April 2013: Michigan Wine MonthWHEREAS, Michigan's excellent vineyards and wineries are a key component of our state's tourism and agricultural industries, contributing more than $800 million to Michigan's economy each year; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan wine sales have outpaced total wine sales 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 100 wineries that welcome more than 1 million visitors throughout the year; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan vintners cultivate a wide variety of grapes, which allows them to produce a sizeable selection of quality wines including reds, whites, blushes and sparkling and non-alcoholic juices; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Michigan vintners in support of the "wine in moderation" concept; we 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 2013 as Michigan Wine Month.