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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Great Reasons to Visit California Wine Country

Wine Lovers will be popping corks at festivals, savoring special tastings, wine immersion events and tours across the state in September celebrating the month-long California Wine Month.

This is the best time of year to visit wine country when the vineyards and wineries are creating their next great vintage and celebrating with dozens of special events and activities.

This September, wine-loving consumers will flock to wineries and festivals across the state to see their favorite winemakers and get in on the harvest action themselves.

From picking and crushing grapes to events, VIP tours, tastings and concerts, vintners in many of California's 116 diverse winegrowing regions offer ways for people – from beginners to experts – to enjoy the state's signature beverage. 
"Governor Brown proclaims California Wine Month in September to recognize how much the wine industry contributes to our state's economy, culture and lifestyle.  With so many celebrations and events taking place, and all the action of the annual harvest, it's the perfect time to visit," said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, president and CEO of Wine Institute, which created California Wine Month nine years ago. "As the leading wine and food destination in the U.S., producing 90 percent of our nation's wine and over 40 percent of its fruits and vegetables, California offers excellent wines and fresh, creative cuisine to go with them."

No time to put the top down and visit the wine trails? No problem! Take a California Wines Road Trip in one stop on September 21 at the Wine Institute's official California Wine Month celebration at San Francisco's Ferry Building. Guests can taste more than 100 California wines from 12 regions with artisanal cheeses and salumi. Attendees can also enter to win one of several trips for two to California wine country.

Go to www.discovercaliforniawines.com for more information on wine regions, wines and winery amenities to plan your trip.

For more information about top events in California take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in California.