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2018 is Looking to be a Great Year for Vintage Illinois

Illinois Wine will be on full display this weekend at Matthiessen State Park.  Don't miss September 15 and 16's Vintage Illinois Wine Festival.  The festival is expected to feature 24 wineries from the state, including:

The festival is more than just wine.  There are some great food vendors as well, including Pine Hills Restaurant, 9th Street Pub, The Cheese Shop, Passini's Wood Fired Pizza and Great Crab Cakes.

On Saturday, Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers, Old as Dirt Band, and Lisa Rene Band will be taking the stage.  Sunday's entertainment featured the Brother John Band.

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Fourteen out of the nineteen selected Illinois Bicentennial Rosé wines will be available to taste at Vintage Illinois 2018!

The Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Alliance, in partnership with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the Illinois Department of Agriculture, is proud to announce that Illinois-grown Rosé is the official wine of the Illinois Bicentennial! Rather than have a single wine represent the entire industry, the IGGVA has curated a quality-assured wine style for Illinois’ 200th birthday: dry to semi-dry rosé. Rosé was chosen because Illinois’ producers are making world-class wines in this style from a variety of grapes, including those grown in both northern and southern Illinois.

In order to be selected, wines had to meet both quality and stylistic goals. These standards were established by collaborative efforts between industry members and grape and wine specialists. Each wine went through a quality assurance evaluation process to qualify to be named a Bicentennial Wine. Here are the 19 Illinois wines that received this honor.

* Alto Vineyards – 2017 Rosato
* August Hill Winery – 2017 La Belle Rosé
* August Hill Winery – Chambourcin Rosé
* Blue Sky Vineyards – White Chambourcin
- Danenberger Family Vineyards – LoveLocks 2017 Chambourcin Dry Rosé
* Fox Valley Winery – Dry Rosé
* Galena Cellars – Chambourcin Rosé
* Galena Cellars – Frontenac Gris
* Galena Cellars – Vineyard Rosé
- Hidden Lake Winery – Chambourcin Rosé
* Kite Hill Vineyards – Rosé
* Massbach Ridge Winery – 2017 Sunrise Red Rosé Wine
* Prairie State Winery – Chambourcin Rosé
* Spirit Knob Winery – Day’s End
- StarView Vineyards – Dry Rosé
- Tres Rojas Winery – Leon Rosé
- Twelve Oaks Vineyard – Chambourcin Rosé
* Walker’s Bluff Winery – Rosé
* West of Wise Winery – Rosé

* The wines marked with an asterisk above are the Bicentennial Rosés available at Vintage Illinois 2018!

Find out more about the festival by visiting VintageIllinois.com.