5 Cape May Wineries to Visit

Thanks to its coastal location and unique soil, Cape May, New Jersey, makes some of the best wines the state has to offer. From large producers to small-batch wineries and European varietals to fruit wines, there are lots of different wines to sample here. With many producers open year-round, Cape May wineries are fun to visit whether you’re beating the heat in the heart of summer or wondering what to do in town during a winter getaway.

See what to expect (and sample!) at these lovely properties.

Cape May Winery

Grapevines in a vineyard leading to a wine tasting room.
The vineyards of Cape May Winery

Cape May Winery is one of the most popular wineries in the area and has been producing wines for 35 years. This family-owned winery regularly offers about a dozen varietals and blends, focusing primarily on dry wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay. There is a smaller selection of fruit and port-style wines.

It is generally easy to stop into the winery for a sample flight of three wines or a glass or bottle of your favorite. For a more in-depth tasting experience that provides details about the varietals and wine growing in South Jersey, booking an educational wine tasting is the way to go. You’ll get six wines and lots of advice about wine tasting plus details about the Cape May terroir and more.

We love visiting during lunch to sample our wine alongside some bites from the tapas kitchen. Dishes range from cheese and charcuterie boards to flatbreads and hummus. We’re big fans of the lobster sliders.

Open year-round, the winery features live music on the weekends in the summer. There are also lots of special events like pop-up dinners, so keep an eye on their calendar.

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

Wine glass and bottle on a bar in front of a wall of wine bottles.
Inside Hawk Haven’s tasting room

For over a decade, Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery has produced some of the highest quality wines in South Jersey. From Cabernet Franc to Chardonnay, their award-winning varietals keep people coming back to their vineyard in lower Cape May County. It’s our absolute favorite among the local wineries.

The Wuerker family grows 16 grape varietals on farmland that has been in the family since the 1940s, and every step of the wine making process happens on site. That means there is always some kind of activity happening on the property.

If you visit Hawk Haven, you can opt for a guided wine tasting in the cozy tasting room or enjoy glasses or flights in the ample seating outdoors. Summer weekends are a great time to visit thanks to their live music series—known as Rootstock—and local food trucks that come to the winery. Other times of the year, there are specials like a chocolate pairings near Valentine’s Day as well as pairings with macarons, cheese, and more.

Jessie Creek Winery

Red grapes on a grapevine.

A visit to Jessie Creek Winery is an experience unlike any of the other wineries in Cape May. In addition to its numerous fine wines using New Jersey grapes, Jessie Creek is home to an art gallery.

The Gallery at Jessie Creek features local artists in exhibits that change monthly. Visitors can attend the opening receptions or browse the works when the winery is open. Everything is for sale, so you can take a piece you love home.

Fifteen years since its founding, Jessie Creek grows five different grape varietals and makes nearly 20 kinds of dry and sweet wines ranging from Chardonnay to apple wine. On a summer day, don’t miss the frose.

Most weekends in the summer feature live music among the vines, and cheese, charcuterie, and other snacks are available.

Willow Creek Winery

Glass of red wine imprinted with a chicken logo held in front of a grapevine.
Wine in the vineyard at Willow Creek

One of the largest wineries in New Jersey, Willow Creek Winery is located on a sprawling vineyard in West Cape May. With warm days and cool nights, the area’s microclimate is like the renowned grape growing region of Bordeaux, France.

The 50 acres of Willow Creek grow 13 varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Petite Verdot. There are often more than 15 wines on the menu. While most are dry or off-day, a handful of semi-sweet and fruit wines is available.

The winery is open year-round, and there is ample indoor seating. While the wines here are decent, we’re drawn in more by the ambiance–there is plenty of patio space for gazing out at the vines in one of the most picturesque places for wine tasting in Cape May. If you choose to wander among the rows of grapes, you just might encounter some of the property’s game cocks.

It’s also a popular lunch and dinner destination with families visiting as much for the farm-to-table menu as for the wines. There is an extensive cheese selection as well as lots of salads and sandwiches to choose from.

Natali Vineyard

Red tasting room with a white sign for "Natali Vineyards, Cape May Peninsula."
Natali Vineyard’s tasting room

Natali Vineyards offers a little bit of something for everyone. The vineyard grows 20 types of grapes that are used in single varietals and blends. They are known for their unique selection of fruit wines ranging from blueberry to peach plum. We’re not sweet wine lovers but enjoyed Erotic Aronia and the award-winning Nonno’s Cellar Wine, which are among their most popular offerings.

There is plenty of space in the tasting room to enjoy Natali’s offerings, or guests can spread out on the patio that overlooks the vineyard. Summer often brings live music as part of Wine Down Wednesdays and Sunday Music in the Vines.

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