Although the lovely community of Litchfield is perhaps most well-known for its 3 mile stretch of Historic Route 66, the Mother Road and its historic attractions are just the beginning of all this great small town has to offer visitors throughout the year.
A Growing Wine Region
Wine tourism or enotourism is a fast growing way to enjoy a day or a weekend for millions of tourists in the U.S. and around the world. While areas in California or Washington may be more well-known, Illinois has its own popular and growing wine regions as well. Litchfield is the northernmost area of the Heartland Rivers Wine Trail, one of Illinois popular wine trails. Showcasing 12 of the most exciting and growing wineries in the region, the trail offers travelers a closer look at the history of the wine in the region and a taste of some of its best southwest Illinois wines available.
Featured Wineries on the Trail Near Litchfield
Forsee Vineyards – established in 2008, this popular winery/vineyard is nestled in Montgomery County not far from Litchfield. Free wine tasting and a chance to step into the winery and see the process or take time to enjoy a glass of your favorite on the deck overlooking the vineyards.
The Winery at Shale Lake – another nearby winery is at Shale Lake. A popular recreation area itself, Shale Lake activities include fishing, horseback riding trails and even cabins and cottages to rent. Stop by the winery and enjoy some tasting and some fun. Open each weekend throughout the year, the winery offers bikes for rent, a heated wine garden, beautiful tasting room, patio, loft, food and plenty more.
Plainview Vineyard and Winery – last on our list is the Plainview Vineyard and Winery. Located just outside Plainview, not far from Litchfield, this popular winery and vineyard offer a peaceful, rural setting in southwest Illinois. Enjoy the year round views, the comfort controlled tasting, friendly staff and amazing wine.
Bill Bailey Litchfield Illinois A Destination Review
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