Garden State Wineries Host Wine and Chocolate Trail Weekends

Sunday, February 4, 2024
Grab your sweetheart (or your besties) and start making some plans for Valentine's Day, especially if you're wine and chocolate lover like me! Garden State Wine Growers Association is a coalition of over 60 New Jersey wineries and vineyards that supports the Garden State’s wine industry through information, resources, and advocacy. Exciting news! They'll be hosting two weekends of Valentine’s Day themed events. Read on for all of the details.

Disclosure: this information was taken directly from the Garden State Wine Growers press release. 

If you're looking for something fun and unique to do this Valentine's Day in New Jersey, then check out the Wine and Chocolate Trail Weekends in February!

The New Jersey Wine & Chocolate Trail Weekends celebrate Valentine's Day and will occur on two consecutive weekends: February 9-11 and February 16-18, 2024. During both weekends, participating New Jersey wineries offer wine tastings, artisanal chocolates, live music, and more.

Old York Cellars and The Fudge Shoppe tasting - Ringoes, NJ

“In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, New Jersey’s wineries are getting ready with wine, chocolate, and romantic experiences,” shared Devon Perry, Executive Director of the Garden State Wine Growers Association. “Our website, and Passport to New Jersey Wine Country mobile app both offer the perfect tool to plan your journey and capture your memorable experiences. Follow us across social media and sign up for our weekly newsletter, In the Vines, to get a taste for what Garden State wineries have planned for you, your loved ones, and friends this Valentine’s Day season.”

White Horse Winery’s proprietor, Brock J. Vinton II, shared, “We are excited to welcome guests from near and far to enjoy the hand-picked wine and chocolate pairings at White Horse Winery. Our special package includes chocolates from Sweet Mary’s Chocolates, which is owned and operated by Julia-Marie Cassidy of Salem Oak Vineyards.”

With over 60 wineries and vineyards in four distinct American Viticultural Areas, there’s a New Jersey winery within less than an hour’s drive for residents of the Garden State. The four American Viticultural Areas (AVA) are the Warren Hills AVA, the Cape May Peninsula AVA, the Central Delaware Valley AVA and the Outer Coastal Plain AVA. Vineyards across New Jersey grow more than 80 grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Albarino and Chardonnay. New Jersey’s wineries also produce a wide array of fruit wines, and New Jersey is one of the top producers of wine in the country.

About Garden State Wine Growers Association

The Garden State Wine Growers Association is a non-profit organization of New Jersey-based wineries, vineyards and allied businesses. It serves as a centralized information repository, resource and clearing house for industry members, and offers a unified voice advocating for issues important to the entire range of New Jersey winery and vineyard operations. Central to this mission are efforts toward branding, marketing, public relations, education, and legislation and regulation for the furtherance of the vineyard and wine industries in the Garden State. For more information, visit  

Old York Cellars, Ringoes, NJ

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