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Vineyards of New Jersey

There is a reason why New Jersey is referred to as "The Garden State." While the area may be known more now for it legacy in popular music (natives Bruce Springsteen and Frankie Valli are two lasting successes), New Jersey offers the visitor a lush landscape nestled against a bustling, scenic shoreline. For wine enthusiasts there is the opportunity to visit any number of vineyards dotted throughout the state.

Alba Vineyard - Milford: Established in the heart of historic Fineville, a nearly 200-year-old barn stands to symbolize the old world charm of Alba Vineyards. Here visitors may sample a varied selection of whites and reds, from dry rieslings to bold pinots, and taste the fruits of other vines in a sampling of dessert wines flavored with blueberries, apples, and raspberries.

Bellview Winery - Landisville: Located in the southern tip of the state, Bellview is a very active vineyard that offers something for wine enthusiasts year round. Among the award-winning wines available for sampling are the lively pinot grigio and chardonnay, bold syrahs and cabs, and spicy seasonal wines. Custom labelling is also an option for gift-giving.

Four Sisters Winery - Belvidere: The four sisters are Robin, Serena, Melissa, and Sadie. The vineyard named for them site nestled among the green hills of Warren County, where Marty Matarazzo oversees acres of vines to produce an extensive line of reds, whites, ports and champagnes. Guests to the winery are also invited to the onsite bakery and cafe for delicious dishes designed to complement the vintages.

Tamuzza Vineyards - Franklinville: For over twenty years, Tamuzza Vineyards has produced many flavorful wines and ciders. Anywhere from ten to twenty thousand gallons of wine are produced from annual harvests, and guests may purchase by the bottle or have creative gift baskets made for any occasion. Custom labels are always an option.

Whether exploring the Jersey shore or the green southern hills, you are certain to find an excellent vintage to enjoy on your trip through New Jersey. A simple search for state vineyards will provide more information on these and the other great vineyards of New Jersey.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer whose articles on travel destinations and travel tips have appeared on many websites, including the Grand Summit Hotel of New Jersey (http://www.grandsummit.com).

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