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Balic Winery

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Balic Winery
Location6623 Harding Highway (Route 40), Mays Landing, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates39.463632 N, 74.788141 W
AppellationOuter Coastal Plain AVA
First vines plantedEarly 19th century
Opened to the public1966
Key peopleSavo Balić (founder)
Bojan Boskovic (owner)[1]
Acres cultivated57
Known forPomegranate wine
DistributionOn-site, wine festivals, NJ farmers' markets, NJ outlet stores, NJ restaurants, home shipment
TastingDaily tastings

Balic Winery is a winery in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township in Atlantic County, New Jersey.[2][3] The vineyard was first planted in the early 19th century by descendants of the original settlers of Mays Landing.[1] Balic is the third-oldest active winery in the state, after Renault Winery and Tomasello Winery, having opened in 1966.[4][5] Balic is one of the largest winegrowers in New Jersey, having 57 acres of grapes under cultivation.[4][6] The winery is named after its founder.[7][8]


Balic Winery is in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA, and produces wine from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Vidal blanc, Viognier, Vranac, and Zinfandel grapes. Balic also makes fruit wines from almonds, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, mangoes, pomegranates, raspberries, and strawberries.[2][9] It is the only winery in New Jersey that produces wine from Vranac, which is a red vinifera grape indigenous to Montenegro.[9][10] Balic is best known for its signature pomegranate wine, and they advertise the medical benefits from antioxidants in pomegranate wine.[3][11]

Balic Winery sells over 25 different types of wine.
Balic Winery sells over 25 different types of wine.

Licensing, associations, and outlets

Balic has a plenary winery license from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which allows it to produce an unrestricted amount of wine, operate up to 15 off-premises sales rooms, and ship up to 12 cases per year to consumers in-state or out-of-state.[12][13] Balic is not a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association or the Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association.[14][15] The winery operates outlet stores in five New Jersey towns – Clinton, Denville, Vernon, Vineland and Clark.[16]

See also


  1. ^ a b Post, Kevin. "Old winery, new location in Vineland" in The Press of Atlantic City (21 December 2012). Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b Jackson, Bart. Garden State Wineries Guide. (South San Francisco, CA: Wine Appreciation Guild, 2011). ISBN 9781934259573.
  3. ^ a b Westrich, Sal. New Jersey Wine: A Remarkable History. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012). ISBN 9781609491833.
  4. ^ a b Taylor, David A. "New Jersey Uncorked" in The Washington Post (17 July 2002). Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Wine Tasting Event Set at Wings 'n Water Festival" in The Cape May County Herald (8 September 2010). Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  6. ^ Hofmann, Christine."Wineries We Love: Five Fabulous Finds" in South Jersey Magazine (October 2004). Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  7. ^ Schmidt, R. Marilyn. Wines and Wineries of New Jersey. (Chatsworth, NJ: Pine Barrens Press, 1999). ISBN 9780937996386.
  8. ^ DeVito, Carlo. East Coast Wineries: A Complete Guide from Maine to Virginia. (Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004). ISBN 9780813533124. Balic Winery is named after Savo Balić.
  9. ^ a b Toms, Charlie. "Balic Winery Review" in American Winery Guide (22 June 2013). Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ Alonzo, Gregory. "The wines and casinos of the Black Mountains" on Eve's Wine 101 (blog) (18 October 2012). Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  11. ^ Lemongello, Steven. "Berries proving fruitful for area wineries" in The Press of Atlantic City (archived website) (8 October 2007). Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  12. ^ New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "New Jersey ABC list of wineries, breweries, and distilleries" (5 February 2013). Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  13. ^ New Jersey General Assembly. "N.J.S.A. 33:1-10". Statutes of New Jersey. New Jersey.
  14. ^ Garden State Wine Growers Association. "GSWGA Wineries." Archived June 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  15. ^ Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association. "Outer Coastal Plain Wineries." Archived 2013-03-15 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  16. ^ Balic Winery. "Balic's Locations: Contact Us & Directions" Archived 2012-04-28 at the Wayback Machine (commercial website). Retrieved 2 July 2013.

Coordinates: 39°27′49″N 74°47′17″W / 39.463632°N 74.788141°W / 39.463632; -74.788141

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