Several Shawnee Hills wineries, in partnership with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the Illinois Department of Agriculture, are proud to announce that Illinois-grown Rosé is the official wine of the Illinois Bicentennial! Rather than have a single wine represent the entire industry, a dry to semi-dry rosé was chosen as a quality-assured wine style for Illinois’ 200th birthday. Rosé was chosen because Illinois’ producers are making world-class wines in this style from a variety of grapes, including those grown in southern Illinois.
In order to be selected, wines must meet both quality and stylistic goals. These standards were established by collaborative efforts between industry members and grape and wine specialists. Each wine went through a quality assurance evaluation process to qualify to be named the Bicentennial Wine and we are excited about the opportunity this offers the public and to the wineries.
The first round of Rosé selections went to the following wineries in Southern Illinois:
• Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass, IL, for their 2017 Rosato
• Blue Sky Winery, Makanda, IL, for their Rosé Wine
• Kite Hill Winery, Carbondale, IL, for their Rosé
• StarView Winery, Cobden, IL, for their Dry Rosé
ABOUT ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL: On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union. The Illinois Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of what has been BORN, BUILT & GROWN in the state and a reminder of why we are #IllinoisProud.