Driving down IL route 173, just west of the Illinois tollway, I found a little winery in Antioch, IL of all places. The State of Illinois recently put up blue signs on Route 173 making it an officially recognized Illinois attraction. Who knew that a vineyard could grow and produce grapes in this part of Northern Illinois? I didn't. So last Friday afternoon, my wife and I ventured out to investigate this newly found treasure. We were greeted in the winery tasting area by Jim Trombino and his wife Donna. Jim is obviously very proud of the operation which he and his family started in 2009. He took us on a tour of the facility, explained which grape varietals they grow and how they survive the harsh winters in Northern Illinois. He also shared the history of the winery, the family involvement and his vision for the future. Then we got to the best part, tasting the wines. There is a small charge to taste, but we bought wines so the charge was waived. Jim took the time to explain each wine we tasted, the type of grape, the bouquet and dryness/sweetness. Most were semi dry, but all were very good. There is also a small gift shop where they showcase several local artists and their creations.
If you are looking for a fun afternoon of conversation and wine tasting, I highly recommend heading over to Vigneto del Bino in Antioch, IL. Say hi to Jim.
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