October 17, 2017

Acquaviva Winery’s Multi-Row Bird Netting

Aquaviva Winery is using bird netting that covers multiple rows at its 20 acre vineyard in Northeast Illinois on the outskirts of Chicagoland.   According to general manager, Joe Brandonisio,  only red grapes are covered with special bird netting that goes over multiple rows.The larger nets make is easier to get tractors down the rows, he said.  Vines also benefit from not being crimped by … [Read more...]

Illinois State Fair Wine Competition Results

Nearly 400 wines were presented at the Illinois State Fair Wine Competition in Springfield, Illinois which was held June 25 through June 27th.  Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery in Galena, Illinois captured three of the seven top awards.   When asked about Galena Cellar's strong showing at the Competition, winemaker Christine Lawlor said,  "We're pleased and and excited to be recognized, but it's … [Read more...]

Brianna Grape is Midwest’s New Tropical Fruit

When Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, Illinois petitioned the Tax and Trade Bureau during 2007 to use the name Brianna for their wine labels, they found that only one other winery had petitioned for the name.   From virtually anonymity just five years ago,  Brianna is now growing in popularity all over the Midwest.   Grape growers like this wine grape for its cold hardiness, surviving temperatures … [Read more...]