Wine Lovers Weekend

Ernest Hemingway once called wine “one of the most civilized things in the world,” saying it offered “a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” If you share Hemingway’s appreciation for wine, the greater Atlantic City area offers exciting ways to indulge that passion. Discover new favorites from a few of the amazing wine growers of the Garden State. Join us for a weekend, and let these wines work their magic.

Start your morning on a delicious note at Formica Brothers Bakery Café, located at 2310 Arctic Avenue. An Atlantic City tradition since 1919, Formica Brothers’ legendary baked goods are hand crafted from fresh dough, using recipes and techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation. Order up a hot coffee drink, and choose from gourmet muffins, Sfogliatelle (Italian layered pastries with sweet fillings), chocolate croissants, or seven indulgent flavors of biscotti for a fast and fresh breakfast before you hit the road.

Next, take a 35 minute drive to the 57.2-acre Chateau Balic Winery, located at 6623 Harding Highway (Route 40) in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Balic Winery produces 30 different kinds of wine including Alexander the Great, a red wine described by European-born owner Bojan Boskovic as “rich in tannins, very in-depth and rich in the body.” Made primarily with Vranac grapes, the wine is comparable to cabernet sauvignon. Balic Winery offers free wine tastings and tours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Less than 11 miles to the northwest is Bellview Winery, located at 150 Atlantic Street in Landisville, New Jersey. Bellview features an impressive list of 28 wines, including the Jersey Devil White, a legendary off-dry blend with aromas of melons, kiwi, apple and citrus. Taste the wines, take a tour, and talk with the owner and wine-maker, Jim Quarella. Browse the gift shop for an array of wine-related gift items and beautiful gift baskets. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the winery’s shaded picnic area, or be tempted by something from Bellview’s light fare menu. Tasting room hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bellview offers eight tastes for $5.
Compare your notes on the day’s wines over a romantic dinner at Angeloni's II, located at 2400 Arctic Avenue in Atlantic City. This family-owned and operated restaurant has been honored by The Wine Spectator Magazine for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world. The menu is brimming with Italian-American dishes like veal saltimbocca, eggplant rollatini and homemade gnocchi.
Sundays were made for sleeping in and an indulgent brunch. You can do both right here. Join the celebrated Sunday Brunch at Renault Winery Resort and Golf, located at 72 North Bremen Avenue in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. Renault’s award-winning country brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers you a choice of main entrée, chef-attended hot carving and hot pasta stations, salads, fruits, cheeses, meats, baked goods and desserts. Don’t miss the Blueberry Champagne punch or Renault Sangria.
Continue your Renault Winery experience with a 40-minute wine tour that includes a tasting. There is a $2 charge for the tour and a $3 stem charge for the wine tasting, which you will receive in a souvenir Renault Winery etched stem glass. Renault carefully creates its wines with grapes grown on their 40 acre vineyard. Love to golf? Book a tee time on the 7,200 yard championship Vineyard Golf Course, which meanders through the vineyards and South Jersey pinelands.
SUNDAY EVENING It’s been a wonderful weekend of wine exploration. But don’t head home just yet. Stop by The Shoppes of Historic Smithville and the Village Greene. Located just 20 minutes outside of Atlantic City on Route 9 in Smithville, the village is a charming place to stroll and shop more than 60 stores including Tomasello Winery & Gifts. Historic Smithville also offers many wonderful places to dine before hitting the road for home. Choose from the casual Fred and Ethel’s Lamplight Tavern to the fine dining experience of the Smithville Inn, one of South Jersey’s premiere restaurants.