• 5 Wineries to Visit Within 2 Hours of Hudson County

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    Ah, vino — one of our favorite ways to consume grapes. Of course,  our love for the fermented fruit would be incomplete without a day to celebrate it — enter, National Wine Day on May 25th. There’s no better way to celebrate all things vino than by visiting a local winery. Grab your cutest wide brim hat and enjoy a red, white, or pink vintage all within two hours of Hudson County. Experience the full winemaking process, enjoy a dinner paired with New York blends, 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 is sure to satisfy your craving and fill your wine glass to the brim. Read on to explore five wineries to visit on National Wine Day.

    Make Wine With Us {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} from the Lodi, California region.

    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 an in-depth background of the process. The total price includes participation for two individuals. Make Wine With Us is open seasonally by appointment — call 201-876-9463 or visit the website to find out more.

    See More: The Best Wine Bars {in Hoboken and Jersey City}

    Red Hook Winery {Brooklyn, NY}

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    For an exclusive vineyard experience, visit Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn which offers wine tasting and barrel tasting tours for guests. Their harvest regions span across the state, from North Fork, Long Island to Finger Lakes, NY. All 150 labels of red and white wine are produced from the grape to bottle at the Brooklyn location. The barrel tasting tour, which includes a regular tasting, is 30-45 minutes and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process.

    Founded in 2008, the winery has beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. Red Hook Winery is currently offering its Island Hope Wine Dinner, which benefits the reconstruction of communities and the hospitality industry in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Chefs Shaun Brian Sells and Jean-Louis Dumonet cook West Indian dishes paired with Red Hook wines, suggested by the owners.

    Red Hook Winery is open daily 12:00PM-6:00PM, but feel free to make a reservation online or inquire about private events.

    Tomasello Winery {Chester, NJ}

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    This next winery has multiple New Jersey locations, but for your convenience Alstede Farms based out of Chester, NJ and Abma’s Farms based out of Wyckoff, NJ are both within an hour and a half from Hudson County. Tomasello Winery is a third-generation vineyard based in southeastern New Jersey, but they have tasting rooms all throughout the state. The current owners’ grandfather, a berry farmer, started the winery after prohibition in the 1930s.

    Abma’s Farms is a relaxed, friendly atmosphere which in addition to Tomasello wine, sells natural produce, poultry, eggs, and baked goods from the farm. Alstede Farms is a family-owned farm in Chester, NJ and produces fruits, vegetables, and flowers grown using sustainable and organic production. Take your pick — either way you’ll be enjoying delicious wine with beautiful scenery. Check out Abma’s website and Alstede’s website for their hours.

    Torne Valley Vineyards {Hillburn, NY}

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    Less than an hour drive away, Torne Valley Vineyards is a unique wine-tasting spot and wedding venue in New York’s Hudson Valley. Founded in 2009 by brothers Jon and Stephen France, Torne Valley was the first fully functioning winery in Rockland County. They bottled their first vintage in 2013 and continue 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 full bride + groom perks. On warmer days, enjoy Torne Valley’s outdoor patio and chilled wines. The vineyard is open to the public on weekends from 11:00AM-5:30PM and their café offers a great small plates menu with live music. Call 845-712-5505 or email info@tornevalleyvineyards.com to make a reservation.

    Read More: The Best Wine Shops in Hoboken, Jersey City + Bayonne

    Vinizzo {Sea Cliff, NY}

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    Michael Izzo and his wife Kristie Loscalzo founded Vinizzo winery and tasting room in 2013 in Sea Cliff, NY. Sea Cliff is a small village next to Hempstead Bay about an hour and a half from Hudson County. His family emigrated from Italy in the 1960s and 1970s and amateur winemaking has been around in the family for as many generations as they can track. The Izzo’s consider wine more than a science, but a story which starts and ends with family — they all chip in from harvest to bottle.

    Vinizzo features three 2016 vintages bottled on site, a North Folk, Long Island Chardonnay and Merlot, as well as an Amador, California Zinfandel. The Izzo family invites you to visit their winery to taste your favorite vintage and experience first-hand their attention to detail with wine. For more information, check out the website or email hello@vinizzo.com.

    Have you visited one of these amazing wineries? Let us know in the comments!


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    Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Megan is a Jersey Girl at heart with a passion for writing and content creation. She is an alumna of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and currently works at a publishing company in downtown Hoboken. In her free time, you can find her at Crunch Fitness or exploring new brunch spots, dive bars, and local boutiques with her friends. Megan covers human-interest stories and lifestyle news geared toward young professionals and the every day Hoboken Girl.


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