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If current trends continue, grapes just might conquer the Land of Lincoln! The number of acres under vine in Illinois has exploded by more than 500% since 1997, and the number of wineries has more than quadrupled over the past 10 years to close to forty. Illinois is full of sloping hills and rich loamy soil, an excellent base for grapes. Most wineries are clustered in southern Illinois, where they benefit from long sunny days. The obstacles to these vineyards are the long, harsh winters and the use of pesticide 2,4-D in surrounding agricultural areas. With the number of wineries and vineyard acreage soaring, producers are focusing on the things they do well. They continue to nurture their highly-successful French hybrids, which rank as the top six varietals planted in the state. They also continue to lobby for government investment, to promote wine-related tourism and to increase wine awareness. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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Varietals Produced in Illinois View all

  • Chambourcin

    Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Va...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Traminette

    This white wine-producing hybrid, a cross of Gewurztraminer and Joannes Seyve 23-416, produces excellent quality wine...

Popular Wineries in Illinois View all

  • Glunz Family Winery

    We are producers of small batch fortified wines including: Vintage & Tawny Port, Oak Aged Angel...

  • Lavender Crest Winery

    For three years, Wilbert and Martha Rittmueller visited various Midwest and New York wineries. Th...

  • Ravissant Winery

    The masterful combining of Old World winemaking techniques with the best New World grapes grown i...

  • Cooper's Hawk

    Guests can view the entire winemaking process through the windows to our inemaking facilities. E...

  • Spirit Knob Winery

    # How long has Spirit Knob Winery been in business? Vineyard was started in 1999 and winery was e...

  • Lasata Wines

    Lasata is an Indian word meaning a place of peace. Our winery is located in a peaceful wooded set...

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  • Wine searcher has a new article on UPS and FedEx they are allowed from ... ... cracking down o New York and Illinois. Florida, Texas Michigan,Ohio and Michigan are on fedex list already that cannot receive wine from a retailer. I have received several notices from National online distributors that will no longer ship to Texas, this is all caus... Read More

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  • Hey, half of Brooklyn used to get their grapes brought in from CA and they made ... I haven't had any from Illinois thoug Read More

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  • GREGT - Haven't kept up with the latest of Cornell, but remember reading ... ... white wines made in so. Illinois and even here we have 1 or 2 that are pretty good.  Most of the reds are made from or blended with foch. Read More

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  • "One thing Indiana and Illinois did better than Cali when I was a kid was corn.  My uncle from downstate Illinois would call our corn "field corn," the kind they gave to the cows and after I visited him, I had to agree." Still the same. Read More

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  • Galena Cellars Winery Vintage Red Rouge NV


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Blue Sky Vineyard Norton Shawnee Hills NV


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  • Big Terra NV


    Used it in a recipe calling for dry red wine. Had a sip. It will likely stay in the cupboard corked until I find another recipe calling for red wine. Why did I ever buy this? Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Cooper's Hawk White Blend American NV


    Like drinking watered down fermented fruit juice. Terrible Read More

    Wine review by Ganache

  • OUTTHERE , I laughed out loud and then was deeply touched by your little song ... "stinkweed spit" Illinois, the only thing I do like is the location of everything I need. Not much to do out here but most everything I need is just a hop , skip and a jump away. I cant wait to go. EMARK , I`ve had the Leese Fitch before and liked it pretty well ... Read More

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  • Thanks for continuing to follow up Red, and tell us more about yourself, you ... sure what's in Southern Illinois, though you can always buy on-line. K&L Wine Merchants from out here in CA is a great on-line store to browse through for example, and unlike us CA people, you won't have to pay tax. Hart Davis Hart out of Chicago focuses more on h... Read More

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