It’s California Wine Month! This marks the seventh consecutive year that the state has recognized September as the month to celebrate California wine. According to Governor Jerry Brown’s statement, “Our state’s wineries create jobs for 330,000 Californians and revenue from retail sales of $18.4 billion, including $1.14 billion in exports sales to 122 countries.”
That’s a hefty dose for the California economy!
A few other fun facts about the California wine industry:
- California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world
- The state grows grapes in 48 out of 58 counties, and has 112 declared American Viticultural Areas (AVAs)
- More than 90% of all wine produced in the U.S. comes from California
So raise a glass of California wine and toast the state that put American winemaking on the map.