The Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA), a coalition of more than 60 wineries and vineyards across the state, is kicking of a week-long celebration of winemaking and grape-growing.
Special events are planned in support of growers and winemakers between Nov. 14 and 21 throughout the state, including:
- Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy honoring wineries at the Governor’s Cup celebration;
- A Tennessee Avenue toast in Atlantic City by GSWGA executive director Devon Perry;
- “Cheers to New Jersey Wine” toasts across the state on social media by tagging a photo #cheersNJwine for a chance to win a six-bottle wine tote bag and other goodies.
A full list of 2022 New Jersey Wine Week events is posted here.
New Jersey’s budding wine industry represents the fastest-growing segment of agriculture in the state and includes over 50 licensed wineries from Sussex to Cape May counties, according to GSWGA.
GSWGA Executive Director Devon Perry said, “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.”
The celebration of New Jersey wine and agritourism continues through next month, when the GSWGA sponsors the New Jersey Conference on Tourism on Dec. 1 and 2.
“The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association (NJTIA) recognizes the distinction wines grown in New Jersey bring to events, activities and milestones in and around our state,” said Lori Pepenella, board 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.”
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