Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of southwestern Illinois are two hidden gems that have been making waves in the wine industry. Twelve Oaks Winery and Crooked Creek Winery, both recent award-winning wineries in Clinton County, IL, offer visitors an unforgettable experience steeped in tradition, passion, and exceptional craftsmanship.
Twelve Oaks Winery
18975 Vogel Rd, Carlyle
Although the locals have known for a while that the wine coming out of Twelve Oaks Winery is something special, the state of Illinois agreed at the State Fair! Our local winery was the winner of:
- Best of Show Governor’s Cup for their 2022 Vignoles
- Governor’s Cup for Illinois-grown fruit for dessert wine with their 2021 Chambourcin Classic
- Top Award for Rose Wine for their 2022 Marquette Rose
Wow! This comes on the heels of their 2019 win for the famous Hummingbird Dance, a blush wine.
The two one-acre vineyards that nestle around the small lake continue to produce exceptional wines. Choose from over a dozen bottlings available at their tasting room (which closes briefly during the winter) or at local retailers.
Crooked Creek Winery
24585 W 10th St, Centralia
107 N Oak, Downtown Centralia
Crooked Creek Winery has been known as an innovator in its wine and fun second location downtown, featuring live entertainment, local beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Crooked Creek was inducted into the Illinois Made program this year after being chosen by the Illinois Office of Tourism.
Members of this program are the makers, creators, and artisans whose products help craft a personal representation of the state of Illinois. This year’s applicant pool was vast, so Crooked Creek’s selection is unique!
Clinton County’s Special Bounty
Clinton County is truly blessed to have these award-winning wineries like Twelve Oaks Winery and Crooked Creek Winery. They are not the only great wineries found in the county! You can also visit Hidden Lake Winery, which has cabins for overnight stays. Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery has a full-service restaurant, banquet room, and a tasting area.
The wineries are just one example of the many other vibrant local businesses throughout the County. We also have a varied group of excellent restaurants and parks and lakes for fishing and camping! No matter the season, Clinton County is buzzing with activity!
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