Cape May Winery & Vineyard
Home to the oldest roots in the county, Cape May Winery is a staple of Exit 0.
If you're searching for a place to really tantalize your taste buds and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience, you'll definitely want to check out Cape May Winery & Vineyard. Known as one of the most sought-after wineries in the region, they provide an absolutely unparalleled wine tasting excursion that is certain to impress even the most discerning of palates. By immersing yourself in their environment, you will be able to bask in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of the vineyard and taste a glass of their signature wines which have been carefully crafted only using the finest of grapes. Not only that, you can sample from a multitude of varieties, discovering your soon-to-be favorite blend while also understanding the fermentation and ageing process involved. Their expert team of amicable and knowledgeable staff will guide you every step of the way, answering your queries and ensuring you have an enriching experience throughout. With a plethora of tasting options to choose from, there is something on offer to please all preferences. Plan your visit to Cape May Winery & Vineyard to witness the art of winemaking come alive.
The winery was started by the Hayes family in conjunction with Rutger's Agricultural Co-op in 1989. The first test plot of Cabernet Sauvignon was planted that year at the Townbank Vineyard. After a few years of pruning, maturing, and patiently waiting- the first bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon was released in 1996. Today, the winery continues to grow and produce some of South Jersey’s finest wines!
In 2003, Bill Hayes sold the winery to our current owners- the Craig Family. Toby Craig and his daughter Betsy Sole have worked over the years to create a special vibe and atmosphere at the winery. When the Craigs took over, they hired winemaker Darren Hesington who worked as head winemaker for 16 years. While Darren has moved on from Cape May Winery, he will remain a pillar of our winemaking process. The current winemaker, Mike Mitchell, worked closely with Darren as his assistant winemaker for 11 years. The 2019 harvest was Mike’s first as head winemaker. Mike and assistant winemaker Jackson Sole lead our production team, while tasting room manager Shelley Rhoads oversees the front of the house. The attention to detail and love of wine starts with Toby and Betsy and works its way through our production team, to the tasting room, and into every bottle. We hope you stop by to taste our wines and stroll through the vineyard, because life’s too short to drink bad wine!
The year Toby purchased the winery, production was just over 1,000 gallons of wine. In 2014, the winery produced 40,000 gallons- which equates to ~16,445 cases or ~197, 333 bottles of wine! Today, we are the 5th largest producing winery in New Jersey. The Cape May Winery is unique in that we are 100% retail- our wines truly call Exit 0 home! Cape May Winery's farmland encompasses over 150 acres around Cape May. Currently, we harvest 26 of these acres across 4 vineyards home to 11 grape varietals.
WINERY HOURS & TASTING ROOM HOURS
Tasting Room Hours
Monday, Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Inside hostess seating for Groups up to 6 guests only, first come first serve.
- Due to the intimate nature of the winery we are limited in accomodating groups over 6 guests.
For groups with 7-12 guests scroll down to book one of our large group tables. Outside seating is available.
Guests arrive at our front entrance for both indoor and outdoor seating.
Upon arrival check in with our front entrance hostess.
Guests under 21 and pets are NOT permitted at our indoor seating areas.
Wine Available by the Bottle, Featured Wines by the Glass, Wine Flights, 1L Carafes
- Tapas Kitchen is offering a full menu daily
- Closes 30 minutes before winery. Please no outside food or beverage.
Educational Wine Tastings (21+ ONLY) must be booked online
Guests over 21 gladly welcome for the educational wine tasting. Please no pets.
Book a Wine Tasting for all times and booking options