Tony Valenzano, Sr. was a wine making hobbyist, planting vines and growing grapes since the early 1990s on our seven acre farm at 340 Forked Neck Road in Shamong -- right in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. That hobby has grown into one of the Garden State’s most prominent wineries. Family and friends began to enjoy Tony Valenzano Sr.’s creations and, in 1996, Valenzano Winery becam... Read more
Tony Valenzano, Sr. was a wine making hobbyist, planting vines and growing grapes since the early 1990s on our seven acre farm at 340 Forked Neck Road in Shamong -- right in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. That hobby has grown into one of the Garden State’s most prominent wineries. Family and friends began to enjoy Tony Valenzano Sr.’s creations and, in 1996, Valenzano Winery became a licensed winery. The initial year, less than 500 gallons of wines were produced at the initial Shamong location, and a few accounts were opened with local fine wine stores. Since then, we’ve expanded from one to three locations: the original Forked Necked Road location, another at 1320 Old Indian Mills Road, and the recently completed new production facility on our farm at 1090 Route 206 in Shamong. This new, state-of-the-art facility gives Valenzano Winery the ability to increase production to almost 30,000 gallons and 150,000 bottles per year, while utilizing the most advanced methods of oenology and viticulture. A new barrel aging system will allow production of some of the most flavorful and fulfilling dry reds and unique white wines available on the market today. There is no room for error, and this is why we have invested in the most scientific and state-of-the-art agricultural methods. The end result is visible in our selection of award winning wines. These handmade wines will continue to be offered at very reasonable prices while most of our premium reserves should go down in price as our production and vineyard sizes increase. Sold direct from our farm and from local retailers, we would match any of our wines against any wines produced in California or Europe in the same price range. Valenzano Winery is unique. Focus on the production of wines that wine critics and wine judges will enjoy is not our goal. We recognize that everyone has different tastes and individual preferences require a broader selection of wines. We produce both Merlot and Chardonnay, along with a selection of vitis-labrusca varietals and hybrids that are unique and specific to the southern New Jersey microclimate. For the past decade, we’ve also been working with dozens of different varietals in accordance with our soil, climate and growing season. By specializing in specific grapes, we’ve fine-tuned our production and have won numerous awards, attesting to our wine’s quality. Cynthiana, also known as ‘Norton,’ the only North American varietal which can produce a big, bold, old-world style table wine, has garnered us the coveted Governor’s Cup two years in a row -- a first in the Governor’s Cup competition! Other Valenzano Winery produced varietals are Chambourcin (our signature red wine), Cabernet Franc, Vidal Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Just developing an interest in wine or prefer a wine not overly dry or tannic? Shamong Red, one of our most popular wines, is perfect choice. Made from locally grown concord grapes, Shamong Red, unlike traditional wines, is semi-sweet, fruity, light, easy to drink, very versatile, and available in wine stores throughout New Jersey. If you like cranberries, you’ll love ‘Making Holiday Traditions' Valenzano Cranberry Wine. What started off as an experiment has turned into in a decade of a 'must have' for the locals during Thanksgiving, or any holiday meal or get-together. Valenzano Winery utilizes the wetlands, and the natural acidity and PH of the soil, which are home to one of the largest cranberry production areas in the world – the New Jersey Pine Barrens. “Making Holiday Traditions’ Valenzano Cranberry Wine, considered a true fruit wine, tastes surprisingly refreshing – not sweet, not dry – but very easy to drink and appealing to traditional wine drinkers, making it a well-rounded wine that can be enjoyed with light meats, a variety of cheeses, antipasto and salads, and is the perfect complement to a stuffed turkey dinner. Our passion for this wine has enabled us to expand our production and offer it for nationwide distribution. Available at most south Jersey fine wine stores, Valenzano wines are now being sold in northern New Jersey as well, and Valenzano Winery grapevines can be found not only at our three Shamong locations, but at over a dozen local farms throughout south Jersey including Atco, Vineland, Hammonton, Tabernacle and Mullica Hill. As we continue to expand our vineyards and production, we actively seek other New Jersey farms that may want to become grape growers for Valenzano wines. Our goal is to inform the public about the New Jersey wine industry, and allow customers to taste for themselves how New Jersey wineries can produce award-winning wines from the fruitful vineyards of the Garden State. Visit Valenzano Winery for a complimentary wine tasting, relaxed atmosphere and good conversation. You’re sure to find a bottle of wine that you’ll truly enjoy. We guarantee it. Read less
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Food Pairings for Valenzano Cranberry White Cranberry
A semi-sweet white wine made from New Jersey grown, early harvest, white cranberries. A touch sweeter than the red cranberry and a hint less tart.
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