Garden State Wine Growers Association – a coalition of 60+ New Jersey wineries and vineyards that support the Garden State’s wine industry through information, resources, and advocacy – celebrates New Jersey Wine Week 2022. From November 14 through 21, 2022, you can raise your glass in support of New Jersey growers and winemakers. Sip and support local farms and businesses as part of the week-long celebration that kicks off with the presentation of the Governor’s Cup on November 14.
Special events are planned throughout the state and include the following:
Governor and First Lady honor New Jersey wineries at the Governor’s Cup celebration, a “Tennessee Avenue toast” in Atlantic City by Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA) Executive Director Devon Perry, and “Cheers to New Jersey Wine” toasts across the state with visitors tag #cheersNJwine.
The full list of winery events will be displayed on https://www.newjerseywines.com/events/category/nj-wine-week/
To learn more and get up-to-the-minute details on specific events, sign up for the GSWGA “In the Vines” newsletter, and follow on social media.
New Jersey Conference of Tourism
The celebration of New Jersey wine and agritourism continues through December when the GSWGA proudly sponsors the New Jersey Conference on Tourism on December 1 & 2, 2022.
“The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association recognizes the distinction wines grown in New Jersey bring to events, activities, and milestones in and around our state,” says Lori A. Pepenella, CDME President NJTIA. “It is with great excitement that the Garden State Wine Growers Association is supporting our 2022 Tourism Conference as a Premium Sponsor and will also be presenting our much anticipated Thursday Evening Network Reception in Resorts Atlantic City. We have had the continued privilege to work alongside this dedicated group growing tourism into one of the Garden State’s most important assets.”
2022 National Economic Impact Study.
The Garden State Wine Growers Association is delighted to share key takeaways from a 2022 National Economic Impact Study of the Wine Industry released by WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries in Washington, DC.
Perry notes, “The New Jersey wine industry is a major magnet for tourists and tourism-driven expenditures. New Jersey’s ‘wine country’ generates 272,500 tourist visits and $92.48 million in annual tourism expenditures, benefiting local economies and tax bases. The wine industry promotes agritourism and sustainability in the Garden State.”
To advance agritourism and consumption of New Jersey wine, the Garden State Wine Growers Association developed a mobile app and Passport Program, making it easy to discover New Jersey wine country and experience all of New Jersey’s Wine Trails.
The Garden State is home to four thriving American Viticultural Areas (AVA)s: the Cape May Peninsula AVA, the Outer Coastal Plain AVA covering nine southern counties, the Warren Hills AVA, and the Central Delaware Valley AVA, which is shared with portions of Eastern Pennsylvania. Vineyards and wineries may be found in each AVA; Trail Weekends, festivals, and events are held year-round throughout the state.
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Marilyn is a freelance writer covering the food and drink scene of South Jersey. You can find more of her writing on Philly Grub and NewsBreak.