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      MU awaits state funding for teaching winery

      The University of Missouri-Columbia has raised half of the $3 million it needs to build a teaching winery.

      The Columbia Missourian reports that the university now is seeking matching money from the state for the facility. Plans calls for a research building and wine and food education facility to be added in later phases.

      Wine and Grape Research Committee chairman Tony Kooyumjian says the proposed teaching winery would be a commercial winery. It would replace a much smaller, experimental winery. The goal is for students to make and bottle more than 2,000 cases of wine yearly; the current facility produces 100 cases at most a year.

      Kooyumjian says he hopes to break ground in spring 2015 with completion that fall.