Cheers! It’s Wine Festival Season: Don’t Miss These Celebrations at New Jersey Vineyards

Just as summer is synonymous with street fairs and carnivals, autumn is wine festival season. Get ready to raise a glass and embrace the fruits of the harvest. Throughout fall, oenophiles across the Garden State will find plenty of opportunities to sample varietals from local vineyards.

Take a look and some of the upcoming events and prepare your designated drivers!

Valenzano Winery:
September 15 & 16

Noon-5:00pm (Rain or Shine)

New Jerseys favorite wine and music festival is ramping up for its 16th year. Each year, this event gets bigger, better, more fun, more comfortable and more entertaining.

Wine Tasting from 10 of NJ’s favorite wineries
4 stages of music & entertainment

Don’t Call Me Francis, The Heartbeats, GoodMan Fiske, and many more of NJ’s hottest entertainers…
Over 70 local crafters and vendors
Endless food options from local restaurants
Pony rides and kids concert
Sample Valenzano Winery’s special releases
Taste ripened grapes right off the vines
Semper Fido Beer Garden Featuring Brotherton Brewery
Two of New York City’s most mind-blowing street magicians.

In order to better accommodate our guests and to control the crowds, tickets to WineFestNJ must now be purchased in advance. A limited number of advanced tickets will be sold for Saturday and Sunday.
There will be no ticket sales the day of the festival! SATURDAY TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

Three hours of top tastings at some of Red Bank’s upscale restaurants and casual eateries.

Enjoy the walkable downtown district an explore picturesque Red Bank on the third Sunday of the month while enjoying food and/or beverage samples from participating restaurants, bars & eateries.

Blessing of the Grapes – Laurita Winery

Sept. 16: Starting at 1:00pm, Father Jim Whelan will be officiating at the Blessing of the Grapes. Each guest present will receive a prayer card imprinted with the iconic images of the Saints Isidore and his wife Maria. The Blessing of the Grapes Ceremony will take place at 2:00pm. Admission is Free!

Come join in giving thanks for the harvest of the grapes and enjoying the fruits of its bounty. Laurita invites all to enjoy live music, award winning wines and wonderful food from our Marketplace.

2018 South Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd

Pesented by the Mays Landing Merchants Association, the 8th Annual South Jersey Wine and Food Festival is returning to serene Lake Lenape Park East in Mays Landing, on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Come out to meet some of South Jersey’s best winemakers and culinary personalities and sample their delicious creations!

Harvest Moon Wine Tasting at Alstede Farms
Saturday, Sept. 22, 7-9pm

Enjoy a night under the harvest moon with premier wine tasting at the Tomasello Winery Tasting Room at Alstede Farms! $15 plus tax per person. Plates of hot food available for purchase through Alstede Farms. For more information, please call (908) 879-0099.

Bellview Winery

Sept. 22 and 23

Celebrate a weekend of wine, music and festivities! The Dirk Quinn Band will be jamming all weekend long for our listening pleasure, set to the backdrop of the winery and vineyard. Wine will be flowing while some of the area’s best food vendors serve up their most popular dishes. Those who attend are invited to take part in activities like grape stomping and vineyard tours, or to just hang out to enjoy the afternoon. In addition, there will be food and craft vendors showcasing their goods for purchase.

Tickets will be only $10 per person at the gate, from 12pm to 5pm, both Saturday and Sunday. Come out with your family and friends and join us in celebrating this special time of year!

Don’t forget to bring your chairs and blankets! Pop up tents are permitted in designated areas on a first come first served basis. As always, kids and leashed pets are welcome. Outside alcohol is prohibited.

Heritage Wine Festival at William Heritage 

September 22 – 23, 2018
1:00 – 5:00 pm (VIP 12 Noon)
Rain or Shine
Please purchase Saturday and Sunday tickets separately.

Wineries participating include:

Festival tickets available online only. Tickets will not be sold at event entrance.
Fore more information, visit the winery’s website.

Natali Vineyards

September 22, 1 PM to 6 PM – Live music by Geno White Trio. Tours, tastings, wine by the glass or bottle, sangria, and wine slushies. Grape Stomping contest ($100 Natali Vineyards Gift Certificate to winner). Tickets 3 for $10—proceeds go to Survivors of Cancer. Local vendors will be on hand or you can order from our menu. You can bring your picnic basket, grab an outside table and listen to the music in a vineyard still in harvest. Free Admission.

Cape May Wine & Music Fest at Hawk Haven Winery


The Cape May Wine & Music Fest at Hawk Haven Winery will feature live music from world class performers, wine tastings from some of New Jersey’s finest wineries, a craft beer garden that will blow your hops off, and a variety of tasty street food vendors. Tickets on sale now, pre-sale ends 9/27/18! Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for lots of helpful information!

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