NEW BERLIN, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday joined the Danenberger family to uncork their vineyards’ Illinois Bicentennial Rosé, one of sixteen wines from thirteen wineries across the state designated by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance (IGGVA) as official Bicentennial Illinois-grown rosés. Dry to semi-dry rosé was chosen as the featured style because Illinois producers are developing these world-class wines from a variety of grapes that are successfully grown in both northern and southern Illinois.
There are nearly 1500 grape-bearing acres of land in the state. In 2017, Illinois wine makers produced 2.4 million gallons of wine.
“Illinois is home to more than 72,000 farms, and the Bicentennial Rosé recognizes our rich agricultural heritage by featuring vineyards from across the state,” Rauner said. “As we celebrate 200 years of remarkable productivity, we raise a glass to the Illinoisans who have cultivated our lands and built up their businesses throughout the decades so that we could become a national leader in agriculture.”
In 1987, Danenberger Family Vineyards became one of Illinois’ nearly 10,000 Centennial Farms, an agricultural property owned by the same family of lineal or collateral descendants for at least 100 years.
“We are so honored to be named one of the official bicentennial wines for the State of Illinois,” Danenberger Family Vineyards Winemaker Susan Sullivan Danenberger said. “I am proud of my family’s heritage on our centennial farm and that we are continuing the tradition by making local Illinois wine. So many people have supported us along the way, so we’d like to say thank you to our amazing patrons and the local community for enjoying our wine and sharing our vision."
Alto Vineyards – 2017 Rosato, Alto Pass
August Hill Winery – 2017 La Belle Rosé, Peru
August Hill Winery – Chambourcin Rosé, Peru
Blue Sky Vineyards – White Chambourcin, Makanda
Danenberger Family Vineyards – LoveLocks 2017 Chambourcin Dry Rosé, New Berlin
Galena Cellars – Chambourcin Rosé, Galena
Galena Cellars – Frontenac Gris, Galena
Galena Cellars – Vineyard Rosé, Galena
Hidden Lake Winery – Chambourcin Rosé, Aviston
Kite Hill Vineyards – Rosé, Carbondale
Massbach Ridge Winery – 2017 Sunrise Red Rosé Wine, Elizabeth
Prairie State Winery – Chambourcin Rosé, Genoa
Spirit Knob Winery – Day’s End, Ursa
StarView Vineyards – Dry Rosé, Cobden
Twelve Oaks Vineyard – Chambourcin Rosé, Carlyle
West of Wise Winery – Rosé, Petersburg
All thirteen featured wineries will be celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial with events and activities throughout the year. For more information, please visit illinoiswine.com.