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Friday, June 14, 2024

Holiday Wine Trail Weekend Begins on November 24

Snapshots from Alba Vineyard in Milford, New Jersey. Photo by C. O’Chang, 11/2023.

Holiday decorations and Christmas trees have sneaked into the seasonal sections early this year. But this weekend brings the stuffed stomachs, tryptophan and joyful connection of Thanksgiving, followed by Black Friday, the traditional kickoff of the holiday season.

To celebrate, the New Jersey Wine Growers Association (NJWGA) is hosting its annual Holiday Wine Trail Weekend. A nonprofit coalition of over 60 New Jersey wineries, the NJWGA has invited its members to host family activities, vendors and performers to get the holiday season started.

The 2023 Holiday Wine Trail runs from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, November 26.

Here’s a guide to special events happening at nearby wineries, sorted by distance from Blairstown. Note: don’t forget to pick a designated driver before the tastings start!

  • (12 minutes from Blairstown) Brook Hollow Winery: Corks & Crafts Fair, Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Your favorite local vendors in one location, for all of your holiday shopping needs.” 594 Route 94, Columbia. www.brookhollowwinery.com
  • (16 minutes from Blairstown) Four Sisters Winery: 39th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26. Noon to 5 p.m. Live music, tastings, sparkling wine, warm spiced wine, food specials, discounts. Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Road 519, Belvidere. https://www.facebook.com/foursisterswinery/
  • (52 minutes from Blairstown, going south) Beneduce Vineyards, Saturday, November 25, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Group therapy. Live music, lawn games, food trucks. Reservations recommended. 21+ only. 1 Jeremiah Lane Alexandria. https://www.beneducevineyards.com/
  • (55 minutes from Blairstown, going south) Villa Milagro, Friday, November 24 to Sunday, November 26. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Experience a little bit of Christmas South of the Border. Luminarias will light our indoor Cantina, where you will warm to traditional Mexican Christmas music.” Traditional Mexican cookies, spiced mulled wine, case discounts. 33 County Road 627, Phillipsburg. https://www.villamilagrovineyards.com/
  • (55 minutes from Blairstown, going north) Ventimiglia Vineyard, Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, November 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Finger snacks and holiday wine tasting. 101 Layton Road, Wantage. https://ventivines.com/
  • (58 minutes from Blairstown, going south) Old York Cellars: Black Friday Weekend at the Winery, Friday, November 24 to Sunday, November 26. Discounts, live music, wine pairings, brunch and BBQ on Sunday. Reservations recommended. 80 Old York Road, Ringoes. https://www.oldyorkcellars.com/
  • If you just want to taste some wine, you’ll also find tastings at wineries like Little Ridge Vineyard, Alba Vineyard, and Mount Salem Vineyards, all south of Blairstown.
Chip O'Chang
Chip O'Chang, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Chip O'Chang is an educator, fiction writer, and lifelong resident of New Jersey. He has also written for My Life Publications and NJ Indy. He lives in the NJ Skylands with his partner, two cats, and and a bearded dragon.