According to the Ottawa Times, Mark Wenzel, owner of August Hill Winery and the Illinois Sparkling Company, has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Illinois Small Business Development Center. As reported in Midwest Wine Press, Wenzel was among the first in the country to use hybrid wine grapes to make premium sparkling wines. Illinois Sparking is a leading example of the “new American viticulture” that is changing the wine industry.
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.