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New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited 4 JG’s Orchards and Vineyards in Colts Neck to announce the beginning of Wine Week in New Jersey, celebrating the Garden State’s grape harvest.
Governor Christie signed a proclamation declaring September 20 to 29 New Jersey Wine Week, honoring the wine industry for being a growing contributor to the state’s economy.
We'll speak with Secretary Fisher, Janet Giunco, owner of Four JG's Winery in Colts Neck and Gary Pavlis of Rutgers University to learn about the impact the wine industry is having on the state.
New Jersey has more than 45 licensed wineries. New Jersey is 7th in the nation in wine production, with more than 1.5 million gallons produced in 2010. Many wineries now offer shipping of their wines within New Jersey and into other states thanks to a 2012 law signed by Governor Christie.
Four JG’s Orchards & Vineyards is a 60-acre farm named after its four owners, John and Janet Giunco and their two children, John and Jill. The Giunco family has farmed in Monmouth County for more than 60 years. John’s parents raised apples and peaches. John, a lawyer, and Janet, a former IBM marketing employee, opened 4 JG’s in 1999.
Four JG’s is one of 38 member wineries of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.
For more information about the Garden State Wine Growers Association, go to www.newjerseywines.com.
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