State Recognizes Wine and Grape Industry During May

Governor cites vineyards and wineries as ‘key component’ of Michigan tourism

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed May 2021 to be Michigan Wine Month.

Her proclamation says the state’s “excellent vineyards and wineries are a key component of Michigan’s tourism and agricultural industries.”

According to the Michigan Wine Collaborative (MWC), the state’s wine industry — with some 170 wineries as well as additional tasting rooms and makers of wine — has an economic impact totaling $5.4 billion in the state of Michigan. That includes providing 47,000-plus jobs equaling $1.8 billion in wages, according to a 2017 study conducted by John Dunham & Associates.

The theme of 2021 Michigan Wine Month is “Michigan Wine For All.”

“The Michigan Wine Collaborative is committed to increasing inclusion and expanding those numbers and our industry,” says Executive Director Emily Dockery.

Michigan Wine Month is also dedicated to educating consumers across Michigan and beyond about Michigan wines and the industry’s potential. Many wineries are holding special events and offering Michigan Wine Month promotions and discounts.

The Collaborative is also striving to inspire Michigan wine consumers to consider careers in the state’s wine industry with a new jobs component at its website.

As a new season begins, visitors are encouraged to visit Michigan’s tasting rooms. The Collaborative reminds consumers to do so safely, socially distanced and masked up.

Find out more at the Michigan Wine Collaborative website.

 

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