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March 2019

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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May 2019

Illinois Products Farmers Market

May 9 - October 11

At the Illinois Products Farmers Market, you can find some of your favorite Illinois products, including Illinois wine! The market is held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds from 4-7 pm, every Thursday, May 9 - October 10, at The Shed on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Different wineries will be participating each week. From meat, cheese and produce to baked goods, candles and horticulture, shopping at the Illinois Products Farmers Market ensures you are supporting Illinois agriculture and local agribusinesses. Each week…

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June 2019

Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival

June 7 - June 10
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 21

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 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 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 20
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 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 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 5
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 19
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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September 2019

Vintage Illinois

September 21 - September 22
Matthiessen State Park, IL - 178
North Utica, IL 61373 United States
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Illinois' largest wine festival takes place at Matthiessen State Park in Utica, IL.  Hours are 11 am - 6 pm on Saturday, September 21 and noon - 5 pm on Sunday, September 22.  For more information, and advanced tickets, go to vintageillinois.com.

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