Vintage Illinois 2021
September 18-19! Join us in Utica, Illinois for the state's largest wine festival.

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Hill Prairie Winery

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Hill Prairie Winery

Sometime near 1911, J.C. Lounsberry built the structure which stands today as Hill Prairie Winery. Its original purpose was to house all of the draft horses and work animals used to perform the tasks of farming in those days. The upper loft was used to hold all of the hay required to feed the animals during the winter months. It was a hard life and not for the faint of heart, but our family has survived here since those times to the present day, performing the duties of agriculture. Horses remained a part of this farm and were kept in this barn until the 1980s. Homer Lounsberry was the last horseman to ply his trade here and was well known for his knowledge and love of horses. We wonder what he would think if he could see it today. What we are doing here now is another step in the evolution of our family as farmers and stewards of the land. We hope that what we do now will bring honor and pride to those who came before us and leave a legacy to those who will come after we have gone.

As you look around our renovated barn, bear in mind that you are standing in the original building constructed in 1911. All of the timbers are still in their original place and some of the materials used in the renovation have been rearranged, but they too are original from the time of the barn’s construction. Much of the renovation that you see here is through the skill and hard work of Lloyd Lounsberry, who lives with his wife Nancy in the house east of the winery. You will see pictures and reminders of who we are and where we came from, with some local history thrown in for good measure. It is our hope that you will see and learn something of value to take home with you, aside from wine and products you may find here. We offer a little history, a little something new and hopefully leave some room for your imagination to take you to a place you will want to return to and visit again.

2021 Featured Wines

Whites

  • Chardonel – A crisp dry white with a clean light finish. $5/glass; $16/bottle
  • Prairie Dew – Made in the style of the cool climate wines of Germany. Fruity and lightly sweet, a lot like Riesling. $5/glass; $16/bottle
  • Peach Sangria – Our special blend of white wine and classic citrus flavors with a touch of Peach. $5/glass; $16/bottle
  • Prairie Sunshine – Back by popular demand Our sweetest white. Muscato drinkers enjoy this wine.  $5/glass; $16/bottle

Fruit Wines

  • Adam’s Apple – Made from Illinois apples this wine is sweet but the sweetness does not over power the crisp taste of fresh apples. $5/glass; $16/bottle
  • Fireside Cran-Apple Spice  – Cranberry and Apple mingled with notes of orange, spice and honey. $5/glass; $16/bottle

Reds

  • Axl Rosé – A refreshingly clean rosé with hints of strawberry on the finish. Made from Illinois grown Chambourcin. $5/glass; $16/bottle
  • Chambourcin – A dry red of medium body and good acidity. Pairs well with Italian cuisine and tomato based dishes. $6/glass; $18/bottle
  • Prairie Barn Red – Sweet red wine with hints of chocolate & berries. $5/glass; $16/bottle

Dessert Wine

  • Harvest Moon – A dessert wine made from Vignoles grapes. It has matured for 6 years to attain it’s golden color and creamy smoothness with a nutty complexity and vanilla finish. $6/glass; $16/bottle

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