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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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chambourcin

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

  • Traminette

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Illinois View all

  • Prairie State Winery

    One time school teachers, Rick and Maria Mamoser decided to forgo the long commute into the subur...

  • Glunz Family Winery

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

  • Village Vintner Winery

    Welcome to The Village Vintner Winery, a fully functional winery located in the heart of Carpente...

  • Hill Prairie Winery

    This is the story of why we chose Hill Prairie as the name for our winery and the history before ...

  • Hopewell Winery

    Hopewell Winery is located along the Mississippi River Valley  on the west central edge of Ilin...

  • Lynfred Winery

    Founded by Fred and Lynn Koehler, in Roselle, Illinois in October, 1979, Lynfred Winery is the ol...

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