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Renault Winery, Egg Harbor City

Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
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3/5 based on 240 reviews on the web
Renault Winery is a winery located in Egg Harbor City and Galloway Township in Atlantic County, New Jersey. It is the oldest active winery in the state in New Jersey. Renault is one of the larger winegrowers in New Jersey, having 48 acres of grapes under cultivation, and producing 20,000 cases of wine per year. The winery is named after its founder.HistoryThe vineyard was first planted in 1864 by Louis Nicolas Renault, a French immigrant from Mareuil-sur-Ay who brought the original vinifera grapes from France. Renault opened to the public in 1870, and for many years was the largest producer of champagne in the United States. Renault survived the Prohibition era by obtaining licenses to produce sacramental wine as well as various medicinal wines, including "Renault Wine Tonic" which was sold by pharmacists across the United States. Mildred Norman, decades before her treks across the continent as Peace Pilgrim, worked in the winery as a secretary.After World War II, Atlantic City political boss and racketeer Enoch "Nucky" Johnson was employed by Renault. While the winery once cultivated 600 acres of grapes, and sold 500,000 cases of wine per year, production has decreased substantially in recent decades. The winery has instead developed into a resort, opening a restaurant in 1983, a hotel and second restaurant in 2000, and a golf course in 2004.
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  • Historic winery in NJ, one of the first. Great tour in historic rooms and you learn about this history. The wines are excellent. 
  • Our guide was very informative and entertaining. Lots of history at this old place. Wine tasting was better than expected. In addition to featured wines they opened other wines we asked about for indi...  read more »
  • We enjoyed this year's Grapestomping Event. My daughter got to stomp the grapes. Make sure you sign up as soon as you get there to reserve a timeslot. There were a few crafters and a food stand there....  read more »
  • Stayed at the Tuscan House the night before a friends wedding. Hotel is beautiful. Very clean and decorated nicely. We went to Joseph's Restaurant for dinner. Truly one of the best dinners ever. There were six of us and each ordered something different and it was awesome. Desserts were homemade and delicious. Can't wait to return, we will be back in the fall. This hotel/restaurant are hidden gems.
  • Great romantic getaway, on site restaurant was very good especially the rack of lamb
  • What a cool winery with an awesome history.... 2nd oldest winery in the country. Mark our wine tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining The Noah and blueberry champagne were delicious !!!
  • Friendly staff and the scenery is pretty.
  • We went on the wine tour and tasting. The tour was shorter than I expected and did not include the actual vineyard, just the building and equipment. The tasting includes 5 wines but our guide was quite gracious and allowed us to taste a couple of wines that were not offered during the tasting. We bought a case of wine and the gentleman in the shop carried it to the car for us. We had lunch in the restaurant and were told that we could not enjoy one of the bottles that we had just purchased, but we could buy a bottle from the bar.
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