The Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA) kicked off New Jersey Wine Week with a reception on November 14 at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s Mansion, to honor the 2022 Governor’s Cup winners.
During the celebrations, Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy presented the Governor’s Cup awards for Best Red, Best White and Best Dessert Wine, as well as winners in several other categories of the annual competition.
- Best in Show and Best New Jersey Vinifera Red Wine 2022: William Heritage Winery, Mullica Hill (2019 Reserve BDX Red Blend)
- Best New Jersey Vinifera White Wine 2022: Auburn Road Winery, Pilesgrove (2020 Barrel Reserve Chardonnay)
- Best Dessert Wine from New Jersey 2022: Tomasello Winery, Hammonton (2020 Epilogue Icewine Riesling)
The rest of the best
- Best New Jersey Hybrid White Wine 2022: White Horse Winery, Hammonton (Vidal Blanc Winery 2021)
- Best New Jersey Sparkling Wine 2022: Beneduce Vineyards, Pittstown (2021 Estate Grown Rosé Pet Nat, Gamay
- Best New Jersey Rosé 2022: William Heritage Winery, Mullica Hill (2021 Rosé)
- Best New Jersey Hybrid Red Wine 2022: Sharrott Winery, Hammonton (NV Tango Red Blend)
- Best Liqueur Wine 2022: Auburn Road, Pilesgrove (2019 Vintage Ruby, Chambourcin)
“I am proud to recognize and celebrate the winners of the Governor’s Cup and New Jersey’s thriving wine industry,” said the governor.
“Our wineries help keep the Garden State’s agricultural legacy alive so it can continue to thrive in the future. The New Jersey wineries have not only demonstrated their talent, they have demonstrated their resilience during the pandemic and I look forward to their continued success,” he added.
According to GSWGA, a statewide coalition of wineries and vineyards, the wine industry represents the fastest growing segment of agriculture in New Jersey. More than 80 grape varietals are grown in New Jersey vineyards, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Riesling , Sangiovese, Albarino and Chardonnay, while the state’s wineries produce a wide range of fruit wines.
The Garden State is also one of the top wine producers in the country, having produced about 2 million gallons at its 50+ licensed wineries.
A recent Economic Impact Report released by WineAmerica found that New Jersey’s wine industry generates nearly $4.69 billion in economic activity and employs nearly 17,000 people. It also creates an additional 5,732 jobs in its supply and ancillary industries and its wine regions generate 272,500 tourist visits and $92.48 million in annual tourism spending.