After living in Ebrach, Germany, for many years, we made the decision in 1999 to come to McLean County, where we purchased our small farm. Our dream had always been to be involved with farming and although we hadn't originally thought about grapes, that's exactly where our interests led us.
In 2003, we planted the first vines on three acres and have been adding new ones ever since.
Twelve acres are currently planted with Seyval Blanc, Frontenac, Foch, Traminette, Cayuga White, Steuben, Chardonel, St. Croix, Marquette,
Kay Gray and Johannisberg Riesling grapes.
In 2010, we purchased the neighboring property which included a log home that has been remodeled into our winery and tasting room. The construction of the pond followed and
on Memorial Day 2011 we opened the tasting room to the public.
In 2013 our Bernese Red won a Silver Medal at the Illinois
State Fair Wine Competition. Check your local stores for our wine. You can also get our wine online through
Vinoshipper.com. Visit the
Vinoshipper website to see which states we ship to.
To learn more about the winery see this article "Midwestern, German heritages combine for fine wine"
dated March 31, 2015 on AGRINEWS website. Also, catch the article
about Mary from the ISU Alumni Magazine dated February 15, 2016 called
Field: Alumna's vineyard dream takes root in Illinois."
But if you are in the area, please visit us at the winery! We welcome guests to share our dream.
Sunset Lake Vineyards Wine Club
Join us and fellow wine lovers on a journey of discovering home
grown Midwestern grapes by becoming a member of our exclusive Sunset
Lake Vineyards Wine Club. There is no cost to join! To check out the
benefits and details, click here:
more information about the SLV Wine Club, contact us at 309-376-2960, or visit the winery.
Note our regular hours are in effect April through October and our
Winter hours are in effect November, December, February and March. We are closed January, except by appointment. Tastings can also be arranged by appointment. Outside beverages are not allowed. For our designated drivers we offer a variety of soft drinks and bottled water for purchase. Tasting groups of 10 or more are kindly asked to call ahead.
Planning a party or event?
Our winery is available! Contact us at 309-376-2960. We now partner with Simply Delectable Catering for your culinary needs.
Pet Policy: We kindly ask you to please leave your pets at home. We cannot allow any dogs, cats or other pets on to our property. Service dogs, of course are always welcome.
Children: If you consider bringing your children, please be aware that
Sunset Lake Vineyards will not be responsible for them. Children under the age of 16 MUST either be seated with or accompanied by an adult AT ALL TIMES. Visitors with disruptive or unattended children may be asked to leave.
WARNING: It is against the
law to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind on SLV property. We
reserve the right to inspect coolers and confiscate any beverages not
purchased through SLV.
Sunset Lake Vineyards
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Sunset Lake Vineyards and Winery
8621 E. 2100 North Road
Carlock, IL 61725
Near Ropp Jersey Cheese Dairy (2676 Ropp Rd)
for "tourist attractions" signs on I-74 exit 120,
or I-39 exit 5, and follow trailblazers to the winery!
Regular Hours (Apr - Oct)
Monday - Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday - Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Hours subject to change during harvest
To verify hours please call 309-376-2960
Winter Hours (Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar) *
Monday 11am - 6pm
Tuesday - Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 8pm
Saturday 11am - 8pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
* Closed January, except by appointment
Winery will be closed on the following
dates/times due to private events:
Preferred Method of Payment:
Cash or Local Check
Minimum $10 purchase when using a credit card.
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