Itinerary – Northeast Wine Trails
New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania

Regional Suggestions New York City | Cape May | Kennett Square | Harrisburg | Ithaca
Hershey | Finger Lakes Wine Region | Pennsylvania Wine Region


About this itinerary

Driving distance: 776 Miles
Recommended travelling time: 14 Nights
Recommended travel season: Spring or Summer
This self-drive itinerary will take you through the stunning countryside of the North East to explore the variety of wineries in the area, all offering excellent tours and tastings with a wide range of wines available throughout the region.


New York City, New York to Cape May, New Jersey

 

Start your winery travels at City Winery New York City in Soho. Delivering a culinary and cultural experience, the winery offers a combination of live music, food and wine, bringing wine country to the middle of New York City. From here head south to New Jersey, stopping at Princeton University en route. Stop at the historic wineries Amalthea Cellars Farm Winery and Hawk Haven Vineyard, with grand Victorian architecture, on your way down to Cape May.
Length of leg: 158 miles| Total distance travelled: 158 miles

 


Cape May, New Jersey, to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Depart Cape May and travel into Delaware via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. In Lewes, a short drive from Rehoboth Beach, is Nassau Valley Vineyards, the state's first winery, established in 1993. Next, drive to Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel in the Delaware countryside. The winery spans the border of two states, Delaware and Maryland. Continue to Pennsylvania, where from your base in Kennett Square the abundance of different wineries of the Brandywine Valley can be explored.
Length of leg: 100 miles | Total distance travelled: 258 miles


Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to Hershey, Pennsylvania

Start out on the 45-minute drive from Kennett Square to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to see the oldest Amish settlement in the USA. Continue to Hershey, via Waltz Vineyards Estate. In Hershey, visit Cullari Vineyards and Winery, a boutique operation specializing in both traditional dry and sweet red, white and pink wines. The main tasting room is in the heart of Hershey on Chocolate Avenue.
Length of leg: 65 miles | Total distance travelled: 323 miles

 


Hershey and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Wine Region

Later today, you will explore the Hershey and Harrisburg wine regions, but you must visit The Hershey Story Museum to learn about the iconic chocolate. Next, head north to Halifax, Pennsylvania, home to the rustic Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery and the J&P Winery, where you will be able to sit on the patio and enjoy a tasting with spectacular mountain views. Your final winery today is Cassel Vineyards in Hershey.
Length of leg: 0 miles | Total distance travelled: 323 miles



Hershey, Pennsylvania, to Ithaca, New York

Depart Hershey and continue northeast toward New York State's Finger Lakes region. Stop in Corning at the famous Corning Museum of Glass - a fascinating insight into the process of glass-making. Then, continue to the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country in Ithaca, New York, situated on Cayuga Lake and home to Cornell University and its I.M. Pei–designed Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
Length of leg: 220 miles | Total distance travelled: 543 miles

 


Finger Lakes Wine Region, New York to New York City, New York

Explore Ithaca Falls then head to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, where stunning scenery complements the wine tours. There is a selection of wineries to visit in the region, many with beautiful views across the lake. On another day, head to spectacular Cayuga Lake where there are further excellent wineries with more stunning views to be explored. Depart the Finger Lakes through upstate New York, before crossing the Delaware Water Gap and returning to New York City.
Length of leg: 223 miles | Total distance travelled: 766 miles

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