The Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (AVA) encompasses more than 2 million acres (1.1 million of which is located in the Pinelands National Reserve) in New Jersey, and produces excellent Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Merlot wines, among others. The well-drained soil (excellent for grape growing) and long growing season contribute to the quality of the Outer Coastal Plain AVA’s wines, as well as the climate produced by the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. Approved in 2006, over 20 wineries and commercial vineyards call the Outer Coastal Plain AVA home. Quality wine has been bottled in New Jersey since 1767, with Renault Winery, the oldest continuously operating winery in America, established here in 1864.
Tomasello Winery. Founded in 1933, this Outer Coastal Plain winery grows over 70 acres of grapes in its vineyards, with over 30 different varieties of grapes. Their New Jersey vineyards grow native American, French hybrid and Vinifera grapes. For an outstanding New Jersey wine, try this Outer Coastal Plain winery’s 2006 Outer Coastal Plain Petit Verdot, with aromas of cinnamon and coca followed by flavors that include strawberries and mint. Also try their 2006 Outer Coastal Plain Nevers Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, a nice red wine with aromas of herbs and berries, and flavors that include black currant and smoke. For more information on this New Jersey winery and its wines, click here.
Cape May Winery. With four separate vineyards that total over 150 acres of grapes, this New Jersey Winery produces some excellent wines. They grow over 16 different grape varieties, with which they create white and red wines that include Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Chardonnay and Riesling. The signature wine of this Outer Coastal Plain winery is their Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, aged in American and French Oak. Try their Cape May Cabernet Franc, a young wine that features aromas of licorice and spice, followed by flavors of vanilla and cherry. Also try their Cape May Chardonnay, which has aromas of citrus followed by flavors of stone fruit and grapefruit. For more about this New Jersey winery and its wines, click here.
Heritage Station Winery. Established in 2001, this New Jersey winery has over 20 acres of vineyards (including Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay wine grapes), with the remaining 100 acres of this farm devoted to apples, peaches and pears. This Outer Coastal Plain winery produces many award winning wines, including their 2005 Chambourcin, which was awarded the Governor’s Cup for being one of the best red wines in the state. Their grapes are hand-sorted and fermented in either stainless steel or oak (French and American.) Sample their 2007 Syrah, which has aromas of blueberry and violets, and flavors that include white pepper, cocoa and plum. Also try their 2006 Chardonnay, with delicious aromas of apple and pear followed by flavors of apricots and cream. For more information on this New Jersey winery and its wines, click here.