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Blue Sky Vineyard, Makanda

4.4
#3 of 49 in Wineries in Illinois
Must see · Winery / Vineyard · Food & Drink
Blue Sky Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Illinois, owned and operated by Barrett Rochman, Marilyn Rochman, and Jim Ewers. Blue Sky Vineyard is located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest and anchors the eastern end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Located within the Shawnee Hills American Viticultural Area, an area that is federally designated and recognized for its uniqueness in grape growing, Blue Sky Vineyard uses Illinois grapes to produce a number of wines. Karen Hand, Blue Sky Vineyard's winemaker, was the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association's Winemaker of the Year for 2006. They currently produce 17 different kinds of Illinois wine and 5 American wines ranging from dry to sweet. The Tuscan inspired architecture and interiors of Blue Sky Vineyard's main structure and banquet addition were designed by Nancy Karen Brian, professor at California State University Fresno, in consultation with Blue Sky Vineyard's owners.
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  • Have been here before. Staff, food, grounds, and, yes, the wine... Gah, the wine. Was a short distance from our cabin, brought the dog, truly great. Try the Creme Sherry if you like sweet and want a.....  more »
  • In my trip to So Il with my two GSDs, I was assured I would be welcome at winery's. That is true. This is a large spacious winery with plenty of spaced outside seating. They have a nice menu of...  more »
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  • Stopped in today after hiking at Giant City Park. The bartender (Mary I think. I don't remember her whole name) was great and very knowledgeable about the wines. She suggested the pizza and it was excellent! We walked around the property. It was beautiful! Definitely recommend!
  • It's a lovely view and has pretty good wine. I'd recommend bringing a lunch on a busy day. We waited 1.5 hours for a couple of cold sandwiches that were just ok, but that was the only real downside. If you expect it to be busy, then bring a lunch in a cooler for a 4.5 start experience.

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