The Federal TTB announced yesterday that the Wisconsin Ledge AVA has been approved. Steve DeBaker of Trout Springs Winery in Greenleaf, WI spent seven years convincing the TTB that the 44 square mile AVA was worthy of this special geographic wine producing designation. For any AVA to be used on the label, 85% of grapes must come from within the AVA boundaries, or if the wine is a varietal, 75% of the named varietal must be from the AVA. For more information on the Wisconsin Ledge AVA, please see the October 30, 2011 story in the Wisconsin section of Midwest Wine Press.
Wisconsin Ledge AVA approved
Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.