July 31, 2013

Jersey Fresh: South Jersey farmers feel climate change effects, and making wine. Farmers in South Jersey are beginning to rethink what they grow as many of them are witnessing changes in New Jersey’s climate. The Heritage Family farm, located in Mullica Hill, is usually known for its peaches and apple production, but in more recent years, this family has been growing grapes, too. The warmer temperatures allow for grapes such as Malbec to be grown in the Garden State. Rich Heritage, director of marketing for the winery was quoted, "Climate change is definitely something we're aware of and we talk about." He noted, "We will have New Jersey's very first commercial release of Malbec and that's a clear-cut example of climate change allowing us to make new wines."