Illinois Wine Country
Somewhere between the scenic vineyards, tasting rooms and wine trails, it hits you: Illinois really does have a wine country. Throughout the state, you’ll find more than 100 wineries and vineyards, each one with its own personality. Here are just a few of the many ways to savor the wine, food and stunning settings of Illinois Wine Country.
Raise Your Glass
Toast your time together at wine events happening around the state.
If you’re looking for those times when wineries get a bit more festive, then consider a visit during the fall harvest. That’s when the festivals and events here are in full swing. Of course, it doesn’t take much to trigger a celebration at a winery. There are plenty of year-round events featuring everything from fine cuisine and local artwork to spirited grape stomps.
Wineries by Region
Explore wine trails, vineyards and wineries dotted throughout Illinois.
Chicago & Beyond
Experience a Chicago wine scene that extends into the suburbs, or venture out even further for wide-open vineyards.See Wineries Here
Great Rivers Country
Discover vineyards and wineries that are every bit as charming as the nearby river towns.See Wineries Here
Land of Lincoln
Top off a day exploring Abe Lincoln’s legacy with wine tastings at nearby vineyards and wineries.See Wineries Here
Trails to Adventure
The Shawnee Hills region, with its unique grape-growing climate and AVA designation, produces wines that are distinctly Illinois.See Wineries Here
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
Savor your way through southern Illinois.
Tucked in the rolling hills of southern Illinois you’ll find the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. This is Illinois Wine Country at its finest, home to a dozen wineries within 30 miles of each other. Sample a few wineries by day, or settle into a vineyard B&B and explore the whole trail. Either way, you’ll come away saying, “Where has this place been hiding?”
Blue Sky Vineyard
A Taste of Tuscany
Who says you have to go to Italy to sip wine in a villa?
You have to hand it to the folks at Blue Sky. Their replica of a Tuscan villa looks like it’s straight out of a travel magazine. Yet it seems right at home nestled in the rolling hills of southern Illinois. In the tasting room you’ll find exposed brick, stained glass and plenty of Old World touches. Even the overnight suites have a Tuscan feel to them. The only thing missing is an Italian accent from the pourer.GO HERE
Scooter to a Vineyard
Sometimes it’s not just where you go, but how you go.
It’s the little things you remember most about a trip. Like taking a scooter ride on a lonely road that twists and turns its way to Galena Cellars Vineyard. Could you drive there instead? Sure, but where’s the fun in that? Plus, the pic you’ll get pulling up to a vineyard on a scooter is worth the price of the rental, alone.DO THIS
Find more ways to enjoy wine in Illinois.
Explore more than 100 wineries and vineyards found throughout Illinois. For you foodies, discover restaurants that feature some of the best wine lists in the state.