The problem many potential wine makers face is finding the ideal conditions that will grow the best grapes possible in order to create wines that have exceptional flavors. A look on the map makes it apparent that there just are not as many vineyards in the Midwest as there are along the coasts and this is because many grapes just do not grow as well in the middle part of the country.
But scientists at the University of Illinois are working to develop hybrid grapes that are a cross between naturally growing varieties paired with types used to make exceptional wine. The hopes are that the hybrid grapevines will better withstand the colder winters while still producing great tasting wines in the summer.
Research is also trying to extend to other areas of grape cultivation as well and pest control methods are being looked into to better harvests. While there are a few wineries in the Midwest that produce wonderful wines that visitors can use to fill up their Envoy Wine Tote, the hopes are high that the research being conducted will lead to more wineries in the area. More wineries in the Midwest would improve tourism and help local economies grow and give wine lovers more alternatives to choose from.