The Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA) picks two New Jersey wine lovers each year and sends them on an all-expense paid wine excursion. Last year they sent two wine lovers from Cherry Hill to the Willamette Valley in Oregon where they enjoyed a local winery during the day and spent their nights at a beautiful resort with its own vineyard. Previous winners have been sent on wine excursions in countries like Spain, Austria, Hungary, and Portugal.
Wondering how you can be next? Visit the nearest winery in New Jersey and ask for a Wine Country Passport. The good news is no matter where you are in the state, you’re only ever 45 minutes away from a winery! The passport program was created by GSWGA to encourage state residents to visit the 46 wineries on the New Jersey Wine Trail. As you visit each, you get a stamp in your passport. Once your passport is filled, and you have three years to do so once you register online, you can enter the completed passport drawing.
Beyond the chance to win a fun trip, the passport serves as a pocket guide to each of the state’s wineries. Location, business hours, website, and a short history of each winery are all included. If you prefer to go high tech, you can download the Garden State Wine Growers Association Wine Trails Passport app and use it to check in to wineries when you visit. For more info, visit here.