A group of Wisconsin vineyard owners is forming a new association for those interested in growing grapes. The Wisconsin Grape Grower's Association officially launched this week. Executive director Anna Maenner says a growing national interest in wine has led people to try raising their own grapes and experiment with wine making.
She says about 100 people attended an organizational meeting last year, and an invitation to join the association has been sent to 225 grape growers in Wisconsin. Maenner says most of her group's potential members don't have their own wineries but some sell grapes to Wisconsin's three dozen or so wineries. She says it's not a big source of income for most at the moment, but some hope it will become a viable business.