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February 2019

2019 IGGVA Conference

February 24 - February 26
Walkers Bluff Winery, 326 Vermont Rd.
Carterville, IL United States
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Walkers Bluff Winery • 326 Vermont Rd. Carterville, IL • (618) 956-9900 The IGGVA Conference is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the Illinois wine and grape industry. The conference includes educational sessions on a broad range of topics including enology, viticulture, and marketing. In addition, the conference is a wonderful forum to meet with fellow winemakers and grape growers and share ideas. Book your rooms on or before January 25 for an additional chance to win one of the…

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March 2019

Illinois Products Expo

March 2 - March 3
Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Ethnic Village
Springfield, IL United States

Join us on March 2-3, 2019, in the Orr Building, on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. Over 70 Illinois companies will be providing free food samples and selling their products. ILLINOIS WINE! Relax in the Illinois Wine Garden and sample a variety of Illinois wines then buy your favorite bottles to take home. PARTICIPATING WINERIES August Hill Winery Berryville Vineyards Fox Creek Wines Hill Prairie Winery Hidden Hills Vineyard and Winery Hopewell Winery Illinois Sparkling Co. Lasata Wines…

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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail: Cheese – Not a Solo Act

March 2 - March 3
Shawnee Hills Wineries
$35

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Wine & Food Pairing Weekend Cheese-Not a Solo Act March 2, 2019 - March 3, 2019 11 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create three wonderful weekends of savory wine and food pairings.  We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. Is there anything more classic than the perfect wine paired with…

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June 2019

Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival

June 7 - June 9
Downtown Ottawa, 101 W Main Street
Ottawa, IL

Enjoy #IllinoisWine, live jazz music, fresh lobster, an outdoor arts and crafts market, and so much more at this festival. The festival kicks off Friday, June 7 in Ottawa. JUNE 7-9, 2019 Friday, 5-10pm; Saturday, noon-10pm; Sunday, noon-5pm Online Ticket Sales Look for these wineries at our 2019 event: Wild Blossom Meadery          West of Wise Winery      Vahling Vineyards          Spirit Knob Winery Prairie State Winery          Lincoln Heritage Winery          Lavendar Crest Winery Kite Hill Vineyards           Hopewell Winery           Fox Valley Winery …

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Winemaker Educational Sessions

June 10 - June 20

Small Changes That Make Big Differences Small changes in wine making techniques can add up to big changes in wine quality. Domenic Carisetti, wine making consultant, discusses practical, cost-effective tips for Illinois winemakers. $20 IGGVA Member $40 Non-Members If you are interested in attending this workshop, please send an email to director@illinoiswine.com with the date and location of the workshop you would like to attend as well as the number of people who will attend. Here are the three locations…

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Uncork Illinois

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Oak Park, 119 N Marion St
Oak Park, IL 60301 United States
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Sample Illinois wine at this fun outdoor festival which features wines from 15 Illinois wineries. Come and taste some great Illinois wines and listen to live jazz music. Click here for more information or to order tickets.

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2019 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition

June 17 - June 19
Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road
Springfield, IL United States
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2019 Rules & Entry Forms now available! Call4Entries_Commercial                           Call4Entries_Amateur The Illinois State Fair Wine Competition is held annually in June and is open to both commercial and amateur winemakers. The 2019 competition is June 17-19, 2019. Entry deadline is June 10, 2019. The competition is not open to the public. Our goal: The goal of the Illinois State Fair Wine Competition is to improve the quality of wine throughout…

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Corkless Galena Wine Festival

June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Depot Park Galena, Illinois

Enjoy wines from 9 wineries from northern Illinois. There will also be live music, light snacks, and an art show at the festival. Visit corklessgalena.com for tickets and more info.

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August 2019

Shawnee Hills Midsummer Picnic Pairings

August 3 - August 4
Shawnee Hills Wineries
$35

A Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wine & Food Pairing Weekend Join us for a Midsummer Celebration and enjoy delightful picnic style pairings with your favorite Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wines.  With summer in full force, a relaxing outdoor picnic is just what the doctor ordered.  Grab a few friends and enjoy fresh foods of the season with award-winning reds, whites and rose’s from your favorite wineries. How it Works: Pre-purchase your ticket online and select your starting point.  The first…

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Illinois State Fair Wine Experience

August 8 - August 18
Illinois State Fairground, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702 United States
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Wine Experience at the Illinois State Fair

Taste some of Illinois' best wines in the Wine Experience at the Illinois State Fair. Open daily from Noon to 9:00 pm in the Expo Building, your $10 entry fee provides eight (8) tasting tickets and a complimentary stemless wine glass, compliments of Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase, enabling you to sample award-winning wines for all taste preferences (White, Red, Rosé, dry, sweet, semi-sweet). Cool off and relax with the winemakers while…

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