Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Wildwoods and Wine: The Perfect Fall Pairing

The Wildwoods, NJ recently hosted a Winery Familiarization Tour showcasing nearby wineries. Pictured (L-R) enjoying the tour are Burlington County Times Reporter Kristen Coppock; New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism Executive Director Grace Hanlon; Jersey Shore Monthly writer Beverly Beveridge;Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) Director of Marketing and Public Relations Ben Rose; Suasion Communications Group President Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt; blog writer Dana Howze; and Suasion Account Executive Gina Mazzone.

The Wildwoods, NJ Winery Familiarization Tour
Showcases Nearby Wineries
The Wildwoods, NJ are in the midst of an ever burgeoning wine country – just minutes from six impressive vineyards producing some of the area’s finest wines.
The Wildwoods and wine were paired perfectly during a recent showcase tour, hosted by the Wildwoods, to some of these picturesque and impressive wineries.

The tour, attended by feature writers, as well asNew Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism Executive Director Grace Hanlon,began at the Wildwoods Convention Center and proceeded to three area wineries – Willow Creek, Cape May Winery and Hawk Haven – for tours, tastings and even a glimpse of grape harvesting taking place onsite.

Sandy soils along with Southern New Jersey’s unique mild climate – similar to that of the Bordeaux region of France – make the area surrounding the Wildwoods an ideal environment for grape growing and wine making.

With the Wildwoods Second Season well underway, accommodations offering lower off-season rates and grape harvesting at its peak, a stay in the Wildwoods is the ideal fall vacation for wine lovers who also enjoy the tranquility of the beach and boardwalk in the fall, cool breezes, bountiful sunshine and fun-filled special events, New Jersey’s southernmost region is an agricultural hub for wine cultivation.
Rich farmland is home to acres of vineyards whose grapes patiently transform into award-winning, handcrafted fine wines. Wines from these local wineries are even served in many of the Wildwoods’ fine restaurants, adding a great dining experience to a beautiful fall getaway.

The following is a list of wineries located within minutes of the Wildwoods:

Cape May Winery
Cape May Winery, located inNorth Cape May, is a must-see tourist destination for wine lovers visiting the Wildwoods – and those who enjoy the scenic outdoors. It offers comprehensive wine tours on their sprawling property and “six for six” tastings of their signature wines. A wide assortment of red, white and fruit wines are available for tasting, coupled with a beautiful sunset view. Among three tasting rooms and four different vineyards producing 20 varieties of wine, you are bound to find more than a few to please. The charming deck and breathtaking views of the 150-acre property give this North Cape May attraction its appeal.

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery, located in Rio Grande - just a short drive from the Wildwoods, offers special events and tours year-round on their sprawling 100-plus acre farm.  Three generations of the Wuerker family have cultivated the farmland; and nature provides the perfect conditions for growing grapes with its sandy soils and ocean breezes. A fine selection of vintages, varietals and blends are produced here.

Jessie Creek Winery
Also a short drive from the Wildwoods awaits an intimate wine tasting experience at the Jessie Creek Winery in Cape May Court House. Providing a flavorful bounty of their five varieties including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chambourcin and Pinot Grigio, is the objective of this Jersey Shore Winery. This winery sets the stage for a romantic getaway or extended visit for lovers of wine and history.

Natali Vineyards
Just 20 minutes from the Wildwoods in Cape May Court House, Natali Vineyards boasts, “The wine is made in the vineyard."  During the summer season Natalihosts popular “Wine It Down Wednesdays” at their cozy outdoor picnic area. Open in the fall and winter seasons, Natali Vineyards offers numerous events, such as Harvest and Crush, an afternoon featuring live jazz music, contests, food, tastings and more.

Turdo Vineyards
Turdo Vineyards, a quaint, family-owned winery in North Cape May, offering year-round tastings of their award-winning Italian grape wines served in a hospitable atmosphere. With 100% of the fruit estate-grown, this charming winery produces quality varietals such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and their signature wine, Nero D’Avola. Less than 10 miles from the Wildwoods, this winery is well worth the short scenic drive.

Willow Creek Winery
Willow Creek Winery, the area’s newest and largest winery located in West Cape May is just 20 minutes from the Wildwoods. Willow Creek Winery handcrafts sustainable wines that are also bottled on their beautiful 50-acre estate. Take a guided tour of their vineyard or stroll through their scenic gardens before settling into a seat at the bar for tastings at their 12,000-square-foot hand carved post and beam winery
with luxurious leather couch seating areas. Enjoy their estate wines and signature sangria slushy’s on the beautiful outside brick patio overlooking the fireplace.

With many of the region’s best wineries just minutes just minutes away, and a number of fine restaurants throughout the Wildwoods, visitors to this southern New Jersey shore destination can enhance their vacation getaway with a visit to some of the East Coast’s finest wineries. The Wildwoods and wine, as it turns out, are a perfect combination for a memorable fall getaway.
About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority
The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions.

The Wildwoods were selected in 2013 as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “BestTown” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, JerseyShore Edition contest; and were one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

The Tourism Authority operates the WildwoodsConvention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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