Generation Farmer: 4th
Winery: Beneduce Vineyards
Date Farm Established: 2009
Mike is the owner and winemaker at Beneduce Vineyards, a 77-acre farm in the rolling hills of Hunterdon County originally purchased by his parents in 2000 to expand their family’s garden center, Great Swamp Greenhouses. Today they produce around 5,000 cases of wine annually, entirely made from grapes grown on their farm, and sell 100% direct to consumers who visit their on-site tasting room or receive shipments through their wine club. They focus on sustainable production of northern European grape varieties and favor a dry, food-friendly style of winemaking.
Mike is also New Jersey’s 2022 Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year award recipient!
What is something unique about your farm or business?
I don’t have a middle name. No idea why, ask my parents!
What is your favorite thing to grow?
That’s hard to say because it really depends what I’m eating with it, but our Dry Riesling is a definite go-to in the summer.
What is your favorite recipe or cooking technique using Jersey Fresh?
It’s tough to beat an heirloom Jersey tomato with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt alongside a chilled bottle of our Dry Rosé.
“Without farmers you’d be hungry, naked, and sober.”