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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