WHEREAS, Michigan's excellent vineyards and wineries are a key component of our state’s tourism and agricultural industries; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan's wine grape and wine industry contributes $5.4 billion in economic impact, including $253 million in tourism spending and creates more than 47,000 jobs; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan wine production has more than doubled over the past 10 years, with more than 2.7 million gallons of wine bottled in 2016; 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 140 wineries that welcome 1.7 million visitors throughout the year; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan vintners cultivate more than 20 varieties of grapes, which allows them to produce a diverse selection of quality wines including reds, whites, rosés 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 May 2018 as Wine Month in Michigan.