Frequently asked questions
During the many years we’ve been in business, a majority of our customers have had a similar set of questions.
This list aims to help you in getting the most popular queries answered.
Can we bring food with us?
YES, we allow guests to bring food with them. The food must be ready to serve, we don’t provide any refrigeration or preparation areas. Please bring whatever you will need to serve your foods.
Do you have Catering available?
YES, our on site catering services are provided exclusively by The Catering Company, they can be reached at 309-678-9000 and can provide menus and pricing.We don’t allow other caterers on premise.
Can Wedding Receptions or large groups do their own foods?
NO, groups over the size of 50 guests are not allowed to bring their own foods and must use The Catering Company.
Do you allow smoking?
YES, we allow smoking on the premises within the guidelines set by the State of Illinois. No one can smoke in any of the buildings or within 15 feet of any entrance or exit doors.
Do you allow pets on the property?
NO, we do not allow pets at the vineyard. Service animals are allowed.
If a party or event is scheduled like a wedding or reception is the vineyad and tasting room closed to the public?
NO, The tasting room will be open to the public during events scheduled during regular business hours and the hours are posted on our website.
Can I bring beverages or drinks with me if it is not wine?
NO, we don’t allow any drinks to be brought. All beverages of any kind must be purchased from us. Drinks or beverages are defined as “anything that you can drink”. The only exception is if you are using The Catering Company for a party or reception and they are able to bring in tea, coffee or lemonade with their meal service.
Can children or people under age 21 come to the vineyard?
YES, Children are welcome, we are a family friendly place, but they just need to be properly supervised at all times. We are always conscious of our lake and water features and never want an accident to occur. Children are naturally curious and innocent behavior on their part can have serious consequences, we want them to be safe.
Is Amateur Photography allowed?
YES- if the pictures are for personal use only, it is fine to take photos on our grounds during business hours , as long as it is not disrupting a wedding or other event that is scheduled.
Is Professional Photography allowed?
YES- but there is a fee for photography on the grounds of Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Property, it is $100 per hour for professional photographers or amateur photographers that are using photos for personal gain as art or for promotional material or for resale of images for photostock. Use of grounds as a studio setting for a photographers and their clients must be scheduled in advance and approved by the event coordinator for the vineyard. The minimum fee is $100 even if time used is less than one hour. All photographs, hard copy, digital and electronic video or photographic media such as; websites, Facebook, pinterest, instagram and any publication for professional or promotional use must be documented as taken at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw Illinois. The documentation must be in the body of the photographic likeness in all forms and media in no smaller than an 8 font type that is legible to readers and viewers of the photo, video or digital material. This applies to any photographic likeness in all forms and media for advertising, trade and other purposes. The photography fee does not apply to photographers hired by our wedding clients to photograph their wedding day.
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