April 2011: Michigan Wine MonthDate: April 01, 2011 - April 30, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, Michigan's excellent vineyards and wineries are a key component of our state's tourism and agricultural industries, contributing $790 million to Michigan's economy each year; and,
WHEREAS, while total wine sales increased only 4 percent, sales of Michigan-made wines rose nearly 12 percent in 2010, outpacing total wine sales for the 10th consecutive year; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan's grape-growing industry dates back to the mid-19th century, and has grown to include 2,000 acres of wine grapes and 81 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, we join with Michigan vintners in support of the "wine in moderation" concept, and encourage adults in Michigan to visit the wineries of our great state and enjoy a glass of Michigan-made wine;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2011 as Michigan Wine Month.