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The Outer Coastal Plain American Viticultural Area (AVA) covers over 2.25 million acres in Southeastern New Jersey and includes more than 20 wineries and commercial vineyards.

Climates here are influenced by the maritime effects of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. This contributes to the long growing season which spans 190 to 217 freeze-free days per year. Spring frosts that could damage buds or flowering are rare, allowing many of the vinifera varieties which are too cold sensitive to be grown in much of the mid-Atlantic region to be grown here. Award-winning wines are being produced with vinifera, French-American hybrids, and native-American grapes. The AVA is particularly well suited for vinifera such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lemberger, Cabernet Franc and Viognier; French American hybrids such a Vidal, Chamboucin, Traminette and Villard Noir; and native American varieties such as Ives and Cynthiana.

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