Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared September as “California Wine Month.”
In a proclamation, the Governor praised California’s wine community for strengthening the state’s economy and highlighting the ideal climate, beautiful scenery, geographic diversity and unparalleled expertise of its grape growers and vintners.
This is the third consecutive year that Governor Schwarzenegger has honored the state’s wine industry.
Each year, nearly 20 million tourists visit wine regions throughout the state to explore and enjoy the wines, the cuisine and cultural offerings associated with California’s signature industry.
California is home to more than 20 distinctive winegrowing regions and 107 American Viticultural Areas (or AVAs), which are designated winegrowing areas recognized by the federal government â€” the geographic designations you see on many wine bottle labels.
“We are pleased that the contributions of California’s vintners and winegrape growers are recognized by the Governor as a unique and special part of California,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President and CEO of the Wine Institute. “California is a spectacular place to grow and make wine, and the world leader in sustainable winegrowing practices.”
Wineries and wine trade organizations throughout the state are planning dozens of special events during September. A good resource for consumers interested in attending an event â€” in September, or any time of the year â€” is the following website: