April, 2014: Michigan Wine Month

WHEREAS, Michigan's excellent vineyards and wineries are a key component of our state’s tourism and agricultural industries; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s reputation as a quality wine producing region of the United States is growing as evidenced by 218 gold medal awards earned by 35 producers of Michigan wine in 17 prestigious national competitions in 2013; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan wine sales have outpaced total wine sales in Michigan for the past 12 years, doubling the Michigan wineries’ market share to 6.5 percent; and,

WHEREAS, the state’s grape-growing industry dates back to the mid-19th Century, and has grown to include 2,650 acres of wine grapes and 101 wineries that welcome more than 2 million visitors throughout the year; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan vintners cultivate a wide variety of grapes, which allows them to produce a diverse selection of quality wines including reds, whites, blushes and sparkling and non-alcoholic juices; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with Michigan vintners in support of the “wine in moderation” concept, and encourage adult residents and tourists in Michigan to visit the wineries of our great state and enjoy a glass of Pure Michigan-made wine.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2014 as Michigan Wine Month.