No bare-footed workers merrily crushing grapes in a huge wooden container here! No, this operation was sleek, modern, and highly efficient.
A small forklift hoists a container of grapes over the crushing machine where a worker helps direct the fruit into the hopper. Here, the stems are removed and discarded in one direction; the freshly squeezed juice gushes through a hose and into waiting barrels in another direction. Then the “magic” begins as winemaker, Darren Hesington, guides the transformation of that grape juice into a fine wine over the coming months.
“This wine,” he informs us, “will be ready about next September.”
A trip to Cape May County vineyards can be a fascinating part of your Jersey Shore vacation (even if you miss the harvest) and we will be happy to supply Scarborough Inn B&B guests with directions and a map of our local Wine Trail.
Innsider Tip: Plan your visit to the Cape May Winery for late afternoon and enjoy a glass of wine on their expansive deck, or attractive new patio, overlooking the vineyard as dusk falls and raptors ride the thermals overhead.