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|Cream Ridge Winery|
|Location||145 County Road 539, Cream Ridge, New Jersey, USA|
|Coordinates||40.151044 N, 74.548780 W|
|First vines planted||1987|
|Opened to the public||1988|
|Key people||Tom & Joan Amabile (owners)|
|Known for||Cherry wine|
|Distribution||On-site, wine festivals, NJ farmers' markets, NJ restaurants, home shipment|
Cream Ridge Winery is a winery in the Cream Ridge section of Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The vineyard was first planted in 1987, and opened to the public in 1988. Cream Ridge has 14 acres of grapes under cultivation, and produces 5,000 cases of wine per year. The winery is named for the community where it is located.
Cream Ridge Winery produces wine from Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Durif (Petite Sirah), Fredonia, Merlot, Muscat blanc, Niagara, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Vidal blanc, and Zinfandel grapes. Cream Ridge also makes fruit wines from almonds, apricots, blackberries, black currants, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, kiwifruit, limes, mangoes, pineapples, and raspberries, and dessert wines using chocolate and espresso. It is the only winery in New Jersey to produce wine from apricots, and is the only New Jersey winery to make coffee-based wines. Cream Ridge is best known for its signature cherry wine. The winery is not located in one of New Jersey's three viticultural areas.
Cream Ridge 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. The winery is a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.
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