2017 Virginia Wine Month


WHEREAS, Virginia is the home of Thomas Jefferson, America’s first epicurean and wine aficionado; and he is widely known as the father of American wine; and

WHEREAS, realizing Jefferson’s vision, today Virginia wineries produce world class wines that receive national and international acclaim; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia wine industry has grown from six wineries in 1979 to more than 280 wineries today, ranking fifth in the United States in the number of wineries; and

WHEREAS, in Fiscal Year 2017, Virginia’s wineries sold more than 587,000 cases of wine, totaling approximately $117 million in retail sales; and

WHEREAS, Virginia harvests 8,500 tons of wine grapes with a total crop value of $17.8 million; and

WHEREAS, Virginia wineries and related businesses contribute more than 8,000 full-time equivalent jobs to the Commonwealth, and over $94 million in taxes; and

WHEREAS, more than 2.3 million people visit Virginia wineries annually, and during Virginia Wine Month, guests can enjoy drinking more of Virginia’s wines at restaurants and purchasing them at local wine shops around the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s burgeoning wine industry has been ranked as one of the top 10 Best Wine Travel Destination by Wine Enthusiast Magazine; and

WHEREAS, Virginia wineries and all agencies of Virginia state government encourage the safe and responsible consumption of all alcoholic beverages; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is for Wine Lovers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2017 as VIRGINIA WINE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.