Cava Winery & Vineyard

About

Making wine is our passion. Along with the drive to connect with our heritage, we are creating wines we proudly call our own. So in New Jersey, a place where Italian-American culture has had a strong presence for many years, we present a winery with a vision to tie the old world to the new.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Hamburg, New Jersey.

Features

  • The name Cava in Italian means cave or mine.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 21.00

Winemaker

Jeff Blake grew up in the area, in the mining town of Franklin, NJ. After graduating from a high school just down the road from Cava Winery, he went west to the University of Colorado, Boulder where he earned a degree in Geology. One of his projects while studying there was to make a model solar distillation apparatus thus beginning his fascination with the fermentation process.

Jeff went on to post graduate studies at the University of California, Davis focusing on Malting and Brewing Science, Brewery Engineering and Enology.

Over the next few years, Jeff helped open breweries in California, Idaho and Utah finally settling for some time in Idaho working at the McCall Brewing Company. When his friend and brewery owner decided to sell the business, Jeff decided it was time to move back home to New Jersey.

In the summer of 2011, Jeff and Anthony met through mutual friends to experiment with some beer and cider production. When a position for winemaker opened up in 2012, Jeff stepped up to the opportunity and has since proven to be a vital member of the Cava family.

History

The name Cava in Italian means cave or mine. With Hamburg and the surrounding towns known for their history in mining, the name seemed an appropriate tribute to the blistered hands that achieved the area’s reputation.

We find kinship with the miners through hard work and, with a little luck, we hope to yield something precious from the earth. In our process of winemaking, we hope to achieve outright alchemy.Situated in the beautiful Skylands of northwest New Jersey, Cava Winery & Vineyard is a story of a family journey. Our path, in simple terms, is respecting the old ways but creating something new and maintaining connectedness. After tracing our family lineage back to Italy and finding our name on the side of a bottle, a dream evolved into reality.

Our location is perfect in many ways. With a history of agriculture that is rooted deep within the lands, our soil’s mineral content is ideal for growing grapes. The terroir drains thoroughly allowing the vines to suffer and the orientation of the sun with east-to-west exposure help our grapes take their natural path in the vinification process.

Making wine is our passion. Along with the drive to connect with our heritage, we are creating wines we proudly call our own. So in New Jersey, a place where Italian-American culture has had a strong presence for many years, we present a winery with a vision to tie the old world to the new.

The Team

Anthony Riccio, CEO/President:

Winemaker Anthony Riccio spent a good portion of his youth in Morris County, living the simple life, working on a farm. He enjoyed the satisfaction of a day’s labor in the field, which was a harbinger to his current pursuit of viticulture. After traveling the Tuscan countryside and watching hands take grapes from vine to wine, he decided to bring his heritage and passion for winemaking to the region where his love for working the land began. His goal is to fuse the old world with the place he again calls home. Anthony is a Veteran of the United States Army.

Nikki Smithhart, Hospitality Manager:

Nikki grew up in Illinois and moved to northern New Jersey in 2007. She went to the University of Southern Indiana and received her bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. Nikki's capabilities as a graphic artist have enhanced Cava's advertising and marketing. When you receive Cava's constant contact messages, visit our Facebook page or see our ads in the newspaper, it's Nikki behind the scenes.

Nikki started working at the winery in 2013 and was hired as the Hospitality Manager in 2014 when the position became available. She is also in charge of our event coordination for birthdays, fundraisers, bachelorette parties, anniversaries, showers, rehearsal dinners and weddings.

Reviews

1 Review
Diane Tees
Vernon, NJ
Sweet wines

This place may have music and food, but you'll be lucky to get service. I sat for over 10 minutes without being served and then they can't tell you anything about their wines, and none of their wines are New Jersey wines! If you like sweet wines and want food- stop by, otherwise this is a place to skip if you are serious about wine.

April 2017

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Hours

FRIDAY 12 PM-8 PM SATURDAY 12 PM-8 PM SUNDAY 12 PM-6 PM

Address

3619 New Jersey 94
Hamburg, New Jersey 07419
United States

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