The winemakers’ art relies on the cultivation of select varieties of well-adapted grapes that thrive under sets of conditions unique to every site. The French have a single vocabulary word, “terroir”, to describe this broad set of interacting factors that includes the soils, their orientation, grape variety, farming practices, climate, local microclimate, wine making culture and technology. Guess what, New Jersey winegrowing has terroir! But that’s not all Jersey’s got – ask any winegrape grower what other factor is essential to the establishment of the New Jersey wine industry and they will point to the input from Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
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