By Steve Ayers, Verde News
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It is a known fact that wine gives more than it takes.
And it does so for a very long time.
The vineyards of Europe have sustained wine-based economies, mostly in rural areas with few other opportunities, for centuries. Those economies have survived fire, plague and world war -- recessions, depressions and the crusades.
If any industry outside of arms manufacturing is bullet-proof, it is wine.
In addition to its economic resiliency, it has done something few industries have done over the years. It has preserved landscapes, ways of life and cultures.
In a world that finds it increasingly difficult to manage growth, stabilize economies and maintain a sense of community, wine has shown it can act as a preservative.
Vineyards are the poster children of what the good life looks like, and because of the substantial investment they represent in both time and money, they can act as a bulwark against what modernization continues to strip away.
Just as the winemakers realized 10 years ago that the Verde Valley has all the attributes to make world-class wines, the rest of the non-winemaking valley is beginning to see that such an industry has huge advantages. More