The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, Downtown
Springfield Inc. and the Old Capitol Foundation are teaming up to
offer the wine festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to
5 p.m. Sunday. The event is open to anyone 21 years of age or older
and will be at the southwest corner of Fifth and Jefferson streets
in downtown Springfield.
The Debbie Ross Band will take the stage
at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $10, which includes a wine glass and five sampling
tickets. Wine may also be purchased by the glass, bottle and case.
A new feature this year will be a $30 package special that
includes two admissions, two wine glasses, a sampler food platter
and 12 tasting tickets. Tickets for this special deal must be
purchased in advance at
www.downtownspringfield.org. To redeem, print a copy of the
receipt and present it at the event entrance gate.
The wine tasting event is in conjunction with the
Old Capitol Art Fair. Tickets
can be purchased at the gate or in advance at
Illinois wineries and breweries taking part in the event are Alto
Vineyards, Baxter's Vineyards & Winery, Berryville Vineyards,
Collver Family Winery, Fox Creek Vineyards Co., Hill Prairie Winery,
Hopewell Winery, Kite Hill Vineyards, Lasata Winery, Lyn-Nita
Vineyards, Pheasant Hollow Winery, Shawnee Winery, Sleepy Creek,
Spirit Knob Winery, Villa Marie/Piasa Wineries, and Rolling Meadows
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The Old Capitol Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose
mission is to promote history education, outreach and public
awareness of the Old State Capitol and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices,
both state historic sites administered by the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency. The foundation is actively raising funds and
awareness to support History Comes Alive, a living history project
that will return to downtown Springfield this summer.
Downtown Springfield Inc., a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit
organization formed in 1993, works to preserve, promote and enhance
Springfield's historic central business district. Its mission is to
help make downtown Springfield an ideal place to shop, work, visit,
invest and live.
The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, established
in 1992, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the
viticulture and enology interests of Illinois through information
exchange and cooperation among Illinois grape producers and
vintners. The Illinois wine industry has exploded in recent years,
growing from just 12 wineries in 1997 to 91 today.
For more information on the Art of Illinois Wine Festival, visit
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]