Tagged: Illinois Wine

Illinois Winter Wine Festival Adds Consumer Focus 2

Illinois Winter Wine Festival Adds Consumer Focus

Illinois’ major wine conference,  The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA) Winter Wine Festival, attracted over 250 attendees to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield from January 31st to February 2, 2013. This was...

A Memorial to Gary Orlandini, Southern Illinois Wine Pioneer 6

A Memorial to Gary Orlandini, Southern Illinois Wine Pioneer

Sometimes people ask “Why did you start Midwest Wine Press?” The answer is because the story is so good. Our Midwest wine industry was left for dead after Prohibition and it stayed moribund for...

Illinois Wineries Increase 36% Since 2006 0

Illinois Wineries Increase 36% Since 2006

According to new survey, wine production in Illinois increased by 16 percent during the past five years from 564,270 gallons in 2006 to 651,800 gallons in 2011. The number of wineries in the state...

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Champaign Illinois Takes On Champagne France

The German poet, Goethe said, ‘Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”  The quote has been prophetic for Illinois Sparkling Company. Illinois Sparkling has embarked on a bold move to create methode champenoise sparkling...

Drastically Lower Grape Yields Predicted for Some Midwest States 1

Drastically Lower Grape Yields Predicted for Some Midwest States

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released its first estimate of the United States grape harvest yield in its August Crop Production report.  Despite this year’s frosts that struck many states and the...

Drought Tipping Point: Vines Risk Long Term Damage 0

Drought Tipping Point: Vines Risk Long Term Damage

As the drought continues to worsen and temperatures across the Midwest exceed 100 degrees, viticulture experts warn that grape growers could face long-term vine damage. If there is no significant rain in the coming days,...

August Hill Winery Introduces Illinois Sparkling Co. 1

August Hill Winery Introduces Illinois Sparkling Co.

Continuing the hot trend of Midwest sparkling wine production, August Hill Winery in Utica, Illinois is introducing a brand of  traditional method sparkling wines called Illinois Sparkling Co.    Jill Joyce, Director of Brand and...