Tuesday, January 24, 2023 / by Teresa Dipeso
If you enjoy wine, beer, or spirits, visiting one of Cape May County's many vineyards, breweries, and distilleries is a must-do, and makes for a great cold-weather activity at the Shore!
The Jersey Cape’s local breweries, wineries, and distilleries each have their own unique flair. Safely tour the facilities and talk to the experts to learn how beer, wine, and spirits are made. Send your palate on a journey with tastings and bring your favorite flavor home in a growler or bottle.
Nauti Spirits Distillery
Nauti Spirits Distillery is located on a 60-acre farm between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay and offers artisan spirits that have been handcrafted from locally harvested ingredients. The facility features a tour, a tasting room, and bottle shop. Innovative cocktails that use fresh ingredients are created onsite. Nauti Spirits Distillery is located at 916 Shunpike Road in Cape May, NJ 08204. For more information call (609) 770-3381 or visit NautiSpirits.com.
Cold Spring Brewery
Historic Cold Spring Village’s mission of historic preservation, history education, and heritage tourism inspired this brewery, which was built within an 1804 three-bay English-style Cape May County barn from Upper Township. Board by board, the barn was restored and reconstructed on the Village property into the beautiful, rustic building which houses the brewery today. Inspired by the recipes of the 1800s, all of Cold Spring Brewery’s beer products are made using the spring water from the Cold Spring property. The brewery is family-friendly, with handcrafted soda for the kids and water for the pups. Bring the entire family out for a good time with great beer for a great cause! Cold Spring Brewery is located at 733 Seashore Road, Cold Spring, Cape May. For more information, visit www.coldspringbrewery.org.
Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
Visitors and locals alike love Hawk Haven for its friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere and above all, Winemaker Todd Wuerker’s award-winning wines. There is always something to experience and enjoy at the vineyard, such as wine tastings and flights, live music events, wine pairing dinners and much more. Come experience what everyone is talking about! Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery is located at 600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande. For more information call (609) 846-7347 or visit hawkhavenvineyard.com.
Willow Creek Farm & Winery
Visit Willow Creek Farm & Winery for all things wine. They offer tastings, tapas, tours, or private events. Located in West Cape May, the winery is just a bike ride away from anywhere on Cape May Island. If you enjoy great wines, delicious foods, and a serene setting, this is a great location with a great view. Willow Creek Winery is located at 160-168 Stevens St., West Cape May. For more information call (609) 770-8782 or visit willowcreekwinerycapemay.com.
Cape May Distillery
Come learn all about the distilling and blending process during a tour of Cape May Distillery. Experience handcrafted spirits from the Cape at Cape May Distillery, which was the first distillery in the area. The distillery’s hands-on process uses local ingredients sourced in the state of New Jersey. Through hard work and the help of others who shared this dream, Cape May Distillery was born with a goal to produce high-quality natural products for a reasonable price. Cape May Distillery is located at 371 Rt. 47 S., Cape May Court House. For more information call (609) 305-4853 or visit capemay-distillery.com.
Cape May Winery & Vineyard
Cape May Winery & Vineyard has grown over the past two decades to produce some of South Jersey’s most distinguished wines. Through the years, Cape May Winery has become one of Cape May’s top tourist attractions. Cape May Winery offers enticing spots to unwind, relax, linger, and enjoy both indoors and out. With multiple tasting rooms, a charming deck overlooking the vineyard, and an outside patio with bonfire pits, guests are guaranteed to enjoy the ideal tasting treat. Cape May Winery located at 711 Townbank Rd., Cape May. For more information, call (609) 884-1169 or visit capemaywinery.com.
Lazy Eye Distillery
Lazy Eye Distillery is located in Wildwood, New Jersey. Be sure to stop in to try award-winning spirits. The distillery hosts bachelorette parties and special events, and you can purchase wedding favors to share your new favorite spirits with guests. There is a second Lazy Eye Distillery in Buena Vista in Atlantic County. The Wildwood location can be found on 135 E Spicer Ave. For more information, visit www.lazyeyedistillery.com or call (856) 839-4326.
Natali Vineyards is located within the Cape May peninsula, and is moderated by two large bodies of water: the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. This configuration and climate parallels a famous French wine-growing region, the Bordeaux, perfect for growing the fine Vitis vinifera grapevine of French and Italian wines. Be sure to stop by Natali’s tasting room and order from the tapas menu. Natali Vineyards is located on 221 N Delsea Dr in Cape May Court House. For more information visit natalivineyards.com or call (609) 465-0075.
Jessie Creek Winery
The atmosphere at Jessie Creek Winery is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the Jersey Shore. Sit outside on the wrap-around porch to experience the serenity of the beautiful vineyard as you enjoy Jessie Creek wines and a selection of gourmet cheeses from the shop. Head to the vineyard lawn to watch flames dance in the fire pit. Jessie Creek Winery is located at 1 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House. For more information call (609) 536-2023 or visit jessiecreekwinery.com.
COHO Brewing Company
The COHO Brewing Company tasting room, located in Cape May Court House right off of Route 9, is a great place to enjoy a few beers. Bring your own food to enjoy with your brews or order take-out from one of the local hot spots. The tasting room is family-friendly, so invite the whole family to play board games, darts, cornhole, and more! COHO Brewing Company is located at 28 Indian Trail Rd. Suite 103, Cape May Court House. For more information call (609) 264-648 or visit cohobrewingco.com.
Bucket Brigade Brewery
Bucket Brigade’s tasting room, located in downtown Cape May Court House in the old H B Christman & Son Auto Parts building, is spacious and cozy with its firehouse accents such as helmets and buckets. Two garage doors roll up to reveal downtown Cape May Court House. The renovated building has an inviting atmosphere and holds many pieces of history that recognize some of the past businesses of Cape May County. Bucket Brigade Brewery is located at 205 North Main Street in Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. For more information call (609) 778-2641 or visit BucketBrigadeBrewery.com.
Slack Tide Brewing Company
Slack Tide Brewing Company was founded in 2015 by two brothers who were raised in Cape May County. Their philosophy is simple: create a diverse and high-quality line of beers made with all-natural ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. They hope to make Slack Tide a destination where locals feel at home and visitors look forward to returning. A “slack tide” is the point before any turn of the tide where the water is completely unstressed; this is how the owner’s want all who step foot into Slack Tide to feel. Slack Tide Brewing Co. is located at 1072 Rt. 83, Clermont. For more information call (609) 478-2343 or visit slacktidebrewingco.com.
MudHen Brewing Company
MudHen Brewing Company, named after the first passenger train in Wildwood, offers a large menu that features everything from barbecue ribs and smoked wings to juicy burgers and skillets of creamy mac & cheese. A full kid’s menu for families is also on offer. With three full bars and a large list of in-house brewed craft beer, MudHen is ready to take you on a new journey.
Mudhen now features an expanded outdoor area, as well as more protected seating areas, fire pits, outdoor bar area, and outdoor bathrooms. MudHen Brewing Company is located at 127 West Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood, NJ 08260. For more information call (609) 846-7918 or visit MudHenBrew.com.
7 Mile Brewery
7 Mile Brewery makes recipes with all kinds of malts, grains, hops, fruits, and other flavors. The goal is to make beer as interesting as the people who drink it. Their focus is to deliver a product that reflects the tastes of the community that they serve. 7 Mile Brewery is located at 3156 Route 9 South in Rio Grande, NJ 08242. For more information call (609) 365-7777 or visit 7MileBrew.com.
Cape May Brewing Company
Cape May Brewing Company began with one simple question: where’s all the beer down here? With that in mind, they decided to provide South Jersey with fresh local beer to put New Jersey on the map as a craft beer state. In operation since July 2011 in the Cape May Airport, they proudly brew all of their beers locally, and craft balanced and flavorful ales and lagers for thousands of happy locals and visitors. With a spacious tasting room and sunny beer garden, there is plenty of room to enjoy their beer. You can visit the gift shop, “The Brewtique,” and take an interactive, self-guided tour. Cape May Brewing Company is located at 1288 Horney Road in Rio Grande, NJ 08242. For more information call (609) 849-9933 or visit CapeMayBrewery.com.
Gusto Brewing Company
Gusto Brewing Company is New Jersey’s southernmost brewery, taproom, and beer garden. They aim to cultivate something unique and aim to whip up swell beers. Gusto Brewing Company is located at 3860 Bayshore Road in North Cape May, NJ 08204. For more information call (609) 849-8260 or visit GustoBrewCo.com.
Ludlam Island Brewery
Ludlam Island Brewery is a little off the beaten path, located ten minutes outside Sea Isle City in beautiful Ocean View. Ludlam brews and serves great beer they are passionate about. Ludlam Island Brewery is located at 9 Stoney Court in Ocean View, NJ 08230. For more information call (609) 263-6969 or visit LudlamIsland.com.
Turdo Vineyards & Winery
Turdo Vineyards is now the only vineyard and winery in the state of NJ to be run 100% on solar energy. Family-owned and operated, Turdo Vineyards has turned just over five acres of woods into a highly successful, fully operational vineyard and winery. Turdo Vineyards and Winery is located at 3911 Bayshore Road in Cape May, NJ 08204. For more information please call (609) 884-5591 or visit TurdoVineyards.com.