Visit Our Winery
What started as a dream in the spring of 1998 with the planting of the vineyard has developed into a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of today's hectic world. Mackinaw Valley Vineyard hosts a winery, tasting room and gift shop. Choose from a selection of award winning red and white wines to savor by the glass or bottle. The winery and vineyard are situated on a glacial moraine and the natural high spot affords a beautiful view of the surrounding valley. Complete your wine experience with a selection of Ropp cheese and crackers or some confectionery chocolates while taking in the panoramic view from the tasting room or veranda.
The vineyard and winery are a true family affair. The vineyard and winery were started by Paul Hahn and his three children, Alexander, Nicole and Eric are the namesakes for three of the winery's popular blended wines - Alexander's Conquest, Nicole's Blush and Eric's Red. The year 2006 saw the Hahn family grow larger with Paul's marriage to Diane in November. Diane and her three children Cole, Carly and Cody enjoy helping in the family business and Paul was happy to see his workforce doubled without adding any new payroll expenses.
Before the opening of the tasting room in May of 2003, the vineyard was awarded "Vineyard of the Year" by the Illinois Grape Grower's and Vintner's Association (IGGVA). Alexander's Conquest, a dry red wine, received "Best of Show" honors at the 2003 Illinois State Fair against more than 250 entries. Nicole's Blush and Eric's Red took home Silver Medals in their respective categories and Eric's Red took home a Silver Medal at the 2003 Indy International Wine Competition in its category. Winemaker Paul Hahn was also awarded "Illinois Winemaker of the Year" by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintner's Association.
The tasting room, deck areas, pavilion and surrounding grounds are available to rent for business meetings, office parties, and family or social events. We also host many weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. During the winter and early spring months we are open Saturday evenings for Trivia Game nights and Murder Mystery Dinners. During the summer and early fall the vineyard hosts Saturday evening concerts and four Annual Festivals. These events and dates are listed on the Events page. Catering for wedding receptions or group events is available by The Catering Company and they can be reached at 309-678-9000 for menus and pricing. Small groups are allowed to bring their own foods.
During business hours guests may taste wine at the tasting room with complimentary tasting for the first three samples. There are usually 20 wines to choose from and additional wines may be sampled for $1 each. The wine maker Paul Hahn and his family invite you to enjoy their hospitality, the beautiful 30 mile view from the tasting room and a glass of wine...or two! Come out today to visit "Wine Country in Your Own Backyard", you'll be glad you did.