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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

  • Traminette

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

  • Chambourcin

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery

    Little did Robert and Joyce Lawlor know back in the early 1970’s what their passion for winemakin...

  • Starview Vineyard

    StarView Vineyards is home to a family owned and operated vineyard and winery. Located in rural ...

  • Hidden Lake Winery

    Hidden Lake Winery and Banquet Center was inspired by the beauty and solitude of the "Silent Fore...

  • Spirit Knob Winery

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

  • Von Jakob Vineyard

    Von Jakob Vineyard welcomes you and yours. We are "Little Germany" located on the Shawnee Nationa...

  • Mary Michelle Winery & Vineyard

    In designing the winery at Mary Michelle, one question was asked. What facilities do we need to p...

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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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • 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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  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being so kind to me ... me ... stranded in southern Illinois . My husband is a software engineer and I am the last of a dying breed, better known as a housewife. We have a nineteen yr old son in college and plan on moving to either Washington State or Colorado in a couple of years whe... Read More

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  • Cooper's Hawk White Blend American NV


    Floral on the nose and a bit sweet on the palate. A party favorite!! Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Mark, glad you found a winner in the back of the cellar competition, I ... ... lately (see post on a 2003 Illinois zin-chambourcin that I used as a drain cleaner).RBA, like VA, we NC'ers also have plenty of misses (in NC there's more misses than hits) when it comes to local wineries, although both states have come a really long way wrt wine qu... Read More

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  • JD, you mean besides me obviously.Just ordered these from two different wine ... ... (of all things) a 2003 Illinois wine made from Zin and Chambourcin. This was one of the gifts I was given for helping a neighbor clear out her recently departed husband's wine stash. I didn't need to but I did take a sip, the rest went down the drain. I imagi... Read More

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  • Umm.... I think RBA may have been hacked here as well.   "Champaign" as in Illinois or France?  Read More

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  • Welcome George,What varieties are you trying from California?  If ... ... state if you can get them in Illinois.  Greg gave a good analogy.  It takes time to absorb all the information and be able to recall it to make informed decisions.  I'm the furthest thing from a knowledgeable wine person, but I know when Greg mentions St. Emillion, it's ... Read More

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