Suspend disbelief! They can and do make great wine in central New Jersey, coming from a wine snob whose done most of CA, NY and WA, I was incredibly impressed. They make a wonderful dry Rose and their Cab Franc is one of my favorites. I can hop in my car and be there in 20 minutes, other than the view of the NJ turnpike you’d never know you were in NJ. A great place for parties, picnics, you name it. Pack you picnic basket, only requirement is you have to buy their wine, by the glass or the bottle, just a great way to spend an afternoon. In the fall they’ve got a fireplace going and two TV’s with football. And bring your dogs !!! since they are more than welcome. Truly a great place. For you singles dudes, if want to make an impression, this is a great place to bring a date on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
This was my third visit to the winery and it seems to get better every time. I do not consider myself a wine expert I just know what I like. I like all the wine here but what I enjoy most is the family atmosphere it is a perfect setting and a great place to sit out on the patio and enjoy a bottle of wine with your special someone. On special days Mothers Day etc. they serve hot dogs, cheeses and other snack foods. On cool days they provide out door heaters and they have recently added and indoor seating area. I highly recommend this winery to anyone looking to enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon.
Love, Love, Love this winery in NJ. Visited here many times & enjoyed a special Birthday last year!It’s not too big nor too small. The staff is wonderful. There’s always a lot of nice people around!Bring your own food, games & fun. Sometimes they have events with bands playing.I hope to run the 5K benefits some charity for dogs! :)The Cabernet Franc is all you need but the other wines are enjoyable too!I would love to have a catered party here in future!
The winery is beautiful and the wine is pretty good. We really enjoyed the atmosphere of this place. It’s very friendly and welcoming and dog friendly! We were sad our dogs were back home in PA because they would have loved it there! The winery was also quite busy when we visited and the workers were still friendly and efficient. It has a great indoor spot and outdoor patio for small parties like bridal showers.
This is one of my favorite places on earth! My dogs and quite a few of my friends will agree with that statement as well. My first visit was with my husband and we were warmly welcomed by Mark and Jerry. They were very helpful with choosing wines to fit our individual tastes and it was nice to hear a little bit about the history of the winery. The grounds are beautiful and every single time we visit (we visit often) we have a blast. Whether its to run the Hair of the Dog 5k, hang out with friends and play soccer or catch in the field or to just relax on a blanket listening to the live music. Oh, and don’t forget your picnic basket!
We have been here a few more times over the last couple of years and most recently this past Sunday for their annual Hair of the Dog 5k race & Chesterfest - our second time for these events. It is a really great time. I can’t emphasize how dog friendly this winery is. All of the staff are so personable as well. Along with our 5k entry we got the wine tasting and sampled the new wines since the name change. I highly recommend their Riesling and the Ugly Duck Red is a nice semi-sweet.
Our real “working dog” experience began as we drove up near the tasting room, as their namesake dog, Gunner, came up to our car to check us out. The tasting room was spacious, and one of the owners, Russ, poured our samples. While they have an assortment of the sweet wines that are common in New Jersey, they have some well-made international varietals. The Syrah was in between the Rhone and Australian style, the Cabernet Sauvignon was restrained and sophisticated, and the Cabernet Franc was outstanding. After the tasting, we had a glass of our favorites and enjoyed the atmosphere. The weather was nice enough to sit outside, but we had more fun inside. And we bought one bottle for the rack at home.