There are more than 100 wineries in Illinois and Indiana. The wineries between the two states range from long-established businesses to newer shops offering wines made from the fruits of family-owned farms. Wine lovers in Illinois and Indiana can enjoy events at five different wineries, each offering something special this spring.
Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard
Owned by Jeremy and Jennifer Lutter, the Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard opened its doors in spring 2011. Country Heritage can be found just west of Route 3 on County Road 68 (0185 CR 68, LaOtto, Ind.), about 20 minutes north of Fort Wayne, Ind. This newer winery and vineyard welcomes visitors and offers tours and tastings. Call ahead (260-637-2980) to set up a tour.
Indianapolis is home to the Easley Winery, located about four blocks east of Interstate 65/70 and north of East Ohio Street. A downtown winery since 1974, visitors to Easley can enjoy tastings and tours on weekends. You can find them at 205 N. College Ave. Groups with more than eight guests should call ahead at 317-636-4516.
Glunz Family Winery and Cellars
On the north side of Chicago not far from the Wisconsin border is the Glunz Family Winery and Cellars. Established in 1992, the Glunz Winery produces small-batch fortified wines. Stop in at their tasting room, located at 888 E. Belvidere Road (Suite 211) in Grayslake, to sample vintage port, sangria and other selections. For tasting hours, call 847-634-WINE (9463).
The Lynfred Winery in Roselle is located about 30 miles west of downtown Chicago. On June 7 you can join them for the Walnut Room Winemaker Dinner at Macy’s from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Macy’s seventh-floor Walnut Room is a Chicago landmark and the site for this special event, which features an exquisite dinner and several Lynfred wines. For reservations, call 312-781-3139.
Tuscan Hills Winery
East central Illinois is home to more than corn and soybean fields. About an hour and a half south of Champaign, you'll find the Tuscan Hills Winery. Located in Effingham at 2200 Historic Hills Drive, Tuscan Hills is a charming escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. In addition to tastings, the scenic winery hosts special events like weddings, anniversaries and unique adult birthdays. For more information, call 217-347-WINE (9463).
Wine lovers traveling in Illinois and Indiana can expect quality, variety and Midwest hospitality from the wineries located throughout the neighboring states. From tastings to tours to special events, there is a bounty of wineries to be explored.