There is a fundamental understanding in the world of viticulture (grape growing) that soil and climate should dictate what grape varietals are grown at a specific location. The operators of New Jersey’s Beneduce Winery are following this philosophy with promising results…I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Mike Beneduce Jr., the winemaker and viticulturist. His philosophy of matching the varietals to the vineyard site was refreshing (and commercially risky) as the goal was clearly what the terroir will best express, not necessarily what grape varietals are most popular. Mike Jr. earned a B.S. degree in viticulture and enology (winemaking) from Cornell University. He and his brother Justen, who has his degree in agricultural sciences from Rutgers, are firm believers that all great wine starts in the vineyard.
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