Illinois Reduces Funding for Wine Industry

Mark Ganchiff

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.

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  1. Lee M. Rife says:

    I am saddened to hear that the monies to support a State Enologist were cut. The industry needs to find another source of funding (and a special tax on wine is not the answer, since the General Assembly can and does sweep special funds regularly), as having someone who has credentials in winemaking and who can offer advice to any of the 129 wineries is essential for the growth of the industry. It is time to think and look for alternative ways of funding; perhaps developing a foundation of some sort to prepetually fund education and research to make sure the industry thrives. Let’s just keep government out of it.

    I speak as someone who had a small part of getting the Illinois Wine Industry up and running. I retired from the Illinois Department of Agriculture over 13 years ago. At that time there were 13 wineries in the state, and to see the growth that has taken place is most gratifying. Please don’t kill the industry so we can plant more corn and soybeans!

    Lee M. Rife
    Springfield

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