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


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Spoon River Junction

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Spoon River Junction

SRJX specializes in making creative wines for the adventurous! We’ve got something for everyone – reds, rosé, bourbon barrel-aged, even a vermouth.

2023 Featured Wines

  • Junction White – Made with local grapes, this dry white is great served chilled on its own but is crisp enough to work well with a variety of foods. Pineapple and stone fruit shine on the nose. Dry. Compares to:Pinot gris. Foods: White sauces, seafood, sausages
  • Junction Rosé – This was also made with local fruit in the tradition of rosé wines from northern Italy.  Intense flavors of strawberry, rose, and passionfruit dominate the nose and palate. It’s very crisp and refreshing, and perfect for picnics! Semi-Dry. Compares to: Rosé All Day! Foods: Fruity salads, seafood, grilled veggies.
  • Spoon River Red – A blend of locally-grown red grapes, ripened to maturity and aged in used bourbon barrels for 6 months to 1 year. The resultant wine has a more old-world profile, like a Burgundy or rustic Italian red. Dry to Semi-dry. Compares to: Old world Pinot. Food ideas: Wild game and fowl.
  • BrambleThis vivacious red was fermented with blackberries and raspberries to create a bright and fruity table wine balanced with a hint of oak. It’s finished semi-dry, and hase a light palate, but lingering berry finish. Semi-Dry. Compares to: Nouveau, bright red Zin. Food ideas: Sharp and salty artisan cheeses.
  • Honey Apple – Made with local honey and apples. This unusual co-fermentation improved the overall complexity and richness of the palate. The wine was then aged in bourbon barrels for 3-4 months prior to bottling. Semi-Sweet. Compares to: Off-dry Pinot Gris or Chenin Blanc. Food ideas: Fruity salads, white sauces, seafood.
  • Wildflower – This wine is a blend of two aromatic white grapes: one derived from a German grape and one from a type of Muscat variety.  The result is a delicious powerhouse white with intense floral and fruit aromas, sweet honey on the palate, and a long lingering finish. Sweet. Compares to: Riesling/Muscat. Food ideas: Spicy foods.
  • Concord – We wanted to do something a little different, blending the familiar character of the Concord grape with the tannic structure and warm vanilla flavor from bourbon barrels to create a more unique, interesting wine. Sweet. Compares to: Red Moscato. Food ideas: desserts.
  • Forgottonia Red Vermouth – This is a nod to classic vermouth wines from around the world, but is kept bright and fresh. Locally-grown grapes are naturally fermented to a higher alcohol percentage, then the wine is aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months while infused with a proprietary blend of herbs to add zesty character. Sweet and Boozy. Food ideas: best before or after dinner. Other ideas: Fantastic over ice, mix with bourbon for a new take on a Manhattan.
  • Forgottonia White VermouthThis white aperitif, made from the Vignoles grape, is sweet and higher in alcohol, then infused with herbs that add floral and bitter accents to the beautiful honey and stone fruit nose and palate. Sweet and Boozy. Food ideas: best before or after dinner. Other ideas: Fantastic over ice with a citrus twist and splash of tonic.