Overview: The New Jersey Wine Region
If you’re ever looking for a reason to cross the river into that faraway land known as New Jersey, let it be the wine. While the Garden State may seem like a different world, it’s actually home to some beautiful wine country that happens to be much closer than we think.
Back in the 1700’s, the London Royal Society of the Arts recognized two NJ vintners for their success in producing some of the first bottles of wine from colonial agriculture. However, prohibition legislature ruled that there could only be one winery license for every one million state resident so production was incredibly limited. In 1981, this law was repealed, and the winemaking population really began to bloom in the early 2000s in New Jersey, and since then, over 50 wineries have established themselves in the state.
Although New Jersey is pretty tiny in mileage, its geography allows for a unique climate. The southern part of the state gets the maritime breezes and great sun exposure from being coastal, and the northern section is rockier and more mountainous.
New Jersey is seventh in wine production in the United States with 1.5 million gallons and over 40 varieties growing in the state, including Pinot Noir and Riesling from the north, and Sangiovese from the South.
Its nickname “the Garden State” comes with good reason as there are many different kinds of produce grown in New Jersey. This is extremely beneficial to winemakers as they are able to add all kinds of fruits to their wines like apples, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and so many more.
If you’re looking to visit New Jersey’s wineries, check out the statewide wine trail. Every winery is listed and you can create your own tour by choosing a section.