The Oldest Winery in Illinois, Alton Brown and WineChannelTV
Any winery that’s been growing grapes for over 100 years and still going strong must be doing something right. Baxter’s Vineyard in Nauvoo, Illinois is doing just that and I got a chance to meet with them a few weeks ago.
I met with Baxter’s at the Art of Illinois Wine Festival in Springfield, Illinois to sample some of Illinois’ finest wine.
Brenda, owner of Baxter’s Winery, filled me in that at one time there was over 600 acres of grapes growing in Nauvoo, but now there’s less than 50 acres. Concord and Niagara varietals are their most popular wines, and they’ve been around since 1857 when the winery came to fruition.
We tasted some of the Niagara Wine that Brenda boasted “tastes like a white grape in your mouth,” and it runs for about $10 a bottle.
As well , Brenda filled me in that Alton Brown, the Food Network Host, recently rode down there on his BMW motorcycle for his Feasting on Asphalt show to sample some of their famous homemade pies and wine.
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