New Jersey “the Garden State”
New Jersey’s climate and soil conditions allows for a variety of grapes to grown. Grape varietals include Chardonnay, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin and Marechal Foch. Many other varieties are also grown in New Jersey. Three appellations divide New Jersey.
In Northern New Jersey the appellation is Warren Hills AVA located entirely within Warren County. With only 226 acres, this AVA currently has four wineries. Central New Jersey has several wineries with a unique terroir created by a soil of limestone, shale and sand. The Outer Coastal Plain AVA is in southern New Jersey. The Outer Coastal Plain covers more than two million acres. Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay influence the climate and create a maritime effect. This allows vineyards in this area to grow grapes that require warmer weather. Here the land is relatively flat with sandy soil. Numerous wineries are located here taking advantage of the good soil and climate.