Auburn Road Vineyard: a Glimpse of Italy in South Jersey

April 12, 2019

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Are the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy calling your name? If the only thing stopping you from booking that flight are the zeros (yikes) behind that dollar sign and the time commitment, then we’ve got a winery for you to check out.

In the weeks leading up to the Down & Derby Wine Festival (happening Saturday May 2nd at Cooper River Park), we’ve been featuring several local wineries and vineyards throughout South Jersey. Auburn Road Vineyard in Pilesgrove, New Jersey—an enoteca, an Italian word for winery—is a scenic escape from your normal routine. Get that peek into Italy without committing to a full on international trip!

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Auburn Road’s co-owner and winemaker, Julianna Donnini, started her winemaking journey with a corporate background. Studying law at Villanova and practicing in Philadelphia for nearly a decade, Donnini shows that it’s never too late to go after your passions.

Julianna uses an “old world style” technique to cultivate her wines, which has paid off from the numerous awards their wines have won. In the 2018 NJ Wine Competition from the Beverage Testing Institute, Auburn Road won silver for their Give Peach a Chance Peach Wine and gold for their Chambourcin.

The 23-acres that make up the Auburn Road Vineyard and Woodfield Vineyard have distinct soil compositions that grow grapes specific to popular wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, and Pinot Grigio.

The Enoteca has a very European feel to it, making for a relaxing spot to taste and pair wines with cheeses and dinner. Auburn Road has Ravello Woodfire Pizza on site to fire up fresh pizza every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as a 5-course dinner special every Friday night.

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On top of the wine tastings and tasty food selections, Auburn Road offers live musical performances every Friday night at their Vineyard Stage. Did we mention, they also offer chocolate pairings with their wine tastings?

Get a little taste of Italy at the Enoteca at Auburn Road Vineyard in Pilesgrove, New Jersey to get ready for the Down & Derby Wine Festival!