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“New winery with hopeful future potential” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Willow Creek Winery

Willow Creek Winery
Ranked #5 of 59 things to do in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Stunning Fifty Acre winery and farm. Open every day at 11am. Fire pit Friday with live music 6-930pm, Events daily, Full Tapas menu, reservations suggestedWine tastings, tours o n the eco cart , educational seminars. Events at the winery. Gorgeous gardens Located on Cape May island just a short bike ride walk, or drive from all attractions
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“New winery with hopeful future potential”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Visted Willow Creek on Saturday for a tasting. The tasting room can be found in back of the vineyard at the end of a curving dirt road. The building is very large (and very empty) with the tasting bar at the back. The server was a very nice, but she was a bit overwhelmed and had a difficult time handling the other two groups and my husband and myself (8 people total). Alot of workers were in and out - but it looked like they were getting ready to service a group going on a tour so there was no one to help her. We had our choice of 4 wines for $5 or $10 to taste all the wines. They gave us very small glasses for the tasting, but the pours were generous. Although our server was extremely nice and personable, she did not know much about the wines or the varietals and there were no descriptions on the tasting menu. None of the white wines were chilled and I was surpised to hear they opened Dec 15th - as they seemed too disorganized to have been opened every day for 3 months.
The wines were very young, and I felt a bit overpriced as there was nothing notable offered.
The "sangria" was more like a fruit punch or wine cooler and when asked - no one could tell us what was in it.
We did not take the tour - I guess if you are more interested in the process and are looking for something to do - that is the way to go.

Visited March 2013
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Englewood, New Jersey
1 review
“Winery with great potential!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We went during the off-season and it was great to have plenty of room and attention from our excellent tour guide, Brian. He walked us through the three sip system and explained our wines like an expert. The winery opened within the past year or so but the first grapes were put in several years ago, I believe. The wine tasted great. They try various techniques with barrels and blends to try to hone in the best wine instead of just making was is easy. They have a huge indoor space with couches and piano there which would be great for just hanging out or even having an event. The people are nice and it was only $5 for 4 wines and $10 for the full rack (about 12 wines). Thanks for the great experience, Brian!

Visited February 2013
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Cape May, New Jersey
1 review
“Entertaining, informative tasting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

I went with a group and did a tasting here. It was great. Kevin, our tour guide, was entertaining, informative, and passionate about the wines. The three sip system he taught has changed the way I will drink wine in the future. And the homemade Sangria was awesome. I will definitely go back again!

Visited February 2013
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Shamong, New Jersey
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132 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A lot of future potential!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

A group of nine of us went to Willow Creek on a cold day in January. We had all anxiously been awaiting it's opening, which was earlier in the month. Willow Creek is a beautiful property on the order of a California Vineyard with a stunning post and beam building housing its tasting room. The building is huge and undoubtably will be a good venue for weddings and other events. It can probably hold more than 400 people. The staff was very friendly. Unfortunately they were not set up for a Saturday tasting crowd. The huge space was populated by a handful of ratty old sofas where we sat while tasting. They tried their best, but they should have been better prepared and had some round pub tables and chairs to handle the large crowd.
The cost was $10.00 for tasting 10 wines and you could keep the wine glass. They had a selection of 3 different glasses, but they were all too small for a proper tasting experience....hard to enjoy the wine's bouquet from such a small opening. The wines, unfortunately, were barely drinkable except for a couple of the whites and a very nice Sangria.
I have a feeling that the Willow Creek Winery and their wines will ail continue to improve as the years go by, but for now I would wait until at least late Spring to do the tasting so they can get their act together. As for the wines....only time will tell.

Visited January 2013
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Wildwood Crest
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Willow Creek Winery is simply amazing. It is so nice to see local businesses helping each other. They grow and make their own wine, and sell honey and jams from Rea's farm next door. They promote local bed and breakfasts, restaurants, bars, and historic attractions. The staff is friendly and knowledgable about the vine to bottle process. The wine is delicious, and such a unique selection. The grounds are beautiful, and building is breathtaking with the architecture and crystal chandeliers. I'm excited for all of the festivals and events this winery has planned in the quaint town of West Cape May. It is a must see!!!

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