The Garden State Wine Growers Association is a non-profit organization of New Jersey-based wineries, vineyards and allied businesses. It serves as a centralized information repository, resource and clearing house for industry members, and offers a unified voice advocating for issues important to the entire range of New Jersey winery and vineyard operations. Central to this mission are efforts toward branding, marketing, public relations, education, and legislation and regulation for the furtherance of the vineyard and wine industries in the Garden State.
Founded in 1987, the association has driven exponential growth through wine education initiatives, cooperative marketing campaigns, and a slate of annual events dedicated to taking our wines across New Jersey, and encouraging enthusiasts to visit our wineries.
The Association also serves as an educational and informational resource for current and prospective grape growers, with the overarching goal of improving the quality and quantity of grapes and wine being produced in New Jersey. This is accomplished in part by working closely with the Rutgers Agricultural Experimentation Station network throughout the state, and the newly formed Rutgers Wine Grape Resource Center, chaired by Dr. Dan Ward. The association forges and maintains positive relationships with state and local government entities, and advocates on all levels for wine grape industry interests. The association also serves as a resource to those seeking assistance in navigating governmental compliance issues during the winery licensing and permitting process.
Current Board of Directors:
- Chair – Lou Caracciolo, Amalthea Cellars
- Vice Chair – Scott Donnini, Auburn Road Vineyards
- Legal Chair – Audrey Gambino, Villa Milagro Vineyards
- Finance Chair – Gar Simers, White Horse Winery
- Marketing Chair – Kenna Wuerker, Hawk Haven Vineyards
- Event Chair – Frank DiMatteo, DiMatteo Vineyards
- Executive Director – Tom Cosentino
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