Winery Map of the Day – Illinois' Best Wineries

The rebirth of an industry.

In 1900, Illinois was the fourth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Prohibition devastated the industry, and in 1936 Baxter Vineyards, originally established in 1857, became Illinois' first post-prohibition, bonded winery. In the next sixty-one years, eleven more wineries opened bringing the total number of Illinois wineries to twelve in 1997. The last fifteen years has seen incredible growth; more than 90 wineries have opened since 1997 - more than seven times the number of wineries that opened during the previous sixty-one years.

Although some Illinois wineries such as Prairie State Winery and Illinois River Winery are seeing significant success with traditional European grapes such as Cabernet Franc, most Illinois wineries are known for producing quality hybrid varietals such as Vignoles, Seyval Blanc, Chambourcin and Traminette.

The Illinois wine industry continues to see impressive growth. Get on the bandwagon and visit these leading Illinois' wineries recognized by wine critics across the country as producing some of Illinois' best wine.

Click the image below to see the map of Illinois wineries producing Illinois' highest rated wines.

Published: July 18, 2013

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