The word tour, derived from the Latin for "circle," describes the shape tour groups create as they surround and attack their "guide," which is French for "fact pinata." Obtain candied information by any means necessary with today's Groupon: for $16, you get a winery tour and wine in souvenir glasses for two at Bellview Winery in Landisville (a $32 value). Guests can reserve tours on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. or Sundays at 2 p.m.
Bellview Winery invites guests to lark through luscious lanes and lap fermented fruits during a tour of its 30-acre vineyard. Its grid of vines fosters a diverse viticulture of red, white and blush varieties. Guests can gargle glasses made from chambourcin or chardonnay vines or stare deeply into the potent punch of the winemaking process. Season-specific sips are also available, such as a dandelion wine that provides the perfect complement to lavish dandelion floral bouquets. Each vineyard visitor gets a souvenir glass filled with vino and a future full of opportunities to flex fledgling wine expertise.
Perched in the heart of southern New Jersey, Bellview roots its vines in soil tilled by the Quarella family since 1914. Its 2009 harvest weighed in at more than 100 tons, enough grapes to anchor Paul Bunyan's giant blanket on even the windiest of vineyard picnics. Luxurious grounds also feature a bocce court, outdoor picnic facilities, and free WiFi.
Though Bellview Winery was only established in 2000, its history is almost a century long. After immigrating from Italy, Angelo Quarella purchased the original 20-acre plot in 1914. Angelo named the farm Bellview, and worked its soil over the decades, all the while maintaining his own cellar of homemade wines. Jim Quarella, Angelo's great-grandson, would see the family farm expand to more than 150 acres, 40 of which are populated by swelling grapevines. The winery building still contains Angelo's original cellar.
Even after 100 years, the land is still good to the Quarellas. Its fruits go into each of the winery's 30 varietals, encompassing dry, semisweet, and fruit concoctions. Fistfuls of freshly plucked dandelions go into a family-recipe dandelion wine, the flower's wish-granting ability distilled down into a potent vintage. Bellview Winery offers something for everyone in a friendly and accessible environment. At the pastoral tasting room, visitors lounge under the shade in picnic seating, sipping at filled glasses and endlessly chomping the ends off cigars from the humidor before stopping at the gift shop.