The Wineries of Cape May


Food & Drink


Cape MayThe Jersey Shore


Until I went to Cape May I did not know that there were wineries in the area. There are five wineries nearby on the Cape May Wine Trail. Cape May has a similar climate to Bordeaux in France with wineries producing a variety of grapes including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pino Grigio, Merlot and Riesling. You can buy the wines from the wineries or in local liquor stores and in some restaurants. I would buy a bottle and take it to the BYOB restaurants like the Peter Shields Inn or to the many others in town.

I had a chance to visit and try:

Cape May Winery & Vineyard:  At 711 Townbank Rd., north of downtown, this is a winery offering dry white and red varietals as well as sweeter whites and reds. On the dry red wine side, you can taste Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Rose.

Willow Creek Winery:  The beautiful winery and tasting room is located at 160-168 Stevens St. near the Cape May Lighthouse. It produces a number of whites plus a good number of reds, including Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Other wineries on the Wine Trail include Jessie Creek Winery, Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery.