Cream Ridge, NJ  – The Garden State Wine Growers Association’s annual “Mother’s Day Wine Trail” will return on Saturday and Sunday May 7-8 from noon to 5 pm at participating wineries throughout the state.  Each winery participating will pay tribute to the special women in our lives through special wine tastings and food pairings, live music, fresh flowers and other special treats.

With over 50 wineries now open in the state, there will plenty of opportunities to take that special woman in your life out for an event-filled weekend at one of our wineries located from Sussex County all the way to the tip of Cape May.

Winery events include free tastings for moms at Terhune Orchards and Winery in Princeton and a complimentary treat for moms at the state’s newest winery, Iron Plow Vineyards in Columbus, where wine tastings will be accompanied with sweet treats by local chocolatier, The Farmer's Daughter.  Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere will offer a Mother’s Day Italian Feast and Tomasello Winery in Hammonton has scheduled a Mother’s Day brunch. 4JGs in Colts Neck has planned a Mother's Day Made in Monmouth Event on May 7 from 1 to 3 pm where they will showcase Monmouth County businesses so that special lady can sip wine and enjoy a little shopping with local vendors. Hopewell Valley Winery in Pennington will also have vendors on-site for moms to pick out a present while doing a wine tasting and will host a Mother’s Day brunch as well.

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At Working Dog Winery in East Windsor, guests will enjoy award winning, estate bottled wine while listening to the music of Vic Della Pello.  A tasty continental breakfast and other assorted treats can be enjoyed there with your mother, family, and friends from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM.  The Oink and Moo food truck will also be on-site from 12-5 offering a variety of delicious BBQ.  Le Qualite chocolates, specialty platters and sangria will all be available for the entire weekend at Bellview Winery in Landisville. And, at Old York Cellars in Ringoes, guests will receive an exclusive, guided tasting including 8 pre-selected wines, artisan chocolates, made by Laurie’s Chocolates, and a souvenir glass, plus an extra chocolate treat for mom. And, for those ladies that love baseball, the Garden State Wine Growers Association is also sponsoring a wine glass giveaway on Mother’s Day at the Trenton Thunder game.

The Garden State Wine Growers Association’s Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend is one of four annual trail weekends that is funded through grants from the NJ Department of Tourism and the NJ Department of Agriculture which affords guests a terrific opportunity to visit multiple wineries over the course of a day or the entire weekend. The Association produces a passport program, which allows for visitors to collect stamps at each NJ winery. When all winery stamps are collected, the passport can be mailed back to the association and is then entered into a drawing for an annual renowned wine trip giveaway! The trip prize this year is a trip to Willamette Valley in Oregon and will be awarded on the Sunday of the Wine & BBQ Festival on May 28th at Schooley’s Mountain Park in Long Valley, NJ. The Association also has a mobile app version of the passport available.

From only a dozen wineries open in 2000 to the 50 open today, the New Jersey wine industry is growing across the state with many more wineries due to open in the next couple of years. For a full list of participating wineries and details of the special offerings at each location, visit www.newjerseywines.com