About South Jersey's Outer Coastal Plain AVA - South Jersey Wine Country!
Over the past few years, South Jersey's wine industry has grown tremendously. From just a dozen or so fully-functioning wineries and vineyards in 2005, the region now boasts nearly 30, thanks in part to the federal designation in 2007 of the Outer Coastal Plain(2) as an American Viticultural Area (AVA)(1).
During the last decade and a half, a transformation has occurred, with numerous European-style fine wines from New Jersey grapes garnering national and international acclaim. Add to this a 300-year tradition of grape-growing and winemaking from native American grapes and local fruit, and if you don't already think of South Jersey as a great place for wine, you soon will.
Wine and Dine in South Jersey
While you're visiting South Jersey Wine Country in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA, you'll find no shortage of great restaurants, starting with the fine dining establishments of the SJ Hot Chefs. Culinary events like "Chef Wars," "Restuarant Week," and especially "Farm to Fork," make for exciting opportunities to pair South Jersey wines with whatever cuisine suits your palate.
Spend more time in the vines
For our out-of-town visitors (and locals making the most of a night out), we have hundreds of hotels and boutique accommodations to suit every taste and budget. Earn rewards from your favorite national chains during your extended stay - which you'll need to visit all our wine trails - or experience unique hospitality at one of South Jersey's bed and breakfasts.
Reds and Whites and Fun All Over
South Jersey has so much more than just wine - and that's what makes South Jersey wine country so great to visit! Planted right between Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore, the Outer Coastal Plain is a perfect add-on to a trip to the City of Brotherly Love, or Atlantic City and South Jersey's beaches. But the truth is, there's so much to do along South Jersey's wine trails, that you might just want to save those destinations for another time.
Spend some time outdoors in the Pine Barrens - the first and largest National Reserve east of the Mississippi river, check out the attractions at the Camden Waterfront - with great views of the Philadelphia skyline, or pair your favorite South Jersey vintage with some rich history, arts and culture.
(1) What is an AVA?
The term AVA is short for "American Viticultural Area". AVA's are official wine grape growing regions of the United States designated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. In order for a region to be approved as an AVA, it must be able to prove its identity as a unique physiographic region and as a region that is beneficial to grape growing. Some of the criteria used by the federal government to determine whether an area meets this standard include distinct climate, soil type, and elevation and other physical features as well as a history of wine grape growing. (from outercoastalplain.com)
(2) What is the Outer Coastal Plain?
The Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (AVA) covers over 2.25 million acres in Southeastern New Jersey. It was established by the federal government in 2006. There are nearly 200 AVA's currently in the US and the Outer Coastal Plain AVA is among the top 10% in size. The wine industry in this AVA currently comprises over 20 wineries and commercial vineyards. (from outercoastalplain.com)
"Vintage South Jersey" is a product of the
South Jersey Tourism Corp. (SJTC) SJTC
is a member of NJDMO - an association
of the State of New Jersey's Destination
Marketing Organizations. SJTC represents
the counties of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem in the Delaware River Region of New Jersey, and is the official tourism representative of the Outer Coastal Plain AVA.