(our fourth stop on the The Winemakers NJ Co-Op winery tour)
Our afternoon began on the loft of the gorgeous tasting room. It was extremely relaxing and enjoyable with winemaker Mike Beneduce himself as our guide through the wine tasting experience. Mike was very humble and did not talk much about his accomplishments (which we later learned from our tractor tour guide, Wayne), but he was happy to answer any questions, give us some tasty wine to try and kept us blogger babes entertained.
In 2000, the family purchased the 51 acre farm and planted over 20 acres of grapevines at the top of the property while transforming a large storage barn into a beautiful – and I mean spectacular – 7000 square foot winery. The Beneduce family has been making wine in the United States since the early 1900s when their family emigrated over from Italy; therefore they focus on producing premium quality wine and creating a down to earth atmosphere. Their goal is to focus more on quality over quantity to offer a range of wine styles fitting for each and every palate while concentrating on creating food friendly wines. We were looking into the Case Club membership because these wines are THAT good, y’all!
Our tractor tour guide Wayne (#BVWayne), showed us around the beautiful Beneduce Vineyards. We started off our journey to the lovely grounds with a nice bottle of Row’s End (92pts, Beverage Tasting Institute) while we listened to Wayne talk all about the history of the vineyard and enjoyed the ambiance of the live music. Wayne explained how the Beneduce family would like to produce the highest quality wine possible; therefore putting the extra effort into caring for these vines makes a huge difference in the bottled wine!
We loved our experience and could not say enough wonderful things about the interior and grounds of Beneduce Vineyards and Winery. The live music is held on their spacious stone patio surrounding a bonfire on Saturdays and Sundays – you could totally bring food in with you to enjoy the ambiance and melt your troubles away while you sip some delicious wine. The Saturday performances are from 6-9pm with a full band while the Sundays include a low-key acoustic act from 2-5pm. Beneduce hosts many different events and you could even have small gatherings all the way up to weddings on the premises. One thing that really stood out to us about Beneduce Vineyards was the fact that the atmosphere was super relaxing and “chill.” The vibes were positive and the overall family oriented with happiness from the tasting room to the stone patio to the tractor tours to the grass area with the corn hole and bocce ball games being played.
This being our fourth trip on our winery tour, check out our past blog posts featuring Hawk Haven Vineyard, Working Dog Winery and William Heritage Winery! Also, we will be checking out the last and final winery, Unionville Vineyards in @thewinemakersnj on September 7th so be on the lookout from Instagram stories, to posts to a blog post all about our visit! Last but certainly not least, us blogger babes will be at the Fall Portfolio with the Winemakers Co-Op huge event back here at Beneduce Vineyards when all of the wineries we have visited come together and celebrate another successful year! This event will be held on September 22nd so if you are in New Jersey, are traveling to the garden state or just need an excuse to come to the tri-state area, this is your chance! As an added bonus, we will be there! Ha ha, not that you care at all!
Thank you so much Mike for showing us a good time and sharing your knowledge about wine making. Your hospitality and humbleness definitely does not go unnoticed. Thank you to Wayne for showing us around the vineyard and assisting us with taking some group photos! We had a wonderful experience and cannot wait to be back! Check out Beneduce Vineyards (you will absolutely fall in love with this place) and we hope to see you at the Fall Portfolio the end of September!
Katie and Shayla