Cape May Winery & Vineyard
Updated: Oct 17, 2022
It’s easy to see why Cape May’s oldest winery is so popular – it offers four different types of experiences. First there is Cape May Winery’s lovely garden patio featuring a sparkling water fountain and free live music on Saturdays. For those seeking a more tranquil experience, venture up to the deck overlooking the blossoming vineyards. Prefer the indoors? Check out the large tasting room featuring a huge hearth and comfy leather sofas. Finally, there is the beach-themed tap room complete with lifeguard boat which opens up into another patio area with retractable doors. Due to its popularity, Cape May Winery limits visits to 90 minutes and is unable to accommodate groups larger than six.
With Domino the Winery Dog in tow, our options were limited to the dog-friendly garden patio. After settling in, we tried to order our favorite wine – the Isaac Smith Apple but alas, they were sold out. It was time to find a new love, which meant a tasting and we happily took up the challenge. We started with the 2021 Cape May Chardonnay, which turned out to be the surprise of the day. Aged in steel, it was a mild, slightly buttery Chardonnay and not nearly as dry as expected. The 2021 Cape May Pinot Grigio is the perfect picnic wine – bright and refreshing with notes of pear. Dry Rose fans will cherish the 2021 Cape May Rose with its slightly strawberry finish. If White Zinfandel rocks your world, be sure to check out the Lighthouse Blush with its cherry notes.
Now it was time to eat. I have never had anything but excellent food from Cape May Winery’s Tapas Kitchen and I’m happy to report that their record remains flawless. Like most winery’s, the portions are small and the price not so much but those Nashville Sliders are awesome. Ditto for their flatbreads. We are already planning a return visit in the fall after the release of the fore-mentioned apple wine and we can’t wait to come back.
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