Weekend Roadtrip: Wineries Along the Rivers
There’s no better way to appreciate award-winning wines than on the bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. 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.
Our Wineries in Grafton, Illinois
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Aerie’s Riverview Winery
600 Timber Ridge, Grafton (Directions)
Monday – Thursday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sip wines atop the bluffs in the cozy indoor dining room or experience the expansive awe-inspiring river views from the outdoor deck. They’re keeping it local with their signature label bottled exclusively by Alto Vineyards of Southern Illinois. With live music every weekend from May through October and a full menu for dining, pull up a chair and watch the barges go by.
Yes! $1 per sample
Bluff Top Wine, Confluence Conundrum, Blackberry, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, Adlerschreien, Sandy’s Candy & more
Aerie’s Lodging & Conference Center
Stay overnight just within walking distance of Aerie's Riverview Winery. Options include: Terrace Rooms, Suites, Hilltop & Valley Cottages, Deluxe Cottage, Villas and The Lodge
Grafton Harbor Floating Winery
215 W. Water St., Grafton (Directions)
Sunday - Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Grafton Harbor Signature Collection offers six different wines, in addition to a variety of imported, domestic and local labels. Float along with the river and enjoy a glass.
Yes! Free for 3 samples!
Pirate's Love Potion: Grapes of and Bouquets Devine
Nauti Wench: Semi-sweet white with a hint of melon and citrus
Pirate's Booty: This crisp, full bodied, superior, dry, white Chardonel is bursting with aromas and flavors of vanilla, melons and citrus
Tipsy Mermaid: luscious semi-sweet premium Moscato expresses a balance taste that is light and crisp, with pure fruit sweetness
The Spirit's of Grafton's Past: carefully selected premium grapes create a wine so smooth and delicate that its ghostlike goodness keeps you screaming for more
LPR: This is a light, semi-sweet wine with a distinct Concord character
After your wine tasting, dine nearby at the famed Grafton Oyster Bar for award-winning Cajun, creole and seafood specialties.
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus
300 W. Main St., Grafton (Directions)
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 7 p.m.
Award-winning wines and craft beers are prepared on-site at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus. Made from a combination of California and locally grown grapes and fruits, more than 15 wines are featured under the Grafton Winery label, including the ever-popular Apple Crisp. Their wines have won international and state wards at the New York Fingerlakes International Wine Competition and also at the Illinois State Fair.
Harbor Red: A blend of 70% Cabernet, 20% Red Zinfandel and 10% Syrah
Harbor White: Aromas of grapes and sweet fruit flavors
Apple Crisp: Hints of green apple, soft acidity and fruity aroma
Blackberry: Juicy blackberries and ripe currants
Riverbend White: Medium bodied sweet wine with distinct flavor of Niagra Grape
Riverbend Red: Sweet red blend with a pleasing aroma to match the flavor of ripe fruit
Peach (Seasonal): Luscious scent of ripe juicy peaches explodes from this exceptionally crisp, flavorful wine
Autumnberry: Blush wine offers succulent, mouth-watering flavors of sweet, ripe raspberries
More wines available
Package an overnight stay at Best Western Premier - St. Louis Regional Airport Hotel and receive vouchers for free glasses of wine from Grafton Winery & Brewhaus. Package also includes $20 worth of Great Rivers Tap & Grill voucher.
Grafton Winery the Vineyards
21028 Eckert Orchard Road, Grafton (Directions)
May – October: Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November – April: Open Friday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Settled among orchards and sprawling farmland, the 11,000-square-foot Grafton Winery, aptly named “the Vineyards,” has ample space for a new wine production facility, comfortable seating, a bar and a fireplace. It overlooks a lake and 4-acres of vineyards where Chardonnel, Vidal and Vinoles grapes are grown.
Same as at Grafton Winery
The Vineyards is only a short drive from historic Elsah where you can choose from the Green Tree Inn B&B or the Maple Leaf Cottage for your perfect getaway weekend.
Mary Michelle Winery at Pere Marquette Lodge
13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton (Directions)
Monday – Thursday: 3 p.m. to dusk
Friday: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to dusk
The tasting room at Pere Marquette Lodge is the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the wines of Mary Michelle Winery, made locally at their Carrollton, Illinois vineyard.
Illinois Cellars Wines
Illinois Cellars Norton
Illinois Cellars Velvet White
Illinois Cellars Velvet Red
Illinois Cellars Velvet Rose
Illinois Cellars Apple Wine
Mary Michelle wines
Mary Michelle Moscato
Mary Michelle Chardonel
California Premium Red
California Premium White
Mary Michelle Blueberry Wine
Mary Michelle Vidal Ice Wine
Spend your weekend at the lodge or cabin rooms on site at Pere Marquette Lodge. This historic lodge was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and offers a restaurant in addition to the wine tasting room. Pere Marquette State Park, the largest park in Illinois, is also located on site.
Grafton Ice House Winery
214 W. Main St., Grafton (Directions)
Monday – Thursday: Hours vary
Friday – Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Grafton IceHouse Winery offers wines from several local wineries and even a winery from California
Wine Tasting: Please stop by for more information
Cost: Please stop by for more information
IceHouse Wine and Cowhide-N-Cork
There are several guest houses and a hotel on Main Street that is within short walking distance of this winery including: Tara Point, Loading Dock Guest houses (The Fish Market, The Riverside Cottage, The Stone Cottage, Tree Tops), Lucy Mae’s, Ruebel Hotel and The River House