Starting a Winery

Click here to review the document “Starting a Winery in Illinois: Profile and Business Plan Workbook”

Government Regulation

Federal Tax and Trade Bureau: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) collects Federal excise taxes on alcohol and to assures compliance with Federal alcohol permitting, labeling, and marketing requirements to protect consumers. Sign up to get email updates by clicking on this link.

Illinois Liquor Control Commission
The ILCC is the Illinois regulatory agency who handles all licensing, compliance and enforcement issues. Enter your email at the top right corner of this site to sign up for tips, news, and event updates from the ILCC.

Illinois Department of Revenue
 The tax collection agency for the state of Illinois and for local governments

United States Department of Patent and Trademark Office



Illinois General Assembly: Provides updated status of legislation and laws in the Illinois House and Senate.

WineAmerica: The mission of WineAmerica is to encourage the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy. With more than 600 members, WineAmerica serves the interests of wineries in all 50 states by leveraging its formidable grassroots lobbying strength to benefit the entire industry.



Wine Institute: Although this site is for Calilfornia winemakers, you can find useful information on other state’s liquor laws as well as information on the industry.

Bauerhouse Design Blog: This Illinois marketing company’s blog provides helpful information on marketing your winery. Enter your email on the home page to receive monthly tips.

Northern Grapes Project: Viticulture, enology, and marketing for cold-hardy grapes. Website includes educational webinars.

University of Minnesota Grape Breeding Program for Cold-Hardy Cultivars

Fermentation and Yeast Management

Harvest Timing

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