How N.J. wine became big business

Grapes, wine, new jersey

HUNTER HULBERT / NJ.COM – New Jersey wine country is having a major moment.

For years Garden State growers have insisted that connoisseurs need not fly to the Napa Valley or overseas to experience very good vino — there are plenty of great grapes right here in New Jersey.

But suddenly the argument feels completely legit, not just a case of local boosterism. Over the past decade, New Jersey has become the seventh largest wine producing state in the country, generating $30 million dollars a year from 1.5 million gallons of wine produced annually, according to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture …

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