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Illinois Wine Experience


Thank you for your interest in the Illinois State Fair. Information regarding the 2015 Wine Tent schedule is not available at this time.

BRAND NEW LOCATION! Come taste wines from nearly 20 Illinois wineries inside the Twilight Ballroom from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. everyday! The Twilight Ballroom also features live entertainment nightly at 7 p.m. from a number of varied and talented jazz, swing, blues, big band, orchestral, and dance musicians.

The Twilight Ballroom is located on Central Avenue directly west of the U.S. Cellular High Dive Show. Admission is free, with sampling tickets available for $1 each. A complementary wineglass is provided when you buy more than 10 tasting tickets. Wine may also be purchased by the glass, bottle and case from each winery. The event is open to anyone, must be 21 years of age or older to taste the wines.
The Illinois Wine Experience is sponsored by The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA). IGGVA established in 1992, is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the viticulture and enology interests of Illinois through information exchange and cooperation among Illinois grape producers and vintners. The Illinois wine industry has exploded in recent years, growing from just 12 wineries in 1997 to 79 today. During this time, the acreage devoted to grape production has grown at a tremendous rate, and today Illinois is consistently among the top 12 wine-producing states. Today the Illinois wine industry creates a direct economic impact of more than $253 million annually. The nearly 80 wineries that span Illinois have also brought with them a host of charming bed and breakfasts and local crafts businesses. The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association predict continued growth in the coming years and invite you to discover the genuine culture of Illinois Wine Country here at the Illinois Wine Experience.