Visitors Guide to
Wineries and Wine Shops

of the Middle Mississippi Valley

   




When people think of domestic wines they usually think of the vineyards of California. Illinois and Missouri are generally associated with fields of corn and soybeans, but there once was a time that both states were heavily involved in the winemaking business. Around 1830 in Illinois the first vineyards were planted around Galena and the western part of the state. By the early 1900s, Illinois had grown to be the fourth largest grape growing state and was responsible for approximately 25 percent of the domestic wine produced in the United States. By the turn of the century approximately 100 wineries in Missouri were producing two million gallons of wine each year. The wine business in both states were dealt a severe blow when the Prohibition era began with the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1919 and many of the grape growers turned to other crops and the remaining vines were killed by pesticides. But the wine business is making a comeback in both states, led by the efforts of state funded agencies. In 1990, there were only five wineries in Illinois, while today the state hosts more than 90 wineries and 450 vineyards.

The types of wines produced are different from those that are produced in California. Wine varietals like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot are too delicate for the cold winters and hot summers of the region. French hybrids such as Chambourcin and Vignole are more suited to the region and some wineries incorporated local fruits such as apple, peaches, cherries, and blackberries. Many of the local wineries offer wine tasting events, tours, and some provide Bed & Breakfast accommodations.

Wineries in the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
   
Aerie's Riverview Winery
600 Timber Ridge Drive
Grafton, IL
618-786-8439
  Nestled high atop the bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, the deck at Aerie’s offers the BEST VIEW IN THE MIDWEST! To complement this view Aerie’s features wines from around the world with a constantly changing list featuring new wineries and new labels from established vintners.
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus
300 W. Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-786-3001
  Situated in the heart of historic Grafton along the "Great Rivers Scenic Byway", we are truly a winery designed for all seasons. Relax and take in the view of the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers from one of our spacious patios or from our glass enclosed seating area.
Piasa Winery   211 W. Main Street
Grafton, IL
618-786-9463
Wineries in French Colonial Country
   
Route du Vin
Ste. Genevieve County, MO
  The Route du Vin is an easy hour long loop through the forested hills and farmland of Ste. Genevieve County that features 5 wineries.
Cave Vineyard
21084 Cave Road
Ste. Genevieve County, MO
573-543-5284
  Cave Vineyard is nestled in the southeastern rolling hills of Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. The name comes from the Saltpeter Cave located on the property and the tasting room is located on top of our natural cave wine cellar. The vineyard boasts 4 varieties of grapes: Chardonel, Traminette, Chambourcin and Cynthiana/Norton.
Charleville Vineyards
16937 Boyd Road
Ste. Genevieve County, MO
573-756-4537
  Drawing inspiration from the land and from family heritage, owners Jack and Joal Russell pride themselves on offering distinctive, hand-crafted wines and microbrewed beers in a relaxed atmosphere. This family owned and operated Charleville Vineyards features a tasting room and patio in a rustic country setting high above the Saline Creek Valley.
Chaumette Vineyards
and Winery

24345 State Route WW
Ste. Genevieve County, MO
573-756-1000
  Chaumette Vineyards & Winery is the premier Midwest winery destination. Expect award-winning wines, gracious service, quality entertainment and elegant accommodations. Visitors can also enjoy a magnificent view of the rolling hills in historic Sainte Genevieve, Missouri.
Lau-Nae Winery
1522 State Route 3
Red Bud, IL
618-282-9463
  Lau-Nae is a family-owned winery established in 1999.  We offer over 30 different types of wines at our winery.  In addition, you can enjoy martinis, gourmet pizzas, hot breads, etc.  We are a perfect place for small intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners or private parties.
Ste. Genevieve Winery
245 Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO
573-883-2800
  Located in the historic district of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, the oldest French settlement west of the Mississippi River, is Sainte Genevieve Winery.  A special connection is felt with the French through their rich history and their wines.
Schorr Lake Vineyards
23589 State Route WW
Ste. Genevieve County, MO
573-756-9463
  Our winery and vineyard are located 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. Our winery features estate grown and produced table and fruit wines.
Tower Rock Winery
10769 Hwy A
Altenburg, MO
573-824-5479
  Savor hand-crafted wines, seasonal sangria or ice cold beer. Take in the vistas of the vineyards, the piers over the pond. Find that ‘just-right something’ in the Faßpfropfen Tasting Room & Gift Shop. Cultivated on the vineyard are white wine grapes Traminette, Seyval, Vidal and Vignoles and the red wine grape Cynthiana.
Villa Antonio Winery
3660 Linhorst Road
Hillsboro, MO
636-475-5008
  Get away for a unique, relaxing St. Louis winery experience. Enjoy a casual afternoon tasting delicious wines and listening to live music. Partake in our famous Seven Course Dinners featuring an array of delicious wines, authentic Italian cuisine. Villa Antonio Winery is one of the St. Louis area’s best kept secrets.
Crown Valley Winery   23589 State Route WW
Ste. Genevieve County, MO
573-756-9463
Ravissant Winery   5950 Town Hall Road
Belleville, IL
618-233-9463
Wineries in the St. Charles County area of Missouri
Augusta Winery
PO Box 8, High & Jackson Street
Augusta, MO
636-228-4301
  Augusta Winery is nestled on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River Valley. Augusta Winery’s award-winning wines may be enjoyed with locally produced cheese and sausage on the outdoor wine terrace or in our Wine & Beer Garden. The Augusta Winery tasting room also features a gift shop.
Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery
PO Box 30, Highway 94
Dutzow, MO
636-433-2245
  Blumenhof Vineyards and Winery was established in 1979 and beginning with the first vintage in 1986, Blumenhof has been dedicated to producing and bottling an unsurpassed selection of Missouri - grown varietal wines. Over the years, these wines have won scores of awards at prominent wine competitions.
Louis P. Balducci Vineyards
6601 Highway 94 South
Augusta, MO
636-482-8466
  Nestled on 76 acres in the rolling hills of Augusta, Missouri, you’ll this family owned and operated 100 year-old farm and vineyard. Come sip our premium Missouri wines or select beers, dine on sumptuous, award-winning food from selected family recipes, or simply “go casual” and bring a blanket and your own basket.
Little Hills Winery
501 S. Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-946-9339
  Little Hills Winery is nestled among the treasures of Historic Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri.  Enjoy French-American cuisine and experience upscale, casual dining while sampling some of our award-winning wines.
Montelle Winery
PO Box 147, Highway 94
Augusta, MO
636-228-4464
  At Montelle Winery our philosophy is to farm our vineyards with a respect for the land. As a result, our wines are fresh, fragrant, focused, and well balanced. It is this attention to detail that has enabled us to produce wines that are continuously recognized for their uniqueness and superior quality.
Mount Pleasant Winery
5634 High Street
Augusta, MO
636-482-9463
  Mount Pleasant Winery was established in 1859, and is located in the heart of the Augusta wine district. We have more than 85 acres of grapevines producing on our land, where we grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay, and have been since the late ’80s.
Sugar Creek Winery
& Vineyards

125 Boone Country Lane
Defiance, MO
636-987-2400
  We warmly invite you to our sample world-class dry, semi-dry and fruit wines, and relax on our wine terrace among fields of grapes. On April through November weekends, you'll find live music in our gazebo. If there's a chill in the air, join us in the cozy parlor and tasting room.
Vintner's Cellar, LLC
973 Waterbury Falls Drive
O'Fallon, MO
636-300-9960
  This micro-winery provides a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Wines are available by the glass or the bottle. All wines are fermented and bottled on site. Enjoy a pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc or shiraz while visiting or bring a bottle of that, or dozens of other choices, home with you.
Wineries in the Little Dixie Scenic Byway region of Missouri
Crown Valley Port House 25795 Highway N
Clarksville, MO
573-242-3695
The Eagle’s Nest Winery   221 Georgia Street
Louisiana, MO
573-754-9888
Wineries in the Western Illinois & Iowa /Missouri Border Region
Baxter's Vineyards
2010 E. Parley Street
Nauvoo, IL
217-453-2528
  Baxter's Vineyards is a small family-owned winery in the fifth generation of growing grapes and apples. Baxter's Vineyards offers free wine tasting & self guided winery tours daily. Baxter's Vineyards is also home to Carol's Pies. The pie crusts are rolled by hand and filled with homemade fruit fillings.
Collver Family Winery
2 Rooster Way

Barry, IL
217-335-3279
  Collver Family Winery is family owned winery and is proud to be the very first winery to open in West Central Illinois in over 100 years. Since opening its doors in 2002, Collver Family Winery has produced many unique, award winning wines. Stop by for a quick wine tasting or stay for the day.
Heartland Harvest Winery‎
116 290th Avenue
Fort Madison, IA
319-372-7552
  Heartland Harvest Winery is a small family owned winery in historic rural Lee County, Iowa, on the bluffs above Fort Madison.  This boutique winery with a Tuscan Flare offers French & American Varietals and Country Wines. You are invited to sample their wines and visit the gift shop which features many unique items.
Herschler District Winery‎
503 6th Street

Donnellson, IA
319-835-9432
  Herschler District Winery‎ is in the basement of a restored 1840's home that was once was a stagecoach stop. Visitors can get a short tour of the winery and hear some of the history of the building and afterwards sample some of the many different and unique wines.
Spirit Knob Winery
2213 E. 640th Place

Ursa, IL
217-964-2678
  Spirit Knob Winery is nestled in the bluffs overlooking the ever-changing panorama of the Mississippi River Valley. Spirit Knob Winery uses the finest fruits picked only at optimal levels. Enjoy the flavor of our estate wines made with French-American hybrid grapes or the quality fruit wines produced by our own winery.
     
Wineries in the Meeting the Ohio River Region
   
The Southern tip of Illinois is one of the most established wine making regions in the Midwest. Connecting nine award-winning wineries along a 25-mile trail through the beautiful Shawnee National Forest is the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. The group of wineries attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year. For an extended getaway in the heart of Illinois Wine Country, many of the wineries offer cozy bed and breakfasts and suites. Other wineries dot the area and provide many of the same amenities. For more information visit the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail website.
Alto Vineyard
8515 State Route 127 North
Alto Pass, IL
618-893-4898
  The Renzaglia Family invites you to taste some of the finest wine produced in the United States. Located on the scenic Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, this family-owned vineyard and winery offers the unique flavors of Southern Illinois wine. Enjoy the beautiful vineyard scenery for the genuine Southern Illinois wine experience.
Blue Sky Vineyard
3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road
Makanda, IL
618-995-9463
  Anchoring the eastern end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, this winery offers "The Romance of Italy in the Hills of Southern Illinois". Open year-round, 7 days a week, to provide great Illinois wine. You are invited for wine tasting, a variety of hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and snacks.
Bluffs Winery
140 Buttermilk Hill Road
Ava, IL
618-763-4447
  The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery is situated high atop Buttermilk Hill, with an impressive view overlooking the Mississippi floodplain dotted with giant rock outcroppings. Come for a relaxing visit and a fine bottle of wine of award winning wines or visit the attached brewery where Little Egypt Beer is always on tap.
Hedman Vineyards
560 Chestnut Street
Alto Pass, IL
618-893-4923
  At this vineyard in the Shawnee National Forest you can Browse through the Scandinavian Gift shop while tasting Estate wines. Dine at the Peach Barn Cafe', serving authentic Swedish cuisine and stay overnight at the Peach Barn Bed and Breakfast, and relax the peaceful surroundings of Southern Illinois.
Hickory Ridge Vineyard
1598 Hickory Ridge Road
Pomona, IL
618-893-1700
  Come to Hickory Ridge and enjoy the best view on the trail from our cozy tasting room, one of the decks, or one of the vineyard picnic tables. Hickory Ridge’s excellent dry wines as well as award-winning whites and roses are made from grapes grown solely on the premises.
Honker Hill Winery
4861 Spillway Road
Carbondale, IL
618-549-5517
  Honker Hill Winery takes pride that all of its fine wines are produced from its own fruit. The winery is surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. Relax with friends and family, listen to live entertainment, observe nature from the out-door fireplace and gazebo; or enjoy a stroll around our pond.
Kite Hill Vineyard
83 Kite Hill Road
Carbondale, IL
618-684-5072
  Kite Hill is a small vineyard and winery producing fine wines from grapes grown in the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois. Their goal is to create enjoyable wines that are unique as the place they were grown.
Lincoln Heritage Winery
772 Kaolin Road
Cobden, IL
618-833-3783
  Lincoln Heritage Winery is the newest winery in southern Illinois. The winery is all about quality wine, good food, and good friends. There’s a great outdoor space and a friendly and warm atmosphere. Bring a picnic basket, listen so some great music, and enjoy one of our great wines.
Monte Alegre
Vineyard & Cellars
473 Ponce Trail
Carbondale, IL
618-549-3952
  Monte Alegre is the first vineyard and winery within the city of Carbondale. Come stroll down Ponce Wine Trail and taste the wines grown in this beautiful region of the heartland. Monte Alegre offers spectacular vineyard views and prime red and white wines that have made Southern Illinois a favorite tourist destination.
Orlandini Vineyard
410 Thorn Lane
Makanda, IL
618-995-2307
  Orlandini Vineyard is located on one of southern Illinois' highest ridge tops, deep in the heart of the Shawnee Hills. After years of practice and experimentation in wine making, Orlandini Vineyard began releasing wines to the public in 2001. Novices and connoisseurs have been enjoying our hand tended vintages ever since.
Pomona Winery
2865 Hickory Ridge Road
Pomona, IL
618-893-2623
  Enjoy a beautiful drive through the Shawnee National Forest, taste award winning exceptional fruit wines made from locally grown fruits other than grapes including seven table wines and three fortified dessert wines, and savor the wooded setting from our covered decks or the garden picnic area.
Rustle Hill Winery
8595 New US Highway 51
Cobden, IL
618-893-2700
  Located at the crossroads of the Shawnee Wine Trail, Rustle Hill Winery features music, art, a full restaurant, over 65 beers, and romantic cabins for rent.
StarView Vineyards
5100 Wing Hill Road
Cobden, IL
618-893-9463
  StarView Vineyards is home to a family owned and operated vineyard and winery. StarView grows and produces fine boutique wines. At Starview each vine is individually nurtured to produce the highest quality grapes that are then used to produce the finest wines in the region.
Von Jakob Vineyard
Alto Pass, IL
230 Illinois 127
618-893-4600
  Established in 1996, owners Paul and Rhoda Jacobs made the decision to plant grapes outside their countryside home. Their grape-growing efforts have sprouted into a thriving business with over 20 varieties of wine, a brewing company. The Alto Pass location offers panoramic views of the winery’s orchards and vineyards with a picturesque backdrop of the Shawnee National Forest.
Von Jakob Vineyard
1309 Sadler Road
Pomona, IL
618-893-4500
  The Pomona location for Von Jakob Vineyards provides an intimate atmosphere with a beautiful deck overlooking the vineyard.
Cellars De Santon
Ava, IL
  2709 Lone Oak Road
618-426-9900
     
Wineries in Southeastern Missouri
Winding through the swelling hills of Southeast Missouri, the Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail passes through some of the state’s most attractive countryside – fields and pastureland and stately stands of timber. Along the trail are a variety of wineries, alike in that they all are family owned and operated, but each with its unique appeal, and offering a diversity of wines from dry and semi-dry to sweet and fruity. There’s something for everyone! For more information visit the Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail website.
Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery
1930 County Road 401
Friedheim, MO
573-788-2211
  All through the year the spectacular views of Apple Creek showcase each season which offers visitors the perfect place to sit back and relax with family and friends while enjoying your favorite glass of wine in our spacious tasting room, 360 degree wrap-around deck, or under the trees along the creek bank.
The Barrens Winery
2815 N. Highway 51
Perryville, MO
573-547-6968
  The Barrens has a warm and inviting atmosphere to please everyone.  There are 3 balconies inside and a gazebo bar, a stone fire place. The Barrens serves lunch and dinner and provides live music every weekend.  Come with your friends, sit on the porch and relax the day away.
Hemman Winery
13022 Highway C
Brazeau, MO
573-824-6040
  Hemman Winery is nestled in the quaint town of Brazeau, Missouri. It makes its home in a genuine 150-year-old country store. Come, sit a spell on its front porch. Step inside and experience the quiet pace of days gone by. Stop on by. We’ll treat you like family.
Hunter Valley Winery
762 State Highway V
Cape Girardeau, MO
573-332-0879
  All of the wines at Hunter Valley are made and bottled on site in our fermentation room located directly behind our tasting area. Plenty of seating is available both indoors and out. Enjoy any of our gourmet foods while you sit on the deck overlooking our 2 acre lake.
River Ridge Winery
850 County Road 321
Scott City, MO
573-264-3712
  River Ridge Winery, situated in a century old farm house, and nestled in the hills above the Mississippi River, is owned by Jerry Smith, winemaker, and his wife, Joannie.  The hand-tended French Hybrid and Vinifers grapes grown on the hills behind the winery produce wines of the highest quality.
Steele Crest Winery
2055 State Highway Y
Jackson, MO
573-803-9426
  Live music on the patio is a fixture, and the tallest outdoor wood-fired pizza oven in the state turns out piping hot pies. 16 varieties of wine are available to sample.
Tower Rock Winery
10769 Highway A
Altenburg, MO
573-824-5479
  Tower Rock Winery is in its second decade of delighting vineyard-goers and wine-lovers of Missouri, Illinois and beyond. One of Missouri’s most acclaimed small wineries, Tower Rock Winery is known for its hand-crafted wines, attractive vistas, and country-quiet ambiance in the rolling hills of Southeast Missouri.
   
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