Hidden Lake Winery

(618) 228-9005 10580 Wellen Road
Aviston, IL 62216
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Hidden Lake Winery and Banquet Center was inspired by the beauty and solitude of the "Silent Forest". This wooded haven has been acquired by our family over the past 10 years. After residing here and developing the property, we wish to share this unique venue with our guests. Here is some of the story of our winery. Long known to those in this part of Clinton County who hunt deer and search for wild mushrooms, Silent Forest lore abounds. We have been told of a bootlegger still located back in these woods that dodged the "revenuers" in the early 1900's. Roaming Indian spirits have been said to be seen at night, and every evening is full of the sounds of nature made by the frogs, crickets, owls, and distant coyotes. This "Silent Forest" continues to enchant and entertain guests at Hidden Lake Winery. – Description from Kursulla

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  • Concord

    Concord started out as a chance hybrid between vitis vinifera and vitis labrusca. It was first introduced in 1843 by ...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Steuben

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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