Midwest Winery Rankings for 2013

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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6 Responses

  1. Laurie says:

    Great article,Mark.

    Thanks,again,for the coverage!

    • Mark Ganchiff says:


      Our pleasure, we appreciate the support of the best regional wineries, like Gill’s Pier in the B-U-tiful Leelanau Peninsula.

      Mark G.

  2. Just an FYI, the “wine trails” mentioned under Ohio are really not representative because they are managed by the “members only” group, the Ohio Wine Producers Association, and thus not valid for all Ohio wineries which are represented by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee.

    • Mark Ganchiff says:


      That’s a good point. In Ohio and other states, state wine assocations, like the Ohio Wine Producers Association, maintain websites for certain wine trails. For winetrails without websites and events calendars, it’s sometimes hard to determine how active the wine trails are. However, we did not want to leave anyone off the list.

  3. Irv Geary says:

    FYI, MN now has its newest wine trail that is actually an intra-state with WI. Three MN wineries and two WI.