2017 Virginia Cider Week


WHEREAS, cider was a colonial beverage enjoyed by our forefathers and the common farmer, lawyer, butcher, and soldier; and

WHEREAS, orchards were planted by early settlers and colonials to provide apples to ferment for the production of cider; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is the 6th largest apple-producing state by acreage in the United States, and cider is a value-added product of apples, which supports an existing industry in the Commonwealth geared toward strengthening a new Virginia economy; and

WHEREAS,agriculture is the state’s largest industry, with an economic impact of $70 billion annually; and

WHEREAS,the cider industry in Virginia has experienced significant growth, with over 22 cideries started since 2006, several wineries producing cider, and multiple prospective cideries currently being planned; and

WHEREAS,the production of cider nationwide increased 73% each year from 2008-2012, which is the largest growth since the 1930s; and

WHEREAS,agritourism is a growing component of Virginia’s tourism industry; and

WHEREAS, the House of Delegates and the Senate passed House Joint Resolution 105 in 2012 to designate the full week before Thanksgiving as Virginia Cider Week in Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 10-19, 2017, as VIRGINIA CIDER WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.