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Turdo Vineyards & Winery

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Turdo Vineyards & Winery
Location3911 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, NJ, USA
Coordinates38.969756 N, 74.940819 W
AppellationOuter Coastal Plain AVA
Other labelsTuris, DiLuca
First vines planted1999
Opened to the public2004
Key peopleSal & Sara Turdo,
Luca Turdo (owners)[1]
Acres cultivated5
Cases/yr1,100 (2013)
Known forNero d'Avola wines
Other attractionsPet-friendly
DistributionOn-site, NJ liquor stores, NJ restaurants, home shipment
TastingDaily tastings in summer
Fri. and Sat. in May and Sept.
Closed remainder of year

Turdo Vineyard & Winery (/tʊərˈd/ toor-DOH)[2] is a winery in the North Cape May section of Lower Township in Cape May County, New Jersey.[3][4] The vineyard was first planted in 1999, and opened to the public in 2004.[1][5] Turdo has 5 acres of grapes under cultivation, and produces 1,100 cases of wine per year.[6][7] The winery is named after the family that owns it.[3]


Turdo Vineyards is in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA, and specializes in the use of Italian grapes.[1][8] Wine is produced from Albariño, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Nero d'Avola, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, and Syrah grapes.[9][10] Turdo is best known for its signature Nero d'Avola wine, and is one of only two wineries in the United States that uses Nero d'Avola, which is a highly aromatic red vinifera grape indigenous to Sicily.[11][12] Turdo sells its wine under the brands "Turis" and "DiLuca," which are named after the owner of the winery and his son.[5]

Turdo Vineyards & Winery is entirely powered by solar panels on top of the family's house.
Turdo Vineyards & Winery is entirely powered by solar panels on top of the family's house.

Features, licensing, associations, and publicity

The entire winery facility is powered using solar energy.[13][14] Turdo has a farm winery license from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which allows it to produce up to 50,000 gallons of wine per year, operate up to 15 off-premises sales rooms, and ship up to 12 cases per year to consumers in-state or out-of-state.[15][16] The winery is not a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association, but is a member of the Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association.[17][18] In April 2009, Turdo was profiled by stand-up comedian Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.[2][5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Gioquindo, Debbie. "Hudson Valley Wine Goddess in New Jersey?" on Hudson Valley Wine Goddess (blog) (16 September 2009). Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b Suthard, Tom. "You Roll the R" on NJ Wines Uncorked (archived website) (6 March 2011). Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Campbell, Eric Scott. "Cape May County's wineries blossom as a tourist destination" in The Press of Atlantic City (21 June 2010). Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  4. ^ Auteri, Stephanie. "Ultimate NJ wine tour" in Inside Jersey (published by The Star-Ledger) (12 August 2010). Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Toms, Charlie. "Turdo Vineyards Review" in American Winery Guide (28 September 2013). Retrieved 11 October 2013. Turis is the possessive of "Turi" (no apostrophe), which is a nickname for "Salvatore," the owner of the winery. DiLuca is the possessive in Italian for "Luca", who is the winery owner's son.
  6. ^ Morley, Hugh R. "No summer breeze - Running Jersey Shore business offers daily trials, triumphs" in The Bergen Record (5 August 2007). Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  7. ^ Malloy, Chris. "Old World Wines, New Jersey" in Edible Jersey (Fall 2013). Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  8. ^ Jackson, Bart. Garden State Wineries Guide. (South San Francisco, CA: Wine Appreciation Guild, 2011). ISBN 9781934259573.
  9. ^ Turdo Vineyards & Winery. "Turdo Vineyards & Winery: Our Wines" (commercial website). Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  10. ^ Vini DiLuca. "Vini DiLuca: Our Wines" (commercial website). Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  11. ^ Grant, Patricia Shyne. "New Jersey’s Cape May Wine Trail" in Wine Nomad (blog) (17 June 2013). Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  12. ^ Teague, Lettie. "An Italian Red Wine's Star Turn" in The Wall Street Journal (13 September 2013). Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  13. ^ Westrich, Sal. New Jersey Wine: A Remarkable History. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012). ISBN 9781609491833.
  14. ^ "Guide To South Jersey Wineries" on CBS News (7 July 2011). Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  15. ^ New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "New Jersey ABC list of wineries, breweries, and distilleries" (5 February 2013). Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  16. ^ New Jersey General Assembly. "N.J.S.A. 33:1-10". Statutes of New Jersey. New Jersey.
  17. ^ Garden State Wine Growers Association. "GSWGA Wineries." Archived 2013-06-21 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  18. ^ Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association. "Outer Coastal Plain Wineries." Retrieved 29 June 2013.
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