Gov. Jerry Brown has proclaimed September as California Wine Month to recognize the contributions of growers and vintners.
The state is home to more than 4,600 grape growers and 3,400 bonded wineries, which produce 90 percent of the wine made in the United States. The wine industry draws an estimated 20.7 million tourists to visit California every year, Brown said in the proclamation.
"Our state's wineries create jobs for 330,000 Californians and revenue from retail sales of $18.4 billion, including $1.14 billion in export sales to 122 countries," Brown said.
To mark the month, wineries, growers and trade groups are hosting a variety of consumer wine events, including special tastings, harvest tours, wine education classes and wine and food festivals. To find an updated listing of events, visit www.discovercaliforniawine.com.
— Press Democrat staff