The vineyard was started in 1997 with the winery opening in 2002. The vineyard produces 6 varieties of grapes and all wines are produced on site. When you visit the winery, you can sample our large selection of wine in the tasting room and enjoy a glass inside or outdoors. There is plenty of seating inside to accommodate you and your friends as well as a large patio to soak up some sun.
(Above Information from Vahling Vineyards & Winery Facebook)
The town of Findlay is home to big flavors courtesy of the father-son trio behind Niemerg Family Winery. Visit the refurbished hundred-year-old building that serves as the tasting room. Experience wines made from grapes throughout the country, including Illinois, Michigan, and California.
(Information from Wine In Illinois on enjoyillinois.com)
Located just outside of West Salem, Illinois, Homestead Vineyards offers a beautiful outdoor area for clients. Homestead Vineyards offers a large selection of fruit wines. They are also frequent hosts to great live music and other events.
(Information from Homestead Vineyards Facebook)
1785 County Road 775 E
West Salem, Illinois 62476
618-456-3560 Homestead Vineyards
Fox Creek Vineyards Company is a small, family owned and operated winery with our own modest vineyard.
We are located in the Southeastern Illinois countryside amid the low rolling hills of the old orchard country of Richland county. Once the center of the apple and peach growing industry, this area is ideal for the growing of French-American hybrid wine grapes (with one major reservation–late Spring freezes). The soils and the intense summer heat allow the making of wines with very pronounced fruity flavors. This allows us to craft wines in the traditional styles that are a truly unique experience in full flavored, fruity aromas, without the need for heavy oaking.
Our hand crafted wines are produced without fineing, stabilizing, or the use of ion exchange resins. Filtration is done sparingly so as to retain the natural aromas and flavors. We, of course, have to apply some filtration to avoid the chance of pulp and yeast cells in the finished wine.
Because of our hand processing you will be able to see the “wein stone” (tartaric acid crystals) which mark a fine wine. The acidity is maintained in constant equilibrium between the liquid wine and the crystals deposited on the bottom of the bottle. This temperature-dependent equilibrium insures that the wine will always be crisp even though the serving temperature may be less than ideal.
You will note that we also use plastic “corks” that seal the bottle and do not allow corkiness. The bottles do not need to be stored on their side since the cork will remain sealed without being wet. This allows the bottles to deposit the wein stone on the bottom of the bottle where it can be more easily poured off or decanted.
( Information from Fox Creek Vineyards)