Illinois April 07, 2017
The Remote Winery In Illinois That’s Picture Perfect For A Day Trip
Take a day trip to the vineyards of Tuscany without getting on a plane or even leaving the state. Instead of another country, you’ll find yourself in a place that bills itself as the “Romance of Italy in the Hills of Southern Illinois.”
No matter which direction you come from, you’ll get to marvel at the scenic Shawnee National Forest that contributes to Blue Sky’s rolling hills. Even out-of-staters can enjoy a fast and fun trip to this gorgeous winery.
While a trip to Shawnee National Park is an adventure within itself, there is a relatively small vineyard with a lot to offer just off Interstate 57 and Highway 13.
Those already residing in the central and southern portions of Illinois will find it most accessable. Even some of our neighbors in the tri-state area (Indiana and Kentucky) are close enough to this winery to visit for a day.
Spend the day in a stucco-style, vintage villa so picturesque it may cure your cravings for international travel.
The charming interior whisks you away for just a day to the rustic, simple life associated with the mountains of Tuscany.
All of their award-winning wines are made on-site, so you'll want to taste test each and every one.
Whether you prefer it red or white, sweet or bitter, this place has a wine your taste buds will relish.
Lounge outside and enjoy the serene views of the forest while you relax and sip your new favorite glass of vino.
Better yet, take a stroll through their 7,750 vines and explore the seemingly endless paths through the vineyard.
Even if you can't make it through the entire, 13-acre winery, you must walk down at least one path to see where your good feeling originated.
Discover all 10 varieties of grapes used to produce their various wines.
Any trip is better with company, and this winery is perfect for anything from a date to a mini vacation with friends.
You'll never forget your faux vacation to Italy spent amongst the peaceful field of vines. Be sure to take advantage the good photo opportunities and get shots of all your favorite views.
A signature, must-try is their famous sangria which consists of wine infused with fruit and citrus juices.
Pair your vino with something hearty before you head out. This pot pie will have you feeling homesick soon enough.
If one day just isn't enough though, the winery allows guests to stay overnight in one of their two suites. Prices start at about $130 per night.
Blue Sky Vineyard is located at Shawnee National Forest, 3150 S Rocky Comfort Rd, Makanda, IL 62958.
You can get exact directions, membership information, and more on
their website and Facebook page.
What other Illinois vineyards are close enough for a single day of fun? Share your favorite wines and where they are made with us!