neighboring farms. When visiting Monroeville Vineyards make sure sit outside and enjoy the vineyard view. I decided to visit Monroeville Vineyard & Winery last so I could enjoy a wine tasting inside and then bring a bottle of wine outside to enjoy the sunset.
When visiting each winery I will be sure to take notes and photos to share on my blog. Contact me if everyone is local and wants to join me this weekend on the SJS Wine Trail!