Blog by Allie Ryan
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a glass of wine or two. Here at ILLINOISouth, we are home to a plethora of great wineries. Check out the wineries below to make your own wine trail!
Berryville Winery harmonizes with nature to cultivate premium wine grapes. Walk through the oak forests, picnic in the vineyards or wade in the creek, and stop in at the tasting room. The vineyard features fruit and grape wines from 20 varieties of grapes as well as raspberries, blackberries, and gooseberries.
Upcoming Events: Harvestfest 2019, October 12 (noon-7pm) & October 13 (noon-6pm)
$10 Admission includes souvenir wine glass and tastings. Minors admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Musical Performances by The Honey Vines, Lindsey James Williams, Alexandra Kay, & More!
Food Vendors: Nitro Food Service, Rolling Stone Pizza
Address: 1955 N Prairieton Rd., Claremont, Illinois
Located just off the National Road near the Covered Bridge, the winery is surrounded by 4,000 French American hybrid grapevines. The comfortable tasting room welcomes guests to settle in for a while.
Address: 400 Mill Rd, Greenup Illinois
Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery
Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery, located in beautiful Southern Illinois, just north of Carlyle offers a unique atmosphere for sipping wine and is the perfect complement to everyday celebrations as well as those special occasions. Wildlife Lodge & Winery is not for wine drinkers only, we offer something for everyone. Amazing food and host of other amenities such as a full bar, sand volleyball and phenomenal sunsets where you can relax with friends while sipping a glass of wine. Please look around and see for yourself why “It’s more than worth it…”
Not only can you sample fine local wines, but the restaurant serves first-rate barbecue. Banquet facilities are also available.
Address: 15469 IL-127, Carlyle Illinois
Crooked Creek Winery
Handcrafted Illinois wines are made in a peaceful, country setting. Open for tastings Fri, Sat & Sun afternoons. Recently 4 of 9 wine categories were won by Crooked Creek Winery in the STL Post-Dispatch Top Pours Awards! Also, a St. Louis A-List 2019 Winner of Best Winery.
Address: 24585 W 10th Street Rd, Centralia Illinois
Forsee Vineyards and Winery opened in Montgomery County, Illinois in early 2008. They offer guests several opportunities to share in our passion and enjoy the relaxing landscape. Surrounded by stately oaks, the Winery offers estate handcrafted wine in a serene country atmosphere. From the balcony, watch the grapes grow and wine being bottled.
Address: 18165 N 4th Ave., Coffeen, Illinois
Fox Creek Vineyards
Fox Creek Vineyards Company is a small, family-owned and operated winery with our own modest vineyard. They 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. This allows them to craft wines in the traditional styles that are a truly unique experience in full-flavored, fruity aromas, without the need for heavy oaking. You will note that they also use plastic “corks” that seal the bottle and do not allow corkiness. The bottles do not need to be stored on their side since the cork will remain sealed without being wet. This allows the bottles to deposit the wine stone on the bottom of the bottle where it can be more easily poured off or decanted.
Address: 5502 County Rd 1000 E., Olney, Illinois
Hidden Lake Winery
Walk the trails around the 5-acre lake or sit and enjoy the waterfall and views of the Silent Forest. The beautiful banquet center has space for all size groups, or you can book the gazebo for your group. Winery Hours: Monday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Address: 10580 County Rd 400 E, Aviston, Illinois
Upcoming Events: hiddenlakewinery.com/upcoming-events
Lasata Winery L.L.C.
Lasata is a Native American word for place of peace, and the winery’s atmosphere lives up to the name. A variety of wines from blush and sweet to white or dry are created here and offered for tasting. Assorted cheeses and other goodies are available, so bring your significant other and friends.
Address: 44 IL-33, Lawrenceville, Illinois
Schorr Lake Vineyards
Schorr Lake Vineyards are located just outside of Waterloo, IL. on the edge of peaceful, picturesque Schorr Lake. A quiet wooded area where one can relax on the deck overlooking the 6-acre vineyard or enjoy the beauty of the sunset over the lake. This winery features estate-grown and produced table and fruit wines.
Address: 1032 S Library St, Waterloo, Illinois
The Pour Vineyard
Comprised of six acres of rolling vineyards, a large lake, and a renovated barn, this view vineyard sits on a Centennial Farm that has been passed down from generation to generation for over 150 years. During that time, it’s been a gathering place for the community. Now the property has a tasting room for their wines (open Sundays 1-6 pm) and a great venue for weddings, reunions, banquets and other events. (Voted best winery in Southwest Illinois by the St. Louis Post Dispatch 2019)
Address: 9673 S Prairie Rd, Red Bud, Illinois, 62278