David and Susan Wesa purchased the 212 acre property now known as Shale Lake and have transformed it into a full winery, “heavy appetizers” shop, horse stables, small cabins and cottages, and a wine trail that you can rent surrey bicycles and leads to a Shale Lake that many enjoy for fishing. Shale Lake Winery also boasts a tasting room with a heated wine garden overlooking the 14-acre vineyard, a cozy winter loft, outdoor patio grove, and picnic areas. David and Susan ensure that all of their wine is made in Illinois and 100% produced from their winery.
Missouri has a few gems along the historic route, and Rosati is a sure treat full of impressive history and exhibits that include the mechanics of the pre-prohibition Missouri wine industry. Built by Italian immigrants the building houses a museum dedicated to the Italians who settled the Rosati community dating back to 1898 and helped develop the areas wine industry. In addition to the museum, there is a gift and wine shop and complimentary wine tasting with wines from throughout the state and Italy.
Summerside vineyards started in 1999 as a bed and breakfast and relocated to Vinita, Oklahoma in 2003 with plans to open an additional location in Tuttle. Summerside began as a 4-acre vineyard with Native American red grape, French-American hybrid white, and their estate Chambourcin grape was introduced along with mead (wine made from honey) in 2008. Summerside hosts a tasting room, gift shop, and cellar.
The Wine Tailor is located in California’s oldest winery location off Historic Route 66, near where the oldest winery in California, Thomas Winery, once was located. Aside from creating wines and wine tasting The Wine Tailor also allows you to create your own personal vintage wine and offers custom labels for their bottled wines.