Congrats to Winners at Illinois State Fair Wine Competition

July 19th, 2013


Nearly 400 local wines were presented to twelve judges at the Illinois State Fair Wine Competition, June 17-19, 2013 held at Lincoln Land Community College.

Best of Show went to Blue Sky Vineyard in Makanda, Illinois for their Chambourcin Reserve 2005. Made exclusively from estate grown Chambourcin, the Reserve is a full-bodied dry red Illinois wine with a smooth roasted oak character and hints of bright cherry and vanilla.

The Illinois Wine Competition awards Governor’s Cups for the top Illinois-grown grape or fruit wines. This year’s winners are:

Red Table: AcquaViva Winery Frontenac
White Table: Alto Vineyards Vidal Blanc
Blush/Rosé: Illinois Sparkling Co. Bride of Freak of Nature Sec
Fruit: Hedman Vineyards Peach Dessert
Dessert: Illinois Sparkling Co. Franken’s French Hybrid Brut

A complete list of winners can be found at We suggest you get out and taste some of these fantastic Illinois wines. Make a weekend of it and discover some new local wines.


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