$40 million

January 7, 2014 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s wine industry grows to $40 million in annual sales

New Jersey seems to be making headway in its effort to grow its wine industry, since it now ranks seventh among states in terms of wine production, generating $40 million in revenue for 1.7 million gallons of wine, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

A bipartisan bill, sponsored by Assemblymen David Russo (R-Bergen) and Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) will replace the New Jersey Wine Industry Council with a New Jersey Wine Board, for the purposes of further promoting the state’s wine industry.

The board will be responsible for a marketing program, as well as lobbying for the industry. It will be made up of six gubernatorial appointees as well as the state secretary of agriculture and the director of the Division of Travel and Tourism.