Looking for a way to taste some of the best of Illinois wine without spending a weekend driving all over the state?
The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA), Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI), and the Old State Capitol Foundation are teaming up again to offer the third annual Art of Illinois Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22 in Downtown Springfield.
Featuring around 20 Illinois wineries, the event is open to anyone 21 years of age or older and will be held at the southwest corner of Fifth and Jefferson Streets in downtown Springfield (map below).
Admission is $10 (and weekend passes now available for $15), which includes a wine glass and five sampling tickets. Wine may also be purchased by the glass, bottle and case. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or on the Downtown Springfied, Inc. website.
And if the wine alone isn’t enough to bring you for a visit, the festival is situated right next to the Old Capitol Art Fair. Almost 50 years old, it’s one of the most popular, juried art fairs in the country, which was, “originally developed to contribute to the community’s cultural, social, and economic growth, the Fair has become an acknowledged success and a model for fairs in other cities.”
Some of the wineries that will be on hand include Prairie State Winery (Genoa),Pheasant Hollow Winery (Whittington), Shawnee Winery (Vienna) and Baxters Winery (Nauvoo). You can get the whole list from the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association website, or from the event website on Facebook.
Festival tickets can be purchased online from the Eventbrite website:
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Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Old State Capitol Foundation
Old Capitol Art Fair