ALEXANDRIA, NJ - Beneduce Vineyards, near Pittstown in Alexandria Township, is the site of the 2018 Farmer-Businessmen’s Picnic of the Hunterdon County Board of Agriculture.

The event, open to anybody who buys a ticket, includes tours of the wine grape operation, displays by farming organizations and a catered picnic supper. It will be held Wednesday, July 25 with tours starting at 4:30 p.m.

The ag board has hosted a summer picnic at some farm or farm-related business for more than 60 years.

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The Beneduce family bought this 51-acre farm at 1 Jeremiah Road, next to Sky Manor Airport, in 2000 to expand production for their retail garden center, Great Swamp Greenhouses in Gillette. The first vines were planted in 2009 and the winery opened in the summer of 2012.

Beneduce Vineyard currently has 20 acres of grapes under cultivation and produces between 4,000 and 5,000 cases of wine annually. With a focus on hands-on vineyard management, fruit is grown and harvested with thoughtful consideration of each of the 10 variety’s specific needs. The family remains dedicated not only to sustainable farming and land stewardship, but to bringing great wine and community to Hunterdon.

Guided wagon tours and walking tours will begin at 4:30 p.m. Guests may purchase wine by the glass or buy a wine tasting to sample several wines. The picnic dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Dan’s Backyard Barbecue will provide a full course “all you can eat” dinner consisting of roast beef, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, three salads and beverages. Ice cream from Thee Ice Cream Parlor and assorted cookies complete the meal.

Cost is $30 per person and deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. Mail check made out to the Board of Agriculture to it at PO Box 2327, Flemington 08822. Tickets will be held for check-in at the picnic registration table. Call Treasurer Judy Conard at 908-782-5473 with questions.