You are invited…
Come and experience one of Illinois’ most picturesque destinations or as we like to say, “Wine country in our own backyard”
We look forward to welcoming you to Mackinaw Valley Vineyard & Winery, a year round Midwest destination located conveniently in central Illinois about a 20-30 minute drive from Peoria, Morton, Bloomington-Normal, Pekin and Lincoln.
Visit our winery to taste a full complement of our Illinois Wines, we have about 20 different wines featured in our tasting room.
Guests may sample 3 complimentary tastings. Tastings are $1 each after three samples, current wine list shown.
WINE TASTING LIST
Dry Red Table Wines
Cody’s Round up Red
Foch -Frontenac Blend
Off Dry Red Table Wines
Eric’s Red -IT”S BACK!!
Sweet Red Table Wines
Flavored Wines-serve chilled
Trois Noir- chocolate flavored Red Wine.
Deux noir- blueberry & blackberry flavored Red Wine
Red Dragon- apple flavored Red Wine
White Dragon- pineapple flavored, White Wine
Diane’s Desire-sangria style wine
White Table Wines
Sweet & Semi-Sweet White Wines
Vignole’s Semi Sweet
Riesling -out until spring
Dry White Wines-Serve chilled
Seyval Dry (blue bottle)
Vignoles Dry ( blue bottle)
Wines are made on site from French American Hybrid grapes and some native varietals. Red wines are blended from French American Hybrid varietals; Marchel Foch, Frontenac, Corot Noir, Baco Noir and St Croix. Our White and Blush wines are made using Vignoles, Seyval Blanc, St Pepin,Edelweiss,La Crosse,Niagara and Cayuga White just to name a few. Wines are available for complimentary tasting and purchase by the bottle or glass to enjoy in our tasting room or out on one of our deck or patio areas.
We always offer a case discount of 10%
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
During the many years we’ve been in business, a majority of our customers have had a similar set of questions. This list aims to help you in getting the most popular queries answered.
Can we bring food with us?
YES, we allow guests to bring food with them. The food must be ready to serve, we don’t provide any refrigeration or preparation areas. Please bring whatever you will need to serve your foods.
Do you have Catering available?
YES, our on site catering services are provided exclusively by The Catering Company, they can be reached at 309-678-9000 and can provide menus and pricing.We don’t allow other caterers on premise.
Can Wedding Receptions or large groups do their own foods?
NO, groups over the size of 50 guests are not allowed to bring their own foods and must use The Catering Company.
Do you allow smoking?
YES, we allow smoking on the premises within the guidelines set by the State of Illinois. No one can smoke in any of the buildings or within 15 feet of any entrance or exit doors.
Do you allow pets on the property?
NO, we do not allow pets at the vineyard. Service animals are allowed.
If a party or event is scheduled like a wedding or reception is the vineyad and tasting room closed to the public?
NO, The tasting room will be open to the public during events scheduled during regular business hours and the hours are posted on our website.
Can I bring beverages or drinks with me if it is not wine?
NO, we don’t allow any drinks to be brought. All beverages of any kind must be purchased from us. Drinks or beverages are defined as “anything that you can drink”. The only exception is if you are using The Catering Company for a party or reception and they are able to bring in tea, coffee or lemonade with their meal service.
Can children or people under age 21 come to the vineyard?
YES, Children are welcome, we are a family friendly place, but they just need to be properly supervised at all times. We are always conscious of our lake and water features and never want an accident to occur. Children are naturally curious and innocent behavior on their part can have serious consequences, we want them to be safe.
Is Amateur Photography allowed?
YES- if the pictures are for personal use only, it is fine to take photos on our grounds during business hours , as long as it is not disrupting a wedding or other event that is scheduled.
Is Professional Photography allowed?
YES- but there is a fee for photography on the grounds of Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Property, it is $100 per hour for professional photographers or amateur photographers that are using photos for personal gain as art or for promotional material or for resale of images for photostock. Use of grounds as a studio setting for a photographers and their clients must be scheduled in advance and approved by the event coordinator for the vineyard. The minimum fee is $100 even if time used is less than one hour. All photographs, hard copy, digital and electronic video or photographic media such as; websites, Facebook, pinterest, instagram and any publication for professional or promotional use must be documented as taken at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw Illinois. The documentation must be in the body of the photographic likeness in all forms and media in no smaller than an 8 font type that is legible to readers and viewers of the photo, video or digital material. This applies to any photographic likeness in all forms and media for advertising, trade and other purposes. The photography fee does not apply to photographers hired by our wedding clients to photograph their wedding day.
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS
Congratulations on your engagement! Thank you for considering the vineyard for your Central Illinois wedding and reception location. We have been in business 16 years and have helped hundreds of families create wonderful wedding day memories at the vineyard. We look forward to meeting with you and helping with your special day.
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Wedding Ceremonies: Ceremonies are traditionally held at the lake gazebo with a large concrete area for guest seating or the pergola in the vineyard with a large grass seating area. These areas are nice for both small and large wedding ceremonies. Couples have also taken their vows on other areas of the grounds. The vineyard is available to host weddings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays though we have on occasion hosted weekday weddings to meet special circumstances. Wedding fees are for use of the gazebo or pergola area you choose for your wedding ceremony and the chairs for the ceremony are rented from the vineyard for an additional $2 each. The chairs are setup and put away by vineyard staff. On Saturdays, June through September the latest we schedule wedding ceremonies is 3pm. Friday and Sunday weddings can be scheduled to start later then 3pm, many Friday ceremonies start at 530pm with the reception to follow.
Receptions: Our pavilion space will seat up to 310 guests with beautiful views of the lake and vineyards for a picturesque and unique setting in Central Illinois. The pavilion can be left open and used as an outdoor space or with the glass panel doors closed the building can be heated if chilly but maintain the natural lighting, vineyard and lake views. Included in your fees for the reception are all the tables and chairs needed for your reception setup by our staff per a layout that is determined with the Vineyard Event Coordinator,the use of the pavilion facility and the bar serving staff. The pavilion also has a large covered patio area that can seat additional guests and is often used as a dance floor area by receptions or outdoor games. For receptions the pavilion is a private space with its own restrooms, bar service and food service. The pavilion and all our public areas are fully handicapped accessible. The pavilion is used from mid April to late November. We can host smaller receptions and weddings indoors other months of the year for up to 85 guests in the main tasting room building with a small dance floor area.
Getting ready for the big day: We have two bridal changing rooms for the bridal party to have a private space to dress and socialize. Your wedding rehearsal and early arrival the day of the wedding or reception to decorate and take photos are included in your fees.
Pictures of the grounds: We have a Facebook page, Mackinaw Winery-www.Facebook.com/MackinawWinery, with many pictures on it of our facility with weddings and reception shown in addition to the pictures on our Photo Gallery page.
Catering: The caterer we use is The Catering Company and they can be reached at 309-678-9000 for questions on menus and pricing. We do not allow other caterers or let wedding receptions do their own foods. The Catering Company can also rent linens for the reception. The caterer’s website is-www.CateringCompany.biz and email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting in Touch: Our Event Coordinator can send our pricing and information to you as well as available dates. Please email email@example.com for available date information, pricing and general information or call Diane at 309-645-5054. Meetings can be scheduled to visit the grounds and see firsthand what the vineyard has to offer.
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard & Winery is the central Illinois location for many types of events.
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is the premiere picturesque location in Central Illinois to hold your wedding, shower, reception, birthday party or corporate event. We offer on site catering tailored to individual needs and budget. For weddings we can also offer references for local wedding cake specialists, florists and photographers that will make your special day a wonderful memory for all. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get pricing and date availability or call our events coordinator at 309-645-5054 if you’d like to setup a time to visit. We look forward to meeting you and hosting your group at the vineyard. The Catering Company does all our event catering and they can be reached at 309-678-9000 for menus and pricing for your event.
For something different schedule a tour and tasting for your group of 10 or more guests to see behind the scenes winemaking areas and learn about wine tasting techniques at a formal tasting. Or try our new Wine and Chocolate tasting featuring our wines paired with chocolates from a local Chocolatier. Treat yourself with a visit to our vineyard and winery and visit “Wine Country in your own Backyard” today.