A former horse farm in Centralia, Illinois, has been re-imagined as the charming Crooked Creek Winery. Owners Shannon and Mindy Cooney—she’s a native of Germantown—had been living in Los Angeles. Wine was central to their lives. Not only did they enjoy visiting wineries around the world, they got married in a winery and honeymooned at one too. Wanting to raise a family in the country nearby relatives, they headed back to the Midwest and bought Crooked Creek Winery.
The small family winery sits on the back roads of Hoffman, just outside of Centralia, and its peaceful setting with a big red barn is super inviting. The wines incorporate locally-grown grapes and include a range of flavors, from dry to sweet. The popular Barn Dance Red is a blend of Concord, Chambourcin and local Norton grapes, that nets a fruit-forward, slightly sweet wine with a good amount of body. The winery’s driest varietal is Estate Chambourcin, a light and elegant wine made from grapes grown Crooked Creek’s own vineyards. Other available wines are semi-sweet Chamboucin; a sweet Easy Red, made from Concord grapes; and Norton, a dry red with slight floral notes and a velvety finish.
Visitors can visit the Winery on Saturdays and Sundays and enjoy a tasting of wines. Crooked Creek has occasional events as well, so be sure to check out their Facebook page. And if you’re looking for a cool wedding venue, ask about booking the charming red barn.
Crooked Creek Winery
24585 W. 10th Street Road, Centralia, IL
Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Crooked Creek Winery is one of four wineries on the Heartland Wine Trail here in Clinton County. Why not come for a visit and check them all out!