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7 Wineries to Visit Within 2 Hours of Hudson County

by Megan Joseph
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Ah, vino — one of our favorite ways to consume grapes. There’s no better way to celebrate all things wine than by visiting a local winery, and we’ve rounded up all of the spots where you can wear your cutest wide-brimmed hat and enjoy some red, white, or pink vino all within two hours of Hudson County. Experience the full winemaking process, or visit a family-owned vineyard with roots in wine since the prohibition era. Whether it’s a large group event or an intimate day for two, any of these locations are sure to satisfy your craving and fill your wine glass to the brim. Read on to explore seven local wineries to visit, all within two hours of Hudson County, New Jersey.

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City Winery | Multiple Locations in NYC

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City Winery has locations around NYC, as well as around the country. Possibly the most idyllic location around is at City Vineyard situated right on the Hudson, a short walk from the World Trade Center PATH. For a full night on the town, check out the upcoming events calendar for live music, comedians, and more for entertainment while you enjoy sipping their wines. If you’ve ever been interested in making your own wine, City Winery also has a few options for custom wine or custom labels.

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Hopewell Valley Vineyards | 46 Yard Road Pennington, NJ

 

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This 75-acre Pennington vineyard is a little over an hour from Hudson County, and lies at the base of the Sourland Mountains near the Delaware Valley. Besides vinifera varieties such as Pinot, Chardonnay, and Barbera, the vineyard grows Vidal Blanc, Chamboircin, and Traminette grapes that are “proven champions of the North Atlantic wine country”, with research underway for other promising varieties and grapevine breeders such as Noiret, Chardonel, Marquette and Baco Noir, per the website. The spot is open seven days a week, and visitors can check out the calendar of events for the latest happenings at Hopewell Valley.

Laurita Winery | 85 Archertown Road New Egypt, NJ

The vineyards seem to go on for miles and miles at Laurita Winery and as you walk through each row, the grapes are one better than the net. The primary focus of the harvest is to grow grapes that are accepted worldwide, with some of their first planted in 1998. The winery is open Thursdays through Sundays at various times, and Wednesdays are girls’ nights — with $5 glasses of wine available from 6PM-9PM. On the weekends, different events and food trucks line the property, serving up a great selection of bites to eat.

Make Wine With Us | 21 Curie Avenue, Wallington, NJ

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Make Wine With Us in Wallington is only a 30-minute drive away from Hudson County. Guests can choose the perfect grapes, bottle their own vintage, and even design a personalized label. The owners are American Wine Society-certified judges and their hands-on classes will leave you with the knowledge of an almost sommelier. Winemakers are able to choose from any varietal and blend they offer, both white and red. There are four winemaking sessions during the year: crushing, pressing, racking (optional), and bottling. It’s important to attend each session, so plan ahead. When the process finishes, you’ll leave with 60 bottles of wine and in-depth background of the process. Make Wine With Us is open seasonally by appointment — call 201-876-9463 or visit the website to find out more.

The Red Hook Winery | 175 Van Dyke Street Pier 41 Suite 325A, Brooklyn, NY

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For an only-in-New-York experience, visit Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn which provides wine tasting and barrel tasting tours for guests. Red Hook Winery was founded in 2008 and has beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The Winery specializes in New York State’s wines: the harvest regions span across the state, from the North Fork of Long Island to the Finger Lakes region. All labels of red and white wine are produced, from the grape to bottle, at the Brooklyn location. A guided tasting lasts about 60 minutes and will educate guests about the winery’s history and operations. Red Hook Winery is open Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays, from 12PM-7PM; and Fridays and Saturdays are 12PM-9PM. The Winery is taking reservations for the tasting room and has both indoor and outdoor seating.

Tomasello Winery | 225 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tomasello Winery has multiple New Jersey locations. The three locations closest to Hudson County are its tasting rooms at Wemrock Orchards in Freehold, Abma’s Farms in Wyckoff, and Cranford. Tomasello Winery is a third-generation vineyard based in southeastern New Jersey that has tasting rooms all throughout the state. Founder Frank Tomasello, the current owners’ grandfather, was a berry farmer who started the winery after prohibition in the 1930s. He saw the repeal of Prohibition as a business opportunity and the rest is history. Whichever location you choose to visit, you’ll be enjoying delicious wine with beautiful scenery. Find out more about each specific location here.

 


 

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Torne Valley Vineyards | 1-9 Torne Brook Road, Hillburn, NY

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Torne Valley Vineyards is less than an hour’s drive away from Hudson County and is a one-of-a-kind wine-tasting spot and wedding venue in New York’s Hudson Valley. Brothers Jon and Stephen France founded the business in 2009, making Torne Valley the first fully functioning winery in Rockland County. The winery bottled its first vintage in 2013 and continues to craft various blends of red and white wine. Its Victorian-style mansion on a 19th-century country estate boasts Ramapo River views, a grand ballroom, and an expansive lawn, making it a wonderful destination for a picnic. On warmer days, enjoy Torne Valley’s outdoor patio and chilled wines. The vineyard is open to the public on weekends from 11AM-5:30PM and the café provides a great small plates menu with live music.

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