DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Raise your glasses, it's officially Wine Month in Oregon.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed a proclamation earlier this year, declaring May of 2012 Wine Month.
This is in recognition of the industry's rapid growth, reputation for quality and huge contribution to the state's economy. "It's the very first time it's been declared Wine Month in Oregon," said Chris Lake, a viticulture instructor.
"We've been producing great wine for a long time in Oregon," he said. "When you look here in Roseburg, you see Hill Crest winery came here in the early 60's. But I think this is part of the evolution and growth of the industry."
Kitzhaber has also said that wine is part of Oregon's identity.
There are 420 wineries and 850 vineyards throughout the state, which equals about 13,500 jobs.