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Prairie States Winery, Genoa

#23 of 46 in Wineries in Illinois
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.

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.
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  • My wife and I walked into the store front in sycamore and had a wine tasting. Great selection of wines. My favorite was the Cabernet, her favorite was the Rhubarb. She tasted the fruit and sweet wines...  more »
  • Rick and his staff make everyone feel like they're "right at home". Good noshes and even better Vino's!  more »
  • This is a fun place. Wine is tasty and affordable Their port is excellent. On Sun. Music-mostly jazz and blues in a comfortable atmosphere with their verson of a Bloody Mary made of wine. Have a great afternoon at Genoa!
  • I absolutely LOVE Prairie State! The wine is fabulous and the staff is amazing! They are so knowledgeable and willing to help you with what you like to taste. I highly recommend visiting them!

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