More Illinois wineries, less Illinois wine

Go figure. The number of wineries in Illinois has risen to 91 from 68 in 2005, but overall production is down.

According to the Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association, annual production fell from 500,000 gallons to 367,000 in the same period, according to the latest statistics available.

"Initially, there was a lot of overproduction, so there was kind of a correction to meet the demand,” said Megan Presnall, association marketing director.

The study also noted a lower-yield crop in 2007 contributing to the decline.

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