You would think that, living in Illinois, our state's wineries would be the first we'd visit. But it hasn't turned out that way. Since we vacation mostly in Southwest Michigan, we've had better opportunities there. As parents of four children, with the attendant schools, music lessons, sports, and everything else, it's hard to find time in our every day lives to visit an Illinois winery. That will change this year!
The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association are the ones to welcome you to Illinois Wine Country, with resources for those in the trade, the media, and also the public.
There are more than 90 wineries and 450 vineyards across the state. Many of them are conveniently clustered near one of six wine trails, allowing you to discover a variety of wines in just one trip.
The experiences offered visitors are diverse; ranging from the quaint bed and breakfast vineyard in the rolling hills of Southern Illinois to larger wineries offering classes, tours, tastings and even on-site chefs.
Yet all are united in a genuine passion and pride in creating hand-crafted wines and delivering a sophisticated yet approachable wine country experience.
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