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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Starview Vineyard

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

  • Lasata Wines

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

  • Glunz Family Winery

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

  • Ravissant Winery

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

  • Mary Michelle Winery & Vineyard

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

  • Village Vintner Winery

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

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  • You got it in one, Fox.I actually think it's a decent show, poking its head ... ... to prison is governor of Illinois by this time in the story, and his 'good wife' has been resisting but in this episode has just acquiesced to pressure to run for state's attorney because the incumbent is a fairly complete douche, with the actor playing the char... Read More

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  • Galena Cellars Winery Proprietor S Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Rouge NV

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    Wine review by kaguru


  • Illinois Cellars Norton 2008

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    We love Norton and this is so good and so affordable it makes me wonder if it is something else in disguise! Read More

    Wine review by nortonette


  • Illinois Sparkling Company Frontenac Bride of Freak of Nature

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    Never thought an Illinois wine could be that good! Read More

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Sorry I was Christmas cookie baking. I live in the suburbs of Chicago and yes ... we actually have some small Illinois vineyards.  My favorite red is Lyndfreds 2010 merlot.   Lyndred winery is a small winery in Roselle Illinois.  I also have experienced the Temmecula Wineries in Temmecula California.  Wilson Winery and South Coast are my favor... Read More

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  • Cooper's Hawk Pinot Noir American 2007

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    Wine review by danalmoyer


  • Cooper's Hawk Malbec 2006

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    Wine review by danalmoyer


  • Hello!  My name is Susan Lusher, and I work for PRP Wine ... 12 friends!  Since in Illinois we legally have to charge for wine samples, there is a $49 fee.  This includes the wine and my time, and any wine that's left over in the bottle at the end of the tasting is yours to keep!  You and I will talk about what your wine preferences are and I w... Read More

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  • Creekside Vineyards Front Porch Traminette NV

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    Lemon yellow in color; muskmelon and lemon aromas; melon, gooseberry and lemon flavors; medium mouthfeel; lingering finish. Read More

    Wine review by Kovas 50 States Of Wine


  • Prairie State Pumpkin Wine

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    Can taste the pumpkin. Sweet which I like. Just like pumpkin pie! Read More

    Wine review by caigner1


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