A Guide to the
Wineries & Vineyards of the
Mississippi River Valley
NEWS UPDATE: The
Upper Mississippi River Wineries designated as the largest regional AVA in
[Alto Pass] [ Galena] [Pomona]
[ Red Bud ] [ Cobden ]
[ More Wineries along the Great River
"This is a Midwest niche market," Mark
Renzaglia tells me as we sit near the vines at Alto Pass. "The Midwestern wineries
are not competing with the California wines, for example. It's hard to compete with
traditions already firmly established--the traditions of places like France, California,
Italy or Australia. We compete very well with the Missouri and other Midwestern
Click on a green grape (or one of the towns above) for
name, address, and phone number of a fine Illinois winery nearest your home or
Enjoy Illinois Wines!
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recreation, and history along the Mississippi River.
Galena Cellars Winery
515 S. Main Street, PO Box 207
Galena, IL 61036
815-777-3330 or 800-397-WINE
New! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and
visit our website at galenacellars.com !
Located in the historic lead mining town of Galena, IL. Open daily at 9
am except major holidays. Family blends, ferments and ages, 18 award winning table and
fruit wines. Offers tasting, tours and a wide array of wine accessories. Visit
Boone's Restaurant on second floor featuring our Galena Wines.
NOW OPEN - The Vineyard Tasting Room, open Fridays, Saturdays and
Sundays - June - October. Relax on the deck and enjoy a glass of wine and our spectacular
panoramic country views.
Travel Tip: Historic Galena, Illinois,
presents an architectural pastry to the traveler. The beautiful Victorian homes of Galena
are open to the public as bed and breakfast inns and a plethora of antique shops. The home
of Ulysses S. Grant is open for tours.
Lau-Nae Winery, Inc.
1522 State Route 3
Red Bud, Illinois 62278
Phone or Fax: 618-282-9463 Email us: email@example.com
Visit our Web Site at Lau-NaeWinery.com
Our winery is located approximately 35 minutes from downtown
St. Louis on Illinois State Route 3, just 1/2 mile west of Red Bud in historic
Randolph County. Sample the wines in our tasting room, tour the wine cellar or
sit in the rocking chairs on our wide front porch and enjoy a glass of our wine. All wines are made in our wine cellar.
Etched wine bottles and personalized labels are available for
all special occasions. Look for hand painted wine glasses and ostrich eggs by a
local artist in our gift shop. Also DISCOVER! Guides, homemade crafts, candles
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 Noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays
Travel Tip: This
area is rich in French heritage. French immigrants settled Red Bud around 1835
followed by German immigrants around 1850. Red Bud was an important stop on the
stagecoach line between Belleville, Kaskaskia, Chester and St. Louis. The first
state capitol of Illinois (Kaskaskia) is located in Randolph County along with
the Fort de Chartres Historic Site.
Fox Creek Vineyards
5502 N Fox Rd
Olney, IL 62450
Phone: (618) 392-0418
Fax: (618) 392-0418
We are located in the Southeastern Illinois countryside amid the low rolling
hills of the old orchard country of Richland county. Once the center of the
apple and peach growing industry, this area is ideal for the growing of
French-American hybrid wine grapes (with one major reservation--late Spring
freezes). The soils and the intense summer heat allow the making of wines with
very pronounced fruity flavors.
Our hand crafted wines are produced without fineing, stabilizing, or the use
of ion exchange resins. Filtration is done sparingly so as to retain the natural
aromas and flavors.Please take a moment to browse the pages of our site and familiarize
yourself with the fine wines we offer. Once you find one to your liking, click
the "Order Form" link to the left of the screen.
2865 Hickory Ridge Road
Pomona, IL 62975
The Pomona Winery, located deep in the Shawnee Forest west of
Pomona, Illinois, specializes in award winning wines made from southern Illinois
fruit. The tasting room and picnic areas in a beautiful sylvan setting are open
April through December: Mon-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 12 to 5 p.m.,
March: Weekends only.
(Jan 1- April 1) are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday
Directions: Take Hwy 127 to 4 miles south of
Murphysboro or 4 miles north of Alto Pass and follow the signs.
Travel Tip: The River to River Trail
from Grand Tower to Battery Rock on the Ohio River is a hiker and horse rider's dream!
Considered to pass through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Midwest. There are
seven "wilderness trails" throughout the Shawnee National Forest.
October 14-15, 2000 Octoberfest Festival at the Pomona Winery. Food, Wine
November 24-26, 2000 Holiday Open House at the Pomona Winery. Wine tasting
and release of new wines.
Von Jakob Vineyard
Visit Little Germany in the Heart of the Illinois Ozarks!
1309 Sadler Road
Pomona, Illinois 62975
Taste award-winning wines, like dry white Cave Creek and sweet White Oak
Port, or Honey Blush--unique to Von Jakob Vineyard. Enjoy our new 1200 square-foot Atrium
(spring 1999), Tasting Room and Gift Shop year around. Bring a picnic lunch, sit on our
deck, walk through our vineyards to the pond. We know you'll find us a great place to
relax and get away from it all!
Hours (year around): Thursday, Friday, Saturday &
Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Travel Tip: The Pomona Natural Bridge Recreation Area offers
just one of many nature trails set in the hills and hollows of the Shawnee National
Forest. A short .3 mile foot trail leads to a 90-foot natural bridge that arches 25 feet
above a small stream. Call 618-658-2111 to request maps and other info.
Located in scenic Alto Pass, Illinois, Alto Vineyards is the largest
vineyard and winery in Southern Illinois producing a variety of award-winning wines.
Tasting room and retail sales. For more information on our wines, please visit our
Monday through Saturday 10a.m. - 5 p.m. Year Around
Sunday 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Closed New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas
Travel Tips: Alto Pass is
the home of the famous Bald Knob Cross, with antique shops and a Bed and
Breakfast. Surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest with great hiking,
sightseeing, hunting, horseback riding and biking.
Owl Creek Vineyard was established in December
1995. It is located in beautiful Southern Illinois, 4 1/2 miles south of Giant City State
Park, near Carbondale.
Hours: May to December, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to
January to April, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday or call ahead for
an appointment. DIRECTIONS: From Carbondale, Illinois, take US Route 51 south toward Anna.
At Mile Marker 16.55 turn east (left) onto Water Valley Road. Go 2 1/2 miles staying to
the right at each fork.
Travel Tip: The Makanda boardwalk craft
shops, regional antique stores and bed and breakfasts, fantastic hiking trails and scenic
countryside surround the winery.
Vineyard and Winery
5100 Wing Hill Road
Cobden, Illinois 62920
Phone 618-893-WINE or EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winghill Vineyard and Winery, the newest
winery on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, is located in a large red barn and
features a tasting room/gift shop that is combined with an art gallery for
talented local artisans. Winghill is home to over twenty peacocks of the India
Blue and pure white varieties. Wine selections are made from chardonel, niagara,
vignole, chambourcin, cynthiana and concord grapes, all of which are grown on
our 6.25 acre vineyard.
Hours: Open year round. Tasting room/gallery hours are
12 noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Tours and tastings available through
the week by appointment only. Directions: 3.5 miles east of new
US Route 51 on Wing Hill Road or 5.2 miles west of Interstate 57, (at exit 36 go
west on Lick Greek Road 0.6 miles and follow the winery arrows.)
The towns of Jonesboro and Anna are located south of Cobden. A marker at the
Historic Fairgrounds in Jonesboro commemorates the third of seven debates
between Abe Lincoln and Stephen A Douglas in 1856.
Visit our bookstore!
along America's Great River Road!
Vineyards & Winery
16008 Pine Tree Rd
Highland, Wisconsin 53543
608-929-7692 or 800-236-5555
Email Us! email@example.com
Enjoy a wide variety of grape wines from over 10 different varieties of
our own grapes, as well as strawberry, cherry, cranberry, and mead (honey) wines.
Extensive half-hour tour of winery & underground cellars. Wine tastings. Open daily
from April thru December 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from February thru March.
Located between Muscoda and Highland on County Hwy Q.
Travel Tip: Visit our Annual
Harvest Festival the Saturday and Sunday of
Columbus Day Weekend! Home of the Ruby Lady.
101 Coffee St. W.
Historic Downtown Lanesboro, Minnesota 55949
Great Fruit Wines: Rhubarb, Raspberry, Apple, Wild Grape, Wild Plum
Cooking Wines: Green Pepper and Onion
Tastings, Gift Items, Shipping UPS.
Travel Tip: Historic Lanesboro,
located among the bluffs of the Root River, anchors the western leg of the Root River
State Bike Trail. The trail is used by bikers and hikers during the summer months and
snowmobilers and skiers during the winter. Shuttles are available to both bikers and
canoers on the Root River.