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Laurita Winery

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First vines planted  1998
Phone  +1 609-752-0200
Opened to the public  2008
Location  85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates  40.066632 N, 74.503652 W
Appellation  Outer Coastal Plain AVA
Key people  Randy Johnson, Ray Shea (owners) Nicolaas Opdam (winemaker)
Address  85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ 08533, USA
Hours  Closed today MondayClosedTuesdayClosedWednesdayClosedThursday3–9PMFriday3–9PMSaturday12–9PMSunday12–6PM

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Laurita Winery is a winery in the New Egypt section of Plumsted Township in Ocean County, New Jersey. Formerly a dairy farm, the vineyard was first planted in 1998, and opened to the public in 2008. Laurita is one of the larger winegrowers in New Jersey, having 44 acres of grapes under cultivation, and producing 14,000 cases of wine per year. The winery’s name is an amalgamation of the names of the owners' mothers, Laura and Rita.

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Wines

Laurita Winery is located in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA, and produces wine from Albariño, Blaufränkisch (Lemberger), Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Norton (Cynthiana), Pinot gris, and Zweigelt grapes. Laurita also makes a fruit wine from strawberries and milk, and a dessert wine using milk, chocolate, and Chambourcin grapes. It is the only winery in New Jersey that produces dairy-based wines.

Features, licensing, and associations

Since 2002, Laurita has operated a 10-suite bed and breakfast in an 1835 farmhouse. The winery also has a bistro that sells cheeses, salads, and sandwiches, and an equestrian center that offers horseback riding and therapeutic riding. Laurita has a plenary winery license from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which allows it to produce an unrestricted amount of wine, operate up to 15 off-premises sales rooms, and ship up to 12 cases per year to consumers in-state or out-of-state. The winery is a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and the Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association.

Controversy, advocacy, and publicity

Laurita has had conflicts with state authorities regarding the installation of solar panels, and the hosting of weddings at the winery. In 2012, the New Jersey Agriculture Development Committee stated that because the winery is on preserved farmland, it could not install solar panels or hold non-agricultural events. The winery has advocated changing state law to allow more events to be held by preserved farms. In March 2011, travel guide Burt Wolf visited Laurita as part of a New Jersey Network (NJN) fundraiser.

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Laurita Winery Wikipedia


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