One of the country’s top wine producers, with a yield of 1.5 million gallons in 2016, New Jersey is home to more than 50 licensed wineries.
The Garden State has almost 2,000 acres of farmland dedicated to cultivating grapevines. More than 40 grape varieties are grown in the state, from pinot noir and riesling in the north, to Italian varieties such as sangiovese and barbera in the south. New Jersey grows a wide range of vines, such as cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay to French-American hybrids.
According to several grape growers and wineries around the state, New Jersey hit the ultimate sweet spot in 2019. Many grapes are testing in the Brix 26 range, considered to be the top measurement for sweetness. Brix is the measure of sugar level in grapes; the perfect ripeness is considered between 25 and 27. The early summer rains, combined with the dry period of August and September, made for ideal grape-growing conditions.
New Jersey has four viticultural regions: outer coastal plain, Warren Hills, central Delaware Valley and the Cape May peninsula, which was approved last spring.
Follow the link for a list of New Jersey wineries and regular events that take place at them.