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Weekend Road Trip:

Wineries Along the Rivers & Routes of Southwest Illinois

There’s no better way to appreciate award-winning wines than on the bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers on tucked away in a vineyard off the Mother Road of Route 66.

Here are just a few ways you can create a weekend road trip that is all about the vino!

Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway

Lounge back at a riverside winery in Grafton, just a short trip from Alton, because you have all day to let your chardonnay air out or top off your glass again with a chilled white zinfandel. Take a sip and appreciate the gorgeous view from high up on the banks as you watch boats and barges navigate the river. Wine connoisseurs won’t be able to find a more scenic place to savor Illinois wines.

Enjoy wine at these local wineries in Grafton: Mary Michelle Winery, The Winery at Aerie's Resort, Grafton Winery The Vineyards, Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, Grafton Harbor Floating Winery.

 

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Off the Beaten Path

Half Witt Winery

Local communities like Staunton, Cheserfield, Maryville and Witt boast wineries worth raving about. Raise your glass -- filled with your favorite wine -- to great friends, great times and a great weekend getaway.

Bella Vista Winery, Maryville - HIgh quality, award winning wines come from this locally owned and operated winery. Relax in the country landscape of the winery and enjoy the lush, fruit aromas and rich oak flavors of Bella Vista wines.

Half Witt Winery, Witt - Relax and enjoy a sip of the award winning wines that are created at this small but mighty winery. Half Witt Winery produces and serves delicious red wines, Riesling, rose and more. The Half Witt wines have won over 30 medals in Illinois and Indiana.

The Winery at Shale Lake, Staunton - Enjoy a special night out, or bring a group of friends and enjoy some fun in the sun at this country winery. Enjoy sampling wines in the tasting room tucked away in the barn. Or rent a surrey bike and ride along the scenic trail. There's more than just wine at Shale Lake. Pizzas, appetizers, sandwiches and more are also on tap.

Wild Pickins Winery, Chesterfield - Weekends were made for Wild Pickins Winery. Enjoy the winery's signature wines and mixed drinks. Food and live music are also part of the fun.

 

Groups can schedule a wine tasting experience with a trained sommeliers at the Winery at Aerie's Resort. The panoramic view is known as "The Best View In The Midwest" and the wine selection is...

Stop in the Floating Winery & Gifts Ahoy! Enjoy wine tasting at its best with more than 100 wines from around the world. Gift Ahoy carries the best selection of nautical and wine related gifts on the...

Located in the quaint river town of Grafton, Illinois along the Great River Road Scenic Byway, the Grafton Winery and Brewhaus overlooks the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Nestled...

Grafton Winery the Vineyards can make a great addition to your next tour itinerary. The Vineyards location grows several varieties of grapes, such as Vignoles, Vidal and Chardonnel which are used in...

The Mary Michelle Winery is conveniently located in Pere Marquette Lodge and features locally made, award winning Mary Michelle and Illinois Cellar wines. This delicious selection of wine is...