The Land of Lincoln is 18th among states in wine production, but it’s still a $5 billion-a-year business. Mark and Teri Wenzel converted some marginal corn and soybean land along the Illinois River at Peru to vineyards. It’s been a success for both still and sparkling wines. Mark tells Steve Alexander that the types of grapes and acidity of the soil make Illinois-made wine a great alternative to Napa Valley varieties.
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