CA Winegrape Growers Declare California Wine Country an Independent State
The California Association Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has long supported California’s wine industry. They’ve backed programs dedicated to sustainable wine grape growing, vineyard wildlife habitat restoration, pest management and community relations. Now the CAWG has launched a “Declaration of Independence” for California.
Like the United States breaking away from England, the CAWG’s declaration seeks to separate California’s wine country from the rest of the United States. The CAWG wants to position California along side the major wine producing countries; France, Spain and Italy.
According to CAWG president Karen Ross, “The goal is to remind consumers what California has to offer: the many growing areas of California Wine Country, the diversity of varietals, price points and value, and all the smart, innovative people involved in the business.”
To bring about awareness, the CAWG has launched a website, called One Nation Under Vines, to further their cause. The newly launched website highlights the major wine regions (which they designates as states in the country), but does not go into any detail of them besides their general location. Hopefully there will be more to come.
One Nation Under Vines hopes to feature “beyond wine” information, which includes accommodations, restaurants, attractions and festivals. This is a major step in establishing California as its own independent entity. There is much more to wine country than just wine.
If there is any region in the United States that could break away, it would be California. The Wine Institute states that California is the fourth largest producer of wine worldwide. The CAWG felt it was time for California to take its place as a force in the international wine industry.