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Illinois: third winery planned in central state.

Owners of a 214-year-old maple syrup operation hope to open the third winery in Central Illinois by 2006 at Funks Grove. Mike and Debby Funk, who operate Funks Grove Pure Maple Syrup, are planning to build a winery and grow grapes on about 3 acres just off Route 66. The winery will have a tasting room, and long-term plans include a reception facility for weddings that will be conducted at Funks Grove Chapel of the Trees. The Funks are testing vines on one-quarter acre, and hope to grow the grapes organically, a challenge in the hot and humid area. The Funks join Paul Hahn of Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery at Mackinaw, and Wally Furrow of Furrow Vineyard and Winery at El Paso in the area.

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Title Annotation:The Midwest
Publication:Wines & Vines
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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