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Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

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Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
Location600 South Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande, NJ, USA
Coordinates39.010001 N, 74.890554 W
AppellationOuter Coastal Plain AVA
First vines planted1997
Opened to the public2009
Key peopleTodd & Kenna Wuerker (owners)
Lalo Serra (viticulturalist)[1][2]
Acres cultivated16
Other attractionsTourist train, picnicking permitted, pet-friendly
DistributionOn-site, wine festivals, NJ liquor stores, NJ restaurants, home shipment in NJ, PA, and FL
TastingTastings daily, tours on Saturday
(daily in summer)

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery is a winery in Rio Grande section of Lower Township in Cape May County, New Jersey.[3][4] A family dairy and produce farm since 1940, the vineyard was first planted in 1997, beginning with Cabernet Sauvignon.[1][3] The winery opened their doors to the public in 2009 with their first vintage in 2007, which consisted of the American Kestrel White (an unoaked Chardonnay), Red Table Wine, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Hawk Haven has 16 acres of grapes under cultivation, and produces 5,000 cases of wine per year.[5][6] The winery is named for the large number of hawks that migrate to the farm every year. They currently have sixteen different varietals and all of the grapes are harvested, pressed, fermented, aged, blended, and bottled on site.[6]


Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery is located in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA, and produces wine from Albariño, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot gris, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo, Vidal blanc, Viognier, and Zinfandel grapes.[6][7] The vineyard serves as a winegrowing test site for Rutgers University to study whether Lagrein and Teroldego grapes can be grown in the climate of New Jersey.[8][9] Hawk Haven is the only New Jersey winery that uses Lagrein and Teroldego, which are red vinifera grapes indigenous to the Trentino-South Tyrol region of Italy.[10][11]

Hawk Haven permits customers to picnic and bring pets.
Hawk Haven permits customers to picnic and bring pets.

Awards and Associations

Hawk Haven wines have won numerous awards for many of their different varieties. The most notable awarded to the Cabernet Franc was the Governor's Cup as well as a gold medal at the 2016 NJ Wine Competition. The winery is a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and the Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association.[12][13]

See also


  1. ^ a b DeVito, Carlo. "Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery" on East Coast Wineries (blog) (22 June 2010). Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery. "Pruning Vines for Future Wines" (commercial website) (1 March 2011). Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b DeAngelis, Martin. "Dine among the vineyards on local fare at Hawk Haven" in The Press of Atlantic City (18 May 2011). Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. ^ Westrich, Sal. New Jersey Wine: A Remarkable History. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012). ISBN 9781609491833.
  5. ^ Fichter, Jack. "Local Wineries Get New Lease on Life" in The Cape May County Herald (21 January 2012). Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Toms, Charlie. "Hawk Haven Vineyard Review" in American Winery Guide (7 September 2013). Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  7. ^ Jackson, Bart. Garden State Wineries Guide. (South San Francisco, CA: Wine Appreciation Guild, 2011). ISBN 9781934259573.
  8. ^ Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery. "The Rutgers Research Project at Hawk Haven" (commercial website) (23 July 2013). Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  9. ^ Stefanini, Marco, et al. "Successful Wine Grape Varieties of the Trentino-Alto Adige and Their Potential for New Jersey" (presentation) at The Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association Symposium. Snyder Research Farm, Pittstown, NJ. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  10. ^ Asimov, Eric. "Unfamiliar, but Worth Getting to Know" in The New York Times (28 March 2011). Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  11. ^ McIntyre, Dave. "Corvina, Teroldego, Lagrein are ripe for adventure" in The Washington Post (24 July 2012). Retrieved 9 September 2013. A review of the wines made by New Jersey's 46 wineries found no other establishment using Lagrein or Teroldego grapes.
  12. ^ Garden State Wine Growers Association. "GSWGA Wineries." Archived 2013-06-21 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  13. ^ Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association. "Outer Coastal Plain Wineries." Retrieved 3 May 2013.
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