Balic Winery has produced wines in South Jersey long before vineyards started popping up all over the state. Specializing in wine with a European accent, Balic features a selection of reds, whites, fruit wines and more. While there are free tastings daily, Balic will host its annual summer festival this weekend. Here are three reasons to check it out.

1. The picturesque locale

If you’ve had it with your own backyard, the outdoor space at Balic Winery is just what you’re looking for. With plenty of space, including a chateau-like terrace with views of the vineyard, Balic Winery is perfect for a socially distanced outing, especially a two-day summer wine festival. Bring some snacks, lunch and even your dog. Not only is Balic pet-friendly, it’s the perfect place to impress your friends with your homemade charcuterie board.

2. Live tunes

It’s not a festival without tunes. On Saturday, get to Balic’s annual Summer Festival for Bittersweet Duo. Made up of Michelle Porto and Anthony Wood, Bittersweet Duo is a multi-talented local duo that plays everything from opera to Lady Gaga. On Sunday, get there for the incomparable Beth Tinnon, a versatile songstress who performs everything from jazz to country to today’s Top 40.

3. The wine

Balic Winery & Vineyards produces a large selection of wines, from dry whites (Chardonnay, Riesling, and Napoleon Bonaparte); dry reds (Alexander the Great, Red Velvet, Country Red, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc); semi-sweets (Cream Red, Cream White and Almanique); as well as sparkling wines and several fruit wines including pomegranate, huckleberry, pumpkin and more.