Today, we clink our glasses for the Garden State’s wine industry and its contribution to the state’s economy. A new study reports that its economic impact in 2016 amounted to $323 million. That was an increase of almost 40 percent over 2011 ($231 million).
It seems the industry’s been on a bit of tear of late. Between 2011 and 2016, wine production here increased by just over 73 percent (from 405,954 gallons to 702,671 gallons). During the same period, the number of wineries in the state went from 38 to 50. By 2016, 1,582 acres here were under the vine.
The study, which was released by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, notes that most wineries in New Jersey are small, producing less than 5,000 cases a year. And most sell their wine directly to consumers through winery tasting rooms.