SACRAMENTO, March 23, 2018 – California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) President John Aguirre has issued the following statement:
“President Trump’s decision to address United States trade issues by use of threats and increased tariffs risks undoing decades of work and investment to grow California wine exports. Last year, California wine exports totaled $1.28 billion, with China and Hong Kong accounting for nearly $145 million of that total.
“I urge President Trump to return our nation to a strategy of opening markets and resolving trade concerns through multilateral negotiations, like the Trans Pacific Partnership. The current path of tariffs and trade wars is sure to result in tremendous harm to California agriculture and future wine exports.”