Award-winning Illinois Wines



For 6 years now, Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest is pleased to partner with Illinois Grape Growers and Vitners Association to bring you the finest wines at the summer’s most popular fest.

Ottawa The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the viticulture and enology interests of Illinois through information exchange and cooperation among Illinois grape producers and vintners.

The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association was formed:

  • To provide a formal structure for a statewide association of grape growers and vintners in Illinois
  • To promote the growth of the Illinois grape growing and wine making industries and the production of high quality grapes and wine
  • To represent the interests of Illinois grape growers and vintners in legislative and political matters
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to disseminate current information about viticulture and wine making practices
  • To recommend, encourage and participate in research related to viticulture and enological issues
  • To develop and analyze current marketing information for the use of the members



Illinois winemakers use different grape varieties to produce a diversity of high-quality wines. The top six grape varietals grown in the state cover more than 75 percent of the state’s total grape acreage. Five of these grapes—Chambourcin, Seyval, Vignoles, Chardonel and Vidal Blanc—are “French Hybrids,” developed by crossing French grapes, such as the Chardonnay often grown in France and California, with native American vines. This cross-pollination results in grapes that produce excellent wine, but that are less susceptible to the effects of extreme cold—making them ideal for the Midwest’s unpredictable weather. The other grape in the top six, Norton, originates from native American vines.


A late-ripening, dark blue-black grape that can produce a highly rated red wine with a reasonably full, slightly herbaceous flavor and aroma. Chambourcin grapes are usually used to produce claret or Bordeaux-style wines, but can also be used to make rosé.

One of the most widely planted grapes east of the Rocky Mountains, the Seyval grape features aromas of grass, hay and melon. Seyval produces food-friendly white wines that are often thought of as alternatives to Chardonnay.

Produces excellent white wines of many different styles, including dessert wines and both dry and semisweet varietals.

A hybrid of Chardonnay and Seyval vines, this full-bodied, crisp and dry grape produces European-style wines exhibiting toasty oak, ripe apple and pear flavors.

Vidal Blanc
Popular for its fresh and fruity characteristics, the Vidal Blanc grape is similar to Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadet grapes and can be vinified in a variety of styles.

Sometimes call Cynthiana, the Norton grape produces a dark, inky red wine with flavors of plums and cherries.

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See these participating wineries at this year’s fest:

Alto Vineyards:

August Hill Winery:

Baxter’s Vineyards:

Berryville Vineyards:

Blue Sky Vineyards:

Creekside Vineyards & Winery:

Fox Valley Winery:

Hill Prairie Winery:

Kite Hill Vineyards:

Lavendar Crest Winery & Banquet Center:

Pheasant Hollow Winery:

Prairie State Winery:

Sleepy Creek Vineyards:

Waterman Winery and Vineyards:

West of Wise Winery:

White Oak Vineyards:

Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery:

These Craft Beer selections were available in 2015:

51st Ward – Turkey Hunter  Argus – Jarrett Payton & Holsteiner Lager
Emmett – Munich Lt & Hop Tweet  Lakefront – Fixed Gear, Fuel & Kyle
Revolution – Rosa & Galaxy  Brickstone – Hop Skip I’m Drunk
Lattitude – 5 IPA & 10 Degrees  Chicago Beer – Buddy


You will need the wine fest ticket that’s good for 3 days, which gets you under the tent to enjoy wine and BEER!

You will need your Lobster ticket to enjoy fresh Main Lobster dinner!

(Event runs Friday 5 – 10pm, Saturday noon – 10pm, Sunday noon – 5pm)


 Download the official Wine Fest and Ottawa weekend guide!

Get all the information about this year’s 5th Annual Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest. See where you can shop, eat and enjoy ALL that Ottawa has to offer.Also included are the businesses and individuals that make this festival come alive!

Remember to thank your designated driver. Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest, its sponsors and all of its vintners do not encourage drinking and driving. Please be responsible.