Stretch & Swirl: Traversing the Yoga Wine Trail

Yoga meets wine tastings at these unique events throughout the state.

Jamie Taylor limbers up in the tasting room at Beneduce Vineyards.
Jamie Taylor limbers up in the tasting room at Beneduce Vineyards.
Photo by Yvonne Albinowski

Jamie Taylor loves yoga. But she appreciates a nice bottle of wine, too. A certified yoga instructor, Taylor has merged her two passions into the New Jersey Yoga Wine Trail, a summer-long series of events at five New Jersey wineries.

“The pairing of the two—yoga and wine—is a great way for people who have never tried yoga to come to a class for the first time and take the pressure off,” says Taylor, 27, a Fairleigh Dickinson University graduate whose Flanders-based company, Unique Yoga Events, introduced the Yoga Wine Trail last summer.

At a recent trail event at Beneduce Vineyards in Pittstown, 17 participants in the yoga class lined up in two rows, stretching their arms toward a cloudless blue sky. Nearby, rows of budding vines also reached for the precious sunlight.

After the one-hour, open-air class, the yogis rolled up their mats and strolled through the vineyard to the winery patio for a tasting of Beneduce’s varietals.

“I like yoga—love yoga—and the chance to experience this outside with wine is just the perfect thing,” said Liz Rodriguez, a flight attendant from Stewartsville who organized a group outing to Beneduce with five friends. “I have never seen yoga offered this way, so I really wanted to get a group together to try it.”

The 2015 season runs through September 19. In addition to Beneduce, sessions are held at Cava Winery in Hamburg; Plagido’s Winery in Hammonton; Bellview Winery in Landisville; and Cedarvale Winery in Swedesboro.

Classes cost $25, including the wine tasting. For more information visit the company website.

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