• Dawn LeFevre

Federal Twist Vineyards

Updated: Nov 16

As the days grow shorter and the weather chillier, I harken back to a warm September day spent at a lovely new winery in Stockton, NJ - Federal Twist Vineyards. A $5 per person entry fee (free for minors) entitled us and Domino the Winery Dog to a delightful afternoon of live music by the blossoming vineyards. While Federal Twist does have umbrellas, tables, and chairs on site, it is a good idea to pack your own as these fill up fast. After paying said entry fee, we scoped out a spot in the shade of an oak tree and settled in. We were pleasantly surprised at Federal Twist’s food menu, offering up everything from burgers and hot dogs to crab quesadillas and pulled pork and chicken salad sandwiches.


As Federal Twist’s tasting room is currently under construction, our wine tastings were held in tents at a very affordable price of $5 for 3 pours. First up was the Vidal Blanc, a smooth dry white with just enough citrus notes to quench my sweet palate. Next came my personal favorite – Hey Bett! This field blend of different grape varieties was named in honor of the family’s grandmother and has a slightly sweet flavor without being saturated in sugar. Last but not least was the FTV Rose. While drier than most Roses, this wine has hints of fruit and a nice crisp finish.


In addition to live music, delectable wines and attractive vineyards, Federal Twist also offers the unique opportunity to stay overnight in their restored 19th century, five-bedroom farmhouse. The views are incredible, the furnishings comfortable, and stays can be booked on AirBnB. I eagerly await the completion of Federal Twist’s tasting room so I can enjoy this winery year-round. In the meantime, I’ll just have to rely on my memories of that wonderful sunny September afternoon.



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