Vintage Illinois 2022
September 17-18! Join us in Utica, Illinois for the state's largest wine festival.


Vintage Illinois in Utica, Ilinois/Illinois Sparkling Co.

Illinois Sparkling Co.Wineries

Illinois Sparkling Co.

  • Booth #: 2

Illinois Sparkling Co.

Illinois Sparkling Co. is an independent craft winery obsessed with making exceptional sparkling wine using the traditional method and ancestral method. What is “traditional method?” It’s the most hands-on, labor intensive, old–fashioned, all-natural, way to make sparkling wine. It’s the way they’ve done it in France for centuries, and it happens to be the only way to make the BEST sparkling wine. Period. So that’s the way we do it at Illinois Sparkling Co. We know that all the effort, skill, and craftsmanship that goes into the process results in something truly extraordinary and unique in every bottle. And we think it’s worth it.

Years ago, Mark & Teri Wenzel, owners of August Hill Winery, became fascinated with Champagnes and Sparkling Wines. When Mark, the winemaker for August Hill, realized that Illinois was a region primed to produce world-class sparkling wine grapes, he dove headfirst into sparkling experimentation. The grapes used in our sparkling wines are 100% Illinois grown, and each wine is handcrafted at our winery in Peru, Illinois. Mark oversees this entire intense process – from partnering with the very best growers in Illinois, to meticulously blending and tasting (and tasting, and tasting) our cuvees until he is perfectly satisfied.

2023 Featured Wines

Traditional Method Sparkling Wines

  • Brut (Brut) – Light & crisp, yet bold & full-bodied, our signature Brut stands up to its name. Like liquid gold, it’s a true classic. Traditional, yet exciting. Great for any occasion. Try it if you like:  Belgian Ales, Citrus, or An Excuse to Toast
  • Brut Ombre Rosé (Brut) – Our award-winning Brut Ombré Rosé features hints of raspberry & great acidity. Subtle color variations make each vintage unique. Best of Class & Double Gold Medal at the 2023 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition
  • Demi Sec Rosé – This bold little rosé brings a depth of color & flavor to delight your senses. Hints of chocolate, cherry, and cinnamon underscore a slightly fruity first layer. Try it if you like:  Strawberry daiquiris, Pavlova, Stolen kisses

Ancestral Method Sparkling Wines

  • Back to Back – Going back to back like it’s Jordan ‘96, ’97, this is ISC’s second sparkling collab with the pét nat champions, Pét Nat Posse. Clean and gluggable, like the sweet taste of victory. Enjoy notes of pear & apple cider, peach cotton candy, and grapefruit. Try if you like: Reruns of the 90’s Bulls, Stadium Nachos, Championship parades.

August Hill Winery wines are also served at this booth. Click here for information on these wines.

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