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
  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
  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.
Grafton Harbor Floating Winery
215 West Water Street
Grafton, IL
  Welcome to Grafton Harbor - or as we like to call it, “The Key West of the Midwest”. Here you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the musical melodies of the great Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and the natural beauty of the majestic palasading bluffs along “The Great River Road.”
Piasa Winery   211 W. Main Street
Grafton, IL
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
21124 Cave Road
Ste. Genevieve County, MO
  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: Traminette, Chambourcin, Vignoles, and Norton.
Charleville Vineyard
16937 Boyd Road
Ste. Genevieve County, MO
  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
  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.
Crown Valley Winery
23589 State Routte WW
Ste. Genevieve County, MO
  Located among the rolling hills of Ste. Genevieve County, Crown Valley is a can’t miss experience. This architectural masterpiece overlooks miles of vineyards, making Crown Valley a breathtaking entity. As if the view isn’t enough, Crown Valley Winery offers a large selection of fine wines. Choose from indoor or outdoor seating while sipping on your favorite glass of Crown Valley wine. SEASONAL
Ste. Genevieve Winery
245 Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO
  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
1032 South Library Street
Waterloo, IL
  This winery and vineyard is located on the edge of peaceful, picturesque Schorr Lake just outside of Waterloo, Illinois. 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. Schorr Lake Winery features estate grown and produced table and fruit wines.
Villa Antonio Winery
3660 Linhorst Road
Hillsboro, MO
  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.
Watertower Winery
11373 State Route M
Ste. Genevieve, MO
  The Watertower Winery is located on a family farm just outside of the city limits of the historic town of Sainte Genevieve. Its tasting room is inside of a 70+year old barn that has been re-purposed to create a warm, comfortable atmosphere.
Wineries in the St. Charles County area of Missouri
Augusta Winery
5601 High Street
Augusta, MO
  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.
Louis P. Balducci Vineyards
6601 Highway 94 South
Augusta, MO
  Nestled on 76 acres in the rolling hills of Augusta, Missouri, you’ll love this family owned and operated 100 year-old farm and vineyard. Come sip their 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.
Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery
13699 South, MO-94
Dutzow, MO
  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.
Little Hills Winery
701 S. Main Street
St. Charles, MO
  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
201 Montelle Drive (on MO-94)
Augusta, MO
  At Montelle Winery their philosophy is to farm their vineyards with a respect for the land. As a result, their wines are fresh, fragrant, focused, and well balanced. It is this attention to detail that has enabled them to produce wines that are continuously recognized for their uniqueness and superior quality.
Mount Pleasant Estates
5634 High Street
Augusta, MO
  Mount Pleasant Estates was established in 1859, and is located in the heart of the Augusta wine district. They have more than 85 acres of grapevines producing on our land, where they grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay, and have been since the late 1980s.
Sugar Creek Winery
& Vineyards

125 Boone Country Lane
Defiance, MO
  Sugar Creek Winery & Vineyards warmly invites you to their sample world-class dry, semi-dry and fruit wines, and relax on their wine terrace among fields of grapes. On April through November weekends, you'll find live music in the gazebo. If there's a chill in the air, stay awhile in the cozy parlor and tasting room.
Wineries in the Little Dixie Scenic Byway region of Missouri
Crown Valley Port House 25795 Highway N
Clarksville, MO
The Eagle’s Nest Winery   221 Georgia Street
Louisiana, MO
Wineries in the Western Illinois & Iowa /Missouri Border Region
Baxter's Vineyards
2010 E. Parley Street
Nauvoo, IL
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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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