Title: Finding a state of sustainable wine: implications for sustainable viticulture and oenology in New Jersey, USA

Authors: Daniel Moscovici; Paul D. Gottlieb

Addresses: Departments of Environmental Studies and Sustainability, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Atlantic City, NJ 08205, USA ' Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, 55 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA

Abstract: New Jersey is the most urbanised state in the USA, yet positioned as a sustainable wine region of the world. The methodology includes a thorough literature review of sustainable wine combined with a quantitative and qualitative survey of wineries in New Jersey. Data collected from 71% of wineries demonstrate sustainable opportunities for developing wine regions. A variety of conclusion is drawn from the research. First, farmers are generally sustainable at a small scale and employ a variety of sustainable best management practices. Second, support from the growers association and government would advance sustainability. Third, additional funding would expedite this move; many of New Jersey wines are already labelled or marketed as sustainable. By creating a certification, guidelines, or set of best management practices, New Jersey could differentiate and improve sales locally, nationally and even globally. These lessons can be applied to other developing wine regions of the world.

Keywords: sustainability; wine; viticulture; environment; stewardship; agriculture; oenology; triple bottom line; certification; best management practices; sustainable; USA.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2017.10011406

International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, 2017 Vol.3 No.3, pp.196 - 214

Received: 20 Jun 2017
Accepted: 26 Jul 2017

Published online: 09 Mar 2018 *

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