Many Illinois wineries are conveniently clustered along one of eight Illinois wine trails so you can discover a variety of wines in one exciting trip.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS WINE TRAIL:
From Chicago’s skyline to Galena’s rolling hills this trail is the perfect blend of urban and rural settings. Located less than two hours NW of Chicago, it’s set among beautiful countryside with charming historic towns and bustling small cities. With the state’s second award recognizing distinctive winemaking region, the Upper Mississippi River AVA offers three geographic loops (Chicagoland, Fox River Valley and Northwest).
ILLINOIS RIVER WINE TRAIL:
Along the upper scenic Illinois River, from I-80 north, to I-72 south, this trail is two hours south of Chicago in central Illinois. Dotted along the Illinois River Road Scenic Byway and the Illinois River banks, travel the same route as early French explorers. On east and west riversides, the scenic drive passes many charming communities and Illinois’ wonders. Visit www.illinoisriverroad.org to learn more.
EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS WINE TRAIL:
A large geographic area made up of three sub regions, this trail winds through East Central Illinois, nestled among charming welcoming small towns. This is an agriculturally dominated region which offers hiking, biking, and walking trails as intriguing backdrops. With lots to do and see, much history is found here. Visit www.eastcentralillinoisevents.com/maps-attractions to learn more.
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WINE TRAIL:
Western Illinois brings you this scenic rural Quincy and surrounding countryside area offers unique settings of bluff views of the Mississippi river, serene lakes and outdoor panoramas. Each winery has its own story to tell including new the area and others existing since 1857. Visit www.seequincy.com to learn more.
WABASH VALLEY WINE TRAIL:
As rivers creep along over eons, they leave behind hills and valleys. These hills and valleys the Wabash River created, happen to be an ideal place to grow grapes. Spend an afternoon or two traveling between five wineries that grow grapes as you enjoy the beauty of the Wabash Valley. Visit wvwinetrail.wix.com to learn more.
CARLYLE LAKE WINE TRAIL:
The Carlyle Lake Wine Trail was officially established in July of 2017 and is made up of five wineries that are located on back roads and nestled among farm fields all surrounding Carlyle. Each winery enjoys working together to offer visitors another reason to come out and visit Carlyle Lake and all that it has to offer. Visit www.carlylelakewinetrail.com to learn more.
SHAWNEE HILLS WINE TRAIL:
The southern tip of Illinois is one of the most established wine regions in the Midwest, featuring award-winning wineries along a 40-mile trail through the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail is composed of eleven unique wineries, each offering their own individual style and winemaking techniques that make your journey a pleasant adventure through the hills of southern Illinois. Visit www.shawneewinetrail.com to learn more.