We keep getting calls from customers saying “I was told you aren’t selling tickets at the gate this year…”.
We have no clue where this is coming from but we will be selling tickets at the gate this year, just like every year in the past at WineFest.
Holiday Hours for the Tasting Room on Labor Day
Sept 4th 2017
Have a happy & safe holiday =)
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Join us for another season of spooks, kooks, and Halloween merriment. Witchy Weekends ’17 begins October 1st. Our crew is crazy about the Fall and every one of us loves Halloween – so last year we cooked up an idea to make the season a little more community oriented. We’re looking forward to sharing the tradition again with many of the same friendly, witchy faces from last year along with a host of new ones.
Witchy Weekends is a seasonal celebration hosted at the Valenzano Winery for two years now. Guests arriving in witchy gear will enjoy a 15% discount on their wine, food, and merchandise purchases for their seasonal cheer and participation. Individuals and small groups arriving to participate in the fun will be charged the standard tasting fee, with this being waived upon purchase. Because of the popularity of this observance and our dedication to organized and enjoyable visits to our winery, any group of 7+ persons is required to follow our large group policies. Any large party appearing without reservation or insisting on ‘splitting’ or refusing to cooperate with the terms will not be offered the discount and asked to wait till a suitable period for the bar/service to become available.
New Jersey has been called the “Napa Valley of the East Coast” and everyone was wondering why. The FunNewJersey.com team has a decent amount of time researching this, and has compiled the ultimate list of wineries in New Jersey. As it turns out, the beautiful Garden State is comprised of 3 major grape-growing areas and over 50 wineries and vineyards. And every one of them is completely unique!
The Definitive Guide to Wine Tasting in NJ outlines every winery in NJ and where to taste their unique wines. Valenzano Winery, located in Shamong, South Jersey, is a prime example of how incredibly unique every winery in NJ is! With some traditional wines like Cabernet Merlot and Chardonnay, they also have a variety of other wines that always please their many customers. They use a variety of fruits to make amazing wines, such as plums, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, and more!
Valenzano Winery sets a high standard for other vineyards in NJ. Read more on their wine tastings in the Guide to Wine Tasting, and see how other wineries in New Jersey compare to this one-of-a-kind Tuscan-inspired winery.
Friends, Family & Guests of the Valenzano Winery,
To the many patient callers, inquiries, and messages we’ve been receiving over the past few days – this weekend will showcase two of our Food Truck friends who will be offering their culinary expertise to satisfy your senses and hunger while our kitchen is closed.
While we are looking forward to a spectacular weekend with these great partners, this is NOT a festival. There are not ticket costs, there is not a live band, additional seating, nor is there additional wineries attending.
Large groups visiting will still be required to make reservation and group rates still apply.
We will be following our standard routine for the weekend, with food service shutting down at 3pm and the grounds closing at 4pm to allow for the evening’s wedding commencing.
Thank you for your patience, your understanding and as always, your continued support as we try to make every visit to the grounds and winery an experience to remember.
The 6th Independence Day Fireworks Festival will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017. Our goal is always to make this event more fun, more entertaining and more comfortable for our family and guests. If you are new to Valenzano Festivals, below is a list of policies that have been put in place to ensure the most amount of visitors have the best possible experience. We look forward to your visit!
UPDATE: IN ORDER TO MANAGER CUSTOMER’S QUESTIONS AND PHONE CALLS, WE ARE ASKING THAT PEOPLE DO NOT CALL THE WINERY AND ASK IF TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT.
UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT , THERE ARE NO TICKETS BEING SOLD AT THE GATE.
UPDATE: OUR NEIGHBORS AT V&V FARMS HAVE PARKING WHERE YOU CAN WATCH THE SHOW IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR OUR FESTIVAL. THEY WILL BE CHARGING $10.00.
UPDATE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE YOUR BARCODED TICKETS PRINTED – BUT IF YOU DO, THE LINE TO GET IN THE EVENT WILL BE MUCH MUCH QUICKER AND THE PEOPLE IN LINE BEHIND YOU WILL NOT GET MAD THAT YOU DID NOT READ THIS AND PRINT YOUR TICKETS.
UPDATE: PLEASE PRINT YOUR BARCODED TICKETS!!! IT WILL MAKE ACCESS TO THE EVENT MUCH FASTER FOR EVERYONE!!!
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! THERE ARE NO ADDITIONAL TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT. TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
- Ticket are SOLD OUT for this event. There will be no ticket sales at the gate.
- Printed paper tickets are required. When you made your online ticket purchase you would have been sent 2 emails to the email address you provided. The second email will have bar-code tickets that you will need to print. These must be scanned at the gate. If there is internet connectivity issues at the gate – we need paper backups so we can log your ticket manually. Please print your ticket!!!
- We have a lot of parking but it is limited. We do not charge for parking at our property. If our lot fills up – and it might- you may park at neighboring fields. These fields are not owned by us and will charge a small fee for parking.
- Getting to our festival site from the south end of Old Indian Mills Rd. is always the quicker route. Tuckerton road is the route most traveled.
- Busses and Limos – Pull down the main driveway (even if the lot is filled up).
- There are 2 entrances. One is by our main parking lot. This can only be accessed by customers parking in our main lot. The second entrance is just off of Old Indian Mills Rd and the sough end of our farm. Only visitors parking at our neighbor’s lots can access this entrance. No pedestrians will be permitted to walk down our main driveway. If you park north of our farm you must walk to the southern roadside entrance – not down the main driveway. If our driveway is not full use our main parking. Do not park on the side of the street. Parking on the street will cause an unnecessary long walk and will take you longer to get onto the property.
- There will be limited handicap parking. This parking lot will fill up. If it does, you can still drop off the handicap person by the main gate and then go park the car. After our main parking lot fills up the only parking will be neighboring fields. If you are visiting with someone in a walker or wheel chair please be sure to arrive before 6pm in order to ensure convenient parking.
- Even though our family and staff are very friends to dogs – pets are not permitted at this event due to past incidents.
- Your ticket is for entrance to the festival grounds, entertainment and an amazing fireworks display. Wine and food are not included in the ticket price. As always – if you have never tried Valenzano Wines – we invite you to visit our tasting room during regular business hours 7 days a week for a complimentary wine tasting. We will offer you a one-on-one tasting with a knowledgeable wine representative who will walk you through our selection of wines and help you find the perfect bottle to match your tastes. You may find this a more comfortable setting for wine tasting. Regular business hours are Monday-Friday 11-5, Saturday and Sunday 11-4. We encourage you to visit for a complimentary wine tasting.
- Outside alcohol is not permitted other than wines produced by Valenzano Winery. There will be plenty of wine to purchase at the festival but we also allow customers to bring in their own selection of Valenzano Wines if those wines are in sealed, original bottles. We will have a large tent with a full staff and multiple cash registers for wine purchases. Credit cards will be accepted at 2 registers; cash will be accepted at 4 registers. The cash line is always quicker.
- We are working on getting an ATM at the event but mobile ATMs do not always perform at large festivals. Most food vendors and crafters will only accept cash.
- Tents, and beach umbrellas are not permitted.
- Tables larger than 20″x20″ are not permitted.
- All visitors over 21 must have valid state driver’s license, passport or military ID. Over-21 guests will be given a designated wrist band indicating their age.
- NJ State Troopers will be patrolling the festival to ensure that only visitors with an over-21 wrist band are consuming wine. NJ State Police ensure us that there will be no tolerance for underage drinking.
- Bring a corkscrew!
- Bring a flashlight!
- Bring a lawn chair – lawn blankets are discouraged. We have no problem with lawn blankets if they are being used. Our customers do have a problem with unattended lawn blankets laid all over the property. Unattended lawn blankets will be collected and given to Goodwill.
- Keep hydrated. All of our vendors will be selling water and you can purchase bottled water for $1.00 at our wine sales tent.
- Keep an eye on your children. We have had several ‘lost kid’ incidents at festivals and it is never fun. Luckily our security has always done a great job and reuniting kids and parents but 2 years ago a lost child caused a 1-hour delay before we could start the fireworks display.
- Do not try smuggling beer or alcohol into this event. When you get caught you will be asked to leave. Our post-festival employee party will be stocked with all the confiscated alcohol we catch visitors trying to smuggle into the festival. You are welcome to try – but the people searching are the ones who plan on drinking later that evening. It’s not likely they are going to miss something – especially if it’s a good bourbon, Kettle One, or cold Jaegermister. One More Bar and Grill and Pic-A-Lilli play a big part in the organization and execution of this event. They will be open after the show so save your ‘non-wine drinking’ till then.
- Please drink responsibly. Valenzano Winery has been hosting festivals for 16 years and our crowds are always the best! Please continue this tradition of responsible beverage consumption. Our trained staff will do its best to ensure that there are no incidents, but that can only be done if our customers are drinking responsibly as well as looking after their friends and family.
- Designate a Driver! After the festival there will be a lot of traffic with a lot of pedestrians. Be sure no one under the influence has a chance to get behind the wheel. NJ State Police will be monitoring activity in the parking lot after the festival.
- We put a lot of effort into ensuring there is always a great selection of food trucks and food vendors at WineFest. Supporting these local food vendors is the best way to ensure they keep coming back.
- Please post pictures to #winefestnj . You may win a prize or possibly a VIP tent for next year’s event.
Our staff at Valenzano Family Winery puts an enormous amount of effort into planning our festivals. Our goal is always ‘to provide the best possible experience for the largest number of visitors’. We are not perfect; we will anticipate incorrectly or forget something that should have been obvious. We assure you that when these things become evident – we will recognize our mistakes and plan for it the following year. One thing we are very proud if is the fact that every event we do is better managed, more entertaining, and more comfortable than the previous year’s event. This is only possible because our amazing customers consistently give us the benefit of the doubt, and understand their best interest is our ultimate goal.
With that said – if something about the festival still drives you crazy to the point that you are compelled lay into us – please do so at [email protected] . I have this email set to forward all emails daily to my brother at 10:00pm, just before he goes to bed.
Due to the growing conditions of 2016 for the Ives grape – our current vintage of Shamong Red Reserve will be slightly lighter in color than the previous 3 vintages. Shamong Red Reserve is a blend of Ives and concord. The Ives grapes give the wine a distinct ‘cotton candy’ taste and smell and provided s a richer, jammier body and bouquet. The taste of our 2016 should remain consistent but you will notice a slight variate in color from last years. A very limited amount of this wine will be available so it will most likely be sold out from November ’17 – March ’18, with a new vintage being released in April 2018.
Please remember that grape growing conditions change every year so you best bet is to plan an annual visit the the winery where you can sample all of the wines that we have to offer before making a purchase. We are also offering winery tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays which end with a private wine tasting and pairing. This highly reviewed tour is a great reason to plan your next trip to the vineyards.
Valenzano Family Winery,
Congratulations from the Great American International Wine Competition! We are very happy to announce that you have received the following awards:
Thank you for participating in our inaugural Competition – the event was a tremendous success and we have you to thank for it! We had over 1,000 entries from 200+ wineries representing 12 countries and 26 US states!
Raise a Glass Foundation was founded to support worthy charities focused on adults and children throughout the world. Your submissions this year directly supported InterVol, a humanitarian group that recovers unused medical supplies and hospital equipment and ships them to countries in urgent need of assistance.
Thanks again to the visitors to the Foodie Festival who shifted to the second sangria option to give it a try…our Pink Potion is a nice way to welcome the morning after a late night with friends, family, and celebration as well as an ideal addition to a brunch menu.
3 Parts Shamong Blush
2 Parts Shamong White
1 Part Ginger Ale
*We mixed our two wines thoroughly, in the case of the weekend pitchers, we used 3 to 2 bottles respectively. Once they were well blended, we added our sliced fresh strawberries and about 4 cups of Ginger Ale to top it off. Two healthy helpings of ice and we were good to go!