I llinois wine country has been a popular, and widening, spot on the map because of the growth in the winemaking industry and support of the local grape grower' booming businesses.

Thanks to support from the Illinois Grape and Wine Resources Council and the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, the state"s original five wineries of 1990 have blossomed to nearly ten times the number this year, with nearly fifty wineries producing their own special craft.

Cellars de Santom

2709 Lone Oak Road Ava IL 62907 Phone: 618-534-6282

Hickory Ridge Vineyard and Winery

1598 Hickory Ridge Road Pomona Illinois 62975 Phone: 618-893-1700

Kite Hill Vineyards

83 Kite Hil Rd Carbondale IL 62901 Jackson CountyPhone: 618-684-5072Website: http://www.kitehillvineyards.com

Monte Alegre Vineyards and Cellars

473 Ponce Trail Carbondale IL 62901 Phone: 618-549-3952Website: http://www.montealegrewines.com

Pomona Winery

2865 Hickory Ridge Road Pomona IL 62975 Jackson CountyPhone: 618-893-2623Website: http://www.pomonawinery.com

Von Jakob Vineyard & Brewery

230 IL-127 Alto Pass IL 62905 Phone: 618-893-4500Website: http://vonjakobvineyard.com