Amended in Assembly March 7, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

House ResolutionNo. 9

Introduced by Assembly Member Daly

February 20, 2013

House Resolution No. 9—Relative to historic vineyards.

P1    1WHEREAS, California’s living and producing historic vineyards
2that were planted in the late 19th century through the mid-20th
3century still make a significant contribution to the state’s economy
4and reputation as a global wine growing region; and

5WHEREAS, Historic vineyards are found throughout California,
6east from the Sierra foothills and San Joaquin County, west to the
7Sonoma coast, north to Mendocino, and south to the Cucamonga
8Valley; and

9WHEREAS, Historic vineyards are beautiful andbegin delete irreplaceableend delete
10begin insert treasuredend insert survivors that have lived through the ravages of
11phylloxera, economic downturns, consumer popularity fluctuations,
12and in many cases, prohibition and world wars; and

13WHEREAS, These historic vineyards provide an important
14living repository for wine grape budwood and genetic material;

16WHEREAS, Historic vineyards often provide a living window
17on past vineyard practices including, but not limited to,
18head-trained vines and dry farming; and

19WHEREAS, The interplanted field blends of grape varieties
20that were a common practice of the immigrant farmers who planted
21California vineyards in the past characterize an era of agricultural
P2    1practice and impart wine attributes that are uniquely Californian;

3WHEREAS, Fragile older vines are often less productive than
4younger vines and can require special care to maintain; and

5WHEREAS, Most historic vineyards are family owned and exist
6by virtue of the passion of their caretakers; and

7WHEREAS, The wine made from California’s historic vineyards
8continues to delight wine lovers throughout the world and imparts
9prestige to the state as a place to live, work, and visit; now,
10therefore, be it

11Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the
12Assembly recognizes the contribution of California’s living historic
13vineyards to the agricultural and social heritage of the state as well
14as to the enjoyment of wine enthusiasts throughout California and
15the world; and be it further

16Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
17of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.