Illinois Wineries & Winery Tours

Wine making has been a part of Illinois history since the 1700s, but in the last decade, the industry has taken off and made Illinois one of the top twelve wine producing states in the country. Before prohibition, Illinois was a top producer of wine in the country. When prohibition started, Illinois wineries were forced to stop production.

In 1979, new vineyards were planted to take advantage of the growing interest in wine that took root in the 1970s. Since that time, Illinois wineries have been enjoying increasing demand for their wines. This interest in wine production in Illinois has resulted in almost seventy wineries throughout the state.

The vineyards and wineries have created a booming industry in the area that includes bed and breakfast establishments and local artisans and crafters. The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail features twelve local Illinois wineries that are open for tours and visitors. The wine trail is thirty miles and includes the wineries, bed and breakfasts, antique shops, and places for travelers to stop and enjoy the cuisine of the region.

Each of the Illinois wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail are family owned businesses that offer serious wine lovers a chance to taste the wines of the region.

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Many of the wineries in Illinois are conveniently located in one of the six wine trails in the state. Along with the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, wine lovers can spend time exploring the Wabash Valley Wine Trail, the Southern Illinois Wine Trail, the Heartland Rivers Wine Trail, Illinois River Wine Trail and the Northern Illinois Wine Trail. The six wine trails in the state will keep visitors coming back again and again to explore a different region of the state and the wineries located in that area.

Visitors can take their time exploring one trail after another as they discover the charming local wineries and the surrounding businesses.

Ameo Vineyards

400 North Mill Street

Greenup IL 62428

(217)923-9963

Bella Terra Winery

755 Parker City Rd

Creal Springs, IL 62922

(618) 658-8882

Fox Creek Vineyards

5502 N Fox Rd

Olney, IL 62450

(618) 392-0418

Goat Tower Winery

1300 E Rte 40

Casey, IL 62420

(217) 932-2073

Two Oaks Vineyard

13231 Bowling Alley Road

Benton IL 62812

(618)435-3821

www.twooaksvineyard.com

Vineyard Food Pantry

803 East Kettering Park Drive

Urbana IL 61801

(217)384-3076

Von Jakob Vineyard

1309 Sadler Road

Pomona IL 62975

(618)893-4500

www.vonjakobvineyard.com