Renault Winery Resort & Golf

Celebrating 155 years of vineyard hospitality, Renault Winery Resort & Golf is not only a New Jersey State Historical site, but also 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, Renault is rapidly becoming known as “The East Coast’s Premier Vineyard Wedding Destination” with seven amazing wedding venues, including a bespoke garden tented facility which can accommodate over 500+ guests. Brides and wine enthusiasts alike love the Renault experience, which includes the Château Hotel, House of Renault Restaurant, Renault Winery & Champagne House, and the incredible Vineyard National Golf Course. Coming in 2019 will be the new Château Spa & Wine Club.

Our History

Agrarian Era (1800s)

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Louis Renault sets sail for the New World with hopes of saving his vines and establishing a vineyard free of the insect that had ravished the vines of Western Europe. Renault’s first attempt at an American vineyard took place in California. To his dismay, phylloxera also destroyed the root systems of his Californian grapes. It was then that Renault learned of an indigenous American grape that grew on the East Coast, a grape with a natural resistance to certain pests and disease.

wine grapes drawing.

1855

wine grapes drawing.

Louis Renault sets sail for the New World with hopes of saving his vines and establishing a vineyard free of the insect that had ravished the vines of Western Europe. Renault’s first attempt at an American vineyard took place in California. To his dismay, phylloxera also destroyed the root systems of his Californian grapes. It was then that Renault learned of an indigenous American grape that grew on the East Coast, a grape with a natural resistance to certain pests and disease.

new jersey shape drawing.

timeline divider. 1864

Renault purchases land in the Egg Harbor area, where this miracle grape was rumored to thrive. Finding a climate and soil similar to that which he knew in France, Renault establishes his own vineyard.

1864

new jersey shape drawing.

Renault purchases land in the Egg Harbor area, where this miracle grape was rumored to thrive. Finding a climate and soil similar to that which he knew in France, Renault establishes his own vineyard.

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Renault introduces his New Jersey Champagne. Renault Winery has quickly gained notoriety, winning prizes for its wines and becoming the largest distributor of champagne in the United States. This winery’s success even earned Egg Harbor the moniker of “Wine City.”

wine flute drawing.

1870

wine flute drawing.

Renault introduces his New Jersey Champagne. Renault Winery has quickly gained notoriety, winning prizes for its wines and becoming the largest distributor of champagne in the United States. This winery’s success even earned Egg Harbor the moniker of “Wine City.”

Prohibition Era (1920s-40s)

tonic bottle drawing.

timeline divider. 1919

John D’Agostino and family buys the winery to operate during the fourteen years of Prohibition under a special government permit. This permit allowed the production of wines for religious and medicinal purposes. Renault Wine Tonic, which had an alcoholic content of 22 percent, became the chief product and was sold in drug stores throughout the nation.

1919

tonic bottle drawing.

John D’Agostino and family buys the winery to operate during the fourteen years of Prohibition under a special government permit. This permit allowed the production of wines for religious and medicinal purposes. Renault Wine Tonic, which had an alcoholic content of 22 percent, became the chief product and was sold in drug stores throughout the nation.

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John’s sister Maria assumes responsibility for Renault after her brothers passing. Having a talent for design, she made a showplace of the old winery by building the current chateau style hospitality house.

shovel drawing.

1948

shovel drawing.

John’s sister Maria assumes responsibility for Renault after her brothers passing. Having a talent for design, she made a showplace of the old winery by building the current chateau style hospitality house.

Champagne Era (50-60s)

Wineglass drawing.

timeline divider. 1966

Maria adds the Wine Glass Museum to display her impressive collection of wine glass art, with pieces that date back as far as the thirteenth century.

1966

Wineglass drawing.

Maria adds the Wine Glass Museum to display her impressive collection of wine glass art, with pieces that date back as far as the thirteenth century.

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Johnny Carson serves as the spokesperson for Renault, who is for the largest distributor of champagne in America at the time.

Johnny Carson and champagne bottle.

1968

Johnny Carson and champagne bottle.

Johnny Carson serves as the spokesperson for Renault, who is for the largest distributor of champagne in America at the time.

Culinary Era (80s-90s)

plate fork and knife drawing.

timeline divider. 1980

The property opened its first gourmet restaurant in one of the winery buildings.

1980

plate fork and knife drawing.

The property opened its first gourmet restaurant in one of the winery buildings.

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Culinary & Wedding Legacy Launched. The property becomes increasingly more popular for weddings.

wedding ring drawing.

1985

wedding ring drawing.

Culinary & Wedding Legacy Launched. The property becomes increasingly more popular for weddings.

Resort Era (00s)

hotel bell drawing.

timeline divider. 2001

Tuscany House Hotel opens on the Renault Winery Property, fit with a new restaurant.

2001

hotel bell drawing.

Tuscany House Hotel opens on the Renault Winery Property, fit with a new restaurant.

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The Vineyards golf course area is opened for the first time.

golf club and ball drawing.

2005

golf club and ball drawing.

The Vineyards golf course area is opened for the first time.

Vivamee logo.

timeline divider. 2019

Vivâmee Hospitality acquires the property from Ocean First Bank and begins to make instrumental changes to the revitalization of the Renault Winery property.

2019

Vivamee logo.

Vivâmee Hospitality acquires the property from Ocean First Bank and begins to make instrumental changes to the revitalization of the Renault Winery property.

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