We went to the winery for an overnight quick getaway, with friends. We booked the one-night gourmet restaurant package. Upon arrival, the winery has a quaint cute appeal. The grounds are pretty and well kept. Very scenic and pretty. It looked similar to a grand Mexican hacienda in cabo. Check in was simple, and we were there just in time to catch the last winery tour and tasting for the evening. If I knew when I was driving at top speed to catch this last tour what it entailed I would have slowed down. The tour is short and nothing I’ve ever experienced before, having been to another winery. Their bottling operation is very, very, very small. It’s interesting to see the old gigantic oak barrels but that was the highlight. When you enter the dimly lit dark tasting room that wreaks of a dirty wet bar rag odor, you gather around this rather large bar and you are given one glass to taste all of your wines which you have to rinse out between wines. (I found that to be rather disturbing and tacky). They give you a list of over thirty wines, but only let you taste six wines of their choosing. If you interesting in anything special they tell you, you can purchase a bottle. To their credit the make a very tasty zinfandel, but stay away from the blueberry wine and blueberry champagne. We left the tour to change for dinner at the “gourmet” restaurant, I could have stayed in my travel clothes, and needless to say we were over-dresses. There was nothing gourmet about the gourmet restaurant. We expected a gourmet experience and received cheap mass produced wedding reception type food. The only decent thing on the menu was the filet mignon. The extra lobster tail was tough and rubbery. We were very disappointed. So after the disappointing dinner we thought we would go to the main bar for some good drinks and some music…..wrong idea. It was just a wedding party sitting around a bar of the café restaurant watching a sporting event. There is nothing to do at this place. We should have made plans to go over to Atlantic City. The room we had was nicely decorated and clean, didn’t like the motel style bathroom set-up, but overall it was clean and nicely decorated but could use some updating. This is a day trip visit, not a weekend getaway. We were there less than 24 hours but glad we weren’t there longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nearly a century and a half old, Renault Winery is a recognized New Jersey State Historical site and one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the United States. Like a fine varietal, the winery has continued to grow, develop and improve with age. Today, Joseph Milza, a former newspaper owner and publisher, owns and operates the winery and vineyards with his family. Under his direction, the winery has thrived and become one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Jersey and a favorite of local residents.~Renault Winery ~ Tuscany House Hotel ~ Joseph's Restaurant ~ Vineyard Golf Course ~ Renault Gourmet Restaurant ~ Wedding ~ Banquets ~ Corporate Meetings ~ Award Winning Wines ~ Gift Shop ~ Tours & Tasting~ ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tuscany House At The Renault Winery Hotel Egg Harbor City
- Renault Winery