Virginia Cider Week


WHEREAS, cider was once 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 currently the 6th largest apple producing state by acreage in the United States, supporting an existing industry in the Commonwealth geared toward strengthening a new Virginia economy; and

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

WHEREAS, the sales of cider nationwide have grow an average of 73% each year over the past five years; and

WHEREAS, agriculture in the Commonwealth is the state’s largest industry, with an economic impact of $52 billion annually; 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; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 14 – 23, 2014, as VIRGINIA CIDER WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.