Trail length: 52.5 miles Total drive time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Nestled along the Delaware River between the Delaware Memorial and Commadore Barry bridges lies a cluster of wineries, peppering the rural farmland of Gloucester and Salem counties. Along this tranquil trail you'll also find charming eateries, premier antique shopping, and some quirky roadside stops.
Opening in October 2008, Cedarvale Winery has been a long time dream of owners Ed and Marsha Gaventa. A successful fourth-generation farmer, Ed has applied his skills to crafting a variety of fine fruit and grape wines. Our estate grown wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah, as well as several fruit wines. Marsha will easily guide you through your selections and help you to select the wine you are looking for.
Seeing the potential of the emerging wine industry in Southern New Jersey, Bill Heritage, with the help of his wife Penni, started converting their 150 estate of peach & apple orchards into vineyards. The winemaking team lead by Sean Comninos, consults with John Levenberg who is responsible for producing 23 wines rated 90+ points by Robert Parker, including two 100-point wines. Bill and Penni have established Heritage Vineyards to fulfill their commitment to six generations of farming the same property.
John and Debra Basile purchased their farm in 2009 with the intention of starting their winery. John is a 4th generation home wine maker who has been sharing his wine with friends and family for over 20 years. He is a scientist by trade and has a great passion for winemaking. Debra's degree is in Agricultural Economics and Environmental Science. They are a great team, have been married for over 20 years and have 5 children. John and Debra have always dreamed of living off the land and enjoy the challenge of the vineyard!
In early 2004 Dan and Heather decided to start a vineyard and winery. They leased some land from Dan's family who had been farming in Mickleon for over a century, planted some grapes and hoped for the best! Six years, 15 wines and three little boys later, they are still moving forward with all the energy and creativity they started with! The name, by the way, came from the old wagonhouse on the family farm.
Bob and Lise Clark began farming orchard fruit nearly three decades ago. Asian pears have been a specialty of Chestnut Run Farm since its early years. Since transitioning to wine in 2006, their eight varieties of pears have been used to make Chestnut Run Farm’s award-winning Asian pear wines which range from a dry single-varietal, to a ginger-spiced sweet Asian pear wine which won a double gold medal in last year’s Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
From "The Continuing Tale of Auburn Road Vineyards:" As we looked all over South Jersey for properties, Dave and Shannon kept taking us by this property for sale near their house. It was a beautiful 16 acre property with a small farm house, a pole barn and pasture land that had been used for cattle and horses. In fact this property was surrounded by farms and pastures. There were horses and cows, corn fields and soy fields. There was even a rodeo around the corner. Where in the world WERE we?
Visit the wineries of the Two Bridges Wine Trail during the Garden State Wine Growers Association's Barrel Trail Weekend to learn all about growing grapes and making wine in the Garden State. Every hour on the hour, each participating winery will provide a brief overview of one aspect of the winemaking process - complete with tastings to compliment the experience. Visit all seven wineries to become a grape graduate!
Lessons at the Two Bridges Wine Trail Wine School Include:
Make sure to check out each winery's website for additional information on Barrel Trail Weekend offerings and promotions. Also, be sure to visit Chestnut Run Farm for Barrel Trail Weekend tastings, and Maugeri's Farm Market, to purchase Bellview Winery wines (no wine school promotions at these venues; no tastings at Maugeri's Farm Market).
Two Bridges Wine Trail Trolley Tour Tickets
Join us on Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, to visit the wineries on the Two Bridges Wine Trail. Travelling aboard charming classic trolleys, tours including lunch last approximately 6 to 7 hours and tours without lunch last about 3 to 4 hours, with about 40 to 60 minutes spent at each stop. See ticket listing for specific start times and locations.
The Summer 2014 tour is divided into two Trails:
Four wineries included in Trail A - Heritage Vineyards, Monroeville Winery, Chestnut Run Farm, and Coda Rossa Winery (at Chestnut Run Farm)
Four wineries included in Trial B - Auburn Road Vineyards, Wagonhouse Winery, Cedarvale Winery, and Bellview Winery (at Maugeri's Farm Market)
Join us both days to taste from all eight wineries!
The tour also features three dining options from local restaurants, as well as winery-only option. Choose from lunch at Val's Seafood Trattoria in Sewell or Blue Plate in Mullia Hill. Light fare is also avaiable for purchase at several wineries. Guests on all tours are welcome to bring outside food on the trolleys and to the wineries, and guests choosing the winery-only tour are stongly encouraged to bring lunch to enjoy during the tour.
For your convenience, our tour hosts will ride along with you to answer any questions and make sure your case purchases get safely back to your starting winery.
SALES ARE FINAL - Please review your order carefully before purchasing. Some ticket types look similar, so be sure you have selected the starting date, time and location you intended.
NOTE: This is not a "hop-on-hop-off" tour. Each ticket type represents a set schedule that ensures guests visit each winery.
"Vintage South Jersey" is a product of the
South Jersey Tourism Corp. (SJTC) SJTC
is a member of NJDMO - an association
of the State of New Jersey's Destination
Marketing Organizations. SJTC represents
the counties of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem in the Delaware River Region of New Jersey, and is the official tourism representative of the Outer Coastal Plain AVA.