Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, the excellent vineyards and wineries are a key component of Michigan’s tourism and agricultural industries; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan's wine grape and wine industry contributes $5.4 billion to the economy, including $253 million in tourism spending, as well as creates more than 47,000 jobs; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan wine production has more than doubled over the past 10 years, with more than 3 million gallons of wine bottled in 2017; and,
WHEREAS, the state’s grape-growing industry dates back to the mid-19th century and has grown to include 3,050 acres of wine grapes and more than 140 wineries that welcome 1.7 million visitors throughout the year; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan vintners cultivate more than 20 varieties of grapes, allowing them to produce a diverse selection of quality wines including reds, whites, rosés, 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, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Michigan Wine Month.