One of the fantastic vineyards in Southern New Jersey is Tomasello Winery, the second oldest winery in New Jersey, founded in 1933. I have had their wines many times, but I did not have the chance to actually visit their facility until recently when I covered a bridal event.
For starters, this is a beautiful winery with a beautiful tasting room. If you haven’t had their wines before, they have lots to choose from. One of the things that I enjoyed about their wine tasting specifically, is that you can choose a flight depending on your wine preference. It definitely makes it easier to make a choice on which wines to try.
They have several flights including a dry wine, semi dry/semi sweet,sweet, fruity, red, whites, moscato and dessert. They have a lot of wine. They also offer a cheese plate and recommend which wines go with the cheese. You will definitely learn to expand your palette when you’re there.
I wanted to dry a little bit of everything, so here Wines I tried:
– Red Wines; 2012 Atlantic County Pinot Noir, 2013 Outer Coastal Plain Blaufrankisch, Tomasello Cape May Red, American Rainer Red
Notes: The American Ranier was my favorite of the reds I tried, and it happens to be their #1 seller. It’s a sweet red table wine. The Blaufrankisch was my second favorite, it’s made from Hungarian red grape varities and would taste well with grilled chicken, steak, or just meat in general. The Cape May Red is a light table wine that would pair very well with pasta, and the Pinot Noir was a classic dry red that I very much enjoyed.
– White Wines; 2013 Outer Coastal Plain Dry Riesling, 2013 Outer Coastal Plain Rkatsiteli
Notes: I personally love a dry Riesling, and Tomasello’s was no exception. I’ve never had a Rkatsiteli wine before, which was a little spicy and fruity. It was very nice.
I should also note that I’ve had Tomasello wine many times outside of the vineyard, including a tasting location near my home. I am very partial to their fruity wines, especially their Blueberry Moscato (Hammonton is #1 for blueberries in NJ). If you’re looking for an amazing sweet wine, you should also try the Almonique which is flavored with almonds and vanilla. Their ice wine, best served chilled, it’s one of their more expensive bottles but also one of their best. In fact, it was a NJ Governor’s Cup Winner.
Tomasello also makes sparkling wines and I tried the Sparkling Blueberry and the Spumante. Both are perfect for a special occasion ie a wedding, bridal shower OR if just you happen to love a Champagne-like wine.
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Their staff is knowledgeable and polite, and we had a great time in the tasting room. They have so many different wines to choose from, it’s hard to choose how many you should try (you should not be getting drunk at a classy wine tasting). Having said that, you can go to the winery multiple times to try as many wines as you’d like.
I wish I knew Tomasello Winery did weddings when I get married because it’s a beautiful venue. It’s a beautiful space with lots of room for dancing, not to mention an area for cocktail hour. We also got to try a lot of the food that they offer, including this really cool pasta station.
You also can’t beat this beautiful staircase with the gorgeous chandelier! Perfect for picture taking:
See more pictures from the bridal event including a bridal fashion show HERE.
Overall, we had a fantastic time at the winery. Everyone there was so friendly and their wine is amazing. It’s not hard to figure out why they have been in business for so long. They host events during the week and the weekend in addition to being open year round…so you definitely have lots of opportunities to visit.
Address: 225 North White Horse Pike, (Route 30), Hammonton, New Jersey. Other Tasting Locations
Phone: (800) MMM-WINE
Hours: (For the Winery Itself) Monday – Thursday: 9am – 6pm, Friday & Saturday: 9am – 7pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Tastings: $5 for basic wine tasting
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