Illinois Wine Census Starts When 2012 Ball Drops
The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA) has won a USDA grant to conduct a census of the state’s vineyards and wineries according to Megan Pressnall, the IGGVA’s Director of External Relations. The last similar survey was conducted in 2007. During January, 500 questionnaires will be mailed by the IGGVA and the Illinois Field Office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service to all known wineries and grape growers in Illinois. The survey is expected to be completed during May, said Pressnall. Results of the survey will then be used to do an economic impact study on the Illinois wine industry which should be completed in 2012. In 1997, there were just 12 wineries in Illinois. Pressnall said that the number of Illinois wineries has grown to over 90 during 2011 with at least five new wineries opening this year.