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Wines from New Jersey

The Next Napa of America!

New Jersey, which is one of the smallest states in the United States of America, is known to have a rich agricultural past. This is why it is often referred to as the Garden State.

Obviously, it’s a great location for vineyards and wineries!

The state’s wine industry is currently generating around $35 million in terms of economy.

With all these facts in mind, some wine critics have started describing this state as the America’s next Napa.

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Let’s see about the region’s viticulture here before making that decision.

New Jersey’s Wine History

The state’s wine journey was started in the year 1758 when Great Britain’s Royal Society came forward with an offer of £100 to the colonists who could produce wines of acceptable quality in the state.

Following these attempts to recreate the wines that were produced in the European countries, the wine production here continued well until the year 1920.

During this year, the Prohibition put an end to the state’s official wine industry. Although this prohibition was lifted in the year 1933, the wine laws were found to be stricter in New Jersey until the year 1981.

Only after the passing of New Jersey Farm Wineries Act, the wineries were able to produce more wines in the state. Since then, the wine industry picked up very well in the state to have over 50 wineries at present.

Now, New Jersey is one of the most productive states in the U.S. in terms of wines.

Vineyards and Viticulture in New Jersey

We can see that the state has dedicated almost 1,043 acres of land to the cultivation of wine grapes.

This way, the state is able to produce more than 1.72 million gallons of wine every year, thus, making it the seventh-largest wine producer of the country.

So, what makes the region a successful wine producer? Well, this state is known to be diverse in terms of both geology and geography.

We can see that most parts of the state are found to be having a humid mesothermal climate. It can also be observed that all the five provinces of the state are offering the wine producers with an array of distinctive terroirs and climatic conditions and as wine lovers; we can see these getting reflected in the essence of the wines from this region.

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Wine Regions and Appellations in New Jersey

We can say that the state is having one of the best quality assurance wine schemes in the country.

In the year 1999, New Jersey launched the Quality Wine Alliance Program to supplement the use of American Viticultural Areas titles in an attempt to bring the wine regulation closer to the French appellations.

Now, we shall have a look at the American Viticultural Areas of New Jersey here. The state is currently having three AVAs, which are as follows:

  • Outer Coastal Plain AVA
  • Warren Hills AVA
  • Central Delaware Valley AVA

All the AVAs together comprise almost four million acres thereby covering 70% of the total surface area of the state. Of all the three AVAs, most of the wineries of New Jersey are found to be located in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA of Southern Jersey. This is because of the regions favorable conditions for viticulture.

Wines and Wine Grapes of New Jersey

We can get almost all styles of wines in this region including:

  • Red
  • Rosé
  • White
  • Dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet
  • Sparkling
  • Fortified
  • Dessert

It has been observed that all these wines are being produced from almost 90 different varieties of wine grapes out of which the following are the most important ones:

  • Chambourcin
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot



Tharani Rajamanickam

Tharani Rajamanickam


I am Tharani, I have Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. I am passionate about the wine industry and continue to explore, learn and share and I bring in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you keep updated with best wines in the world. Stay tuned..

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