One time school teachers, Rick and Maria Mamoser decided to forgo the long commute into the suburbs for a “simpler life” as business owners. Prairie State Mercantile opened at their current location in July, 1998. Selling finer goods, including wine, made exclusively in Illinois (The Prairie State), they were on the leading edge of the “keep it local” movement, winning multiple statewide awards for their concept.Make Prairie States Winery a centerpiece of your Genoa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Genoa trip itinerary builder app.
Prairie State Winery soon followed (fall of 1999), expanding the concept by producing wines made exclusively from Illinois grown grapes. With their home winemaking experience, science background, and immersion into national wine curriculum, they soon started garnering many awards for their wines as well. With the first vintage of only 500 gallons to the most recent vintages of nearly 10,000 gallons, Rick and Maria continue to promote the philosophy of “Think Globally” with their added “Drink Locally” to boot.
Prairie States Winery reviews
It was a chill ambiance and delicious wines for a wine tasting. They had gluten free options for those that need it. They were very considerate and helpful. I would go back again. They have a patio.... more »
My husband and I found Prarie State yesterday afternoon while on a quest for the perfect fall ambiance. Not only was every wine we sampled delicious and well balanced but the service was impeccable..... more »
Adorable winery with a strategic approach to their production and marketing sides. Pure signs of intelligence, and I love it! Marvelous food, drink pairings. Marvelous location and space usage. Their servers are well-informed and helpful too... More businesses should model themselves after this brand 😀
Hidden gem! My husband and I found Prarie State yesterday afternoon while on a quest for the perfect fall ambiance. Not only was every wine we sampled delicious and well balanced but the service was impeccable. In a competitive society where everyone is trying to be bigger and better, it is refreshing to see a business nail simplicity so well. Prarie State doesn't need any bells and whistles because the entire customer experience they have created is that good. We will most certainly be back and will be customers for life!
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