Anchoring the eastern end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Blue Sky Vineyard offers a taste of Tuscany in the hills of Southern Illinois. Their tasting room is open year-round, 7 days a week, for wine tasting, a variety of hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and snacks, as well as wine-alternatives such as beer and mixed drinks. Their large indoor seating area and two beautiful outdoor terraces overlook the vineyard and the rolling countryside. It is the perfect place for a romantic get-away, weddings and tasting fun. Blue Sky Vineyard’s beautiful, Tuscan inspired winery opened for business July 4th, 2005.
Blue Sky Vineyards | 3150 South Rocky Comfort Rd | Makanda, IL 62958 | (618) 995-WINE. For more information, go to: www.blueskyvineyard.com
Inside Out carries the following Blue Sky Vineyard Wines:
Cabernet Franc A rich aroma full of black currant and plum blends with seductive fruit flavors and mellow hints of oak creating an elegant wine with an impressively long savoriness.
Chambourcin This full-bodied dry red wine, aged in French and American oak, is fruit forward and has a smooth mid-palate with a silky finish.
Chardonel This dry white wine has aromatic scents of fresh apples and pears with a light oak character. Rich in texture, subtle oak nuances mingle with pleasant fruity flavors for a fresh, clean finish, sure to please the palate.
Chardonnay Silver A medium-bodied white wine with soft floral aromas and hints of fresh pear and lemon resting on a creamy almond background
Norton Aromas of cedar and intense berry flavors bound from the glass of this full-bodied wine creating a bold, full-bodied flavor sure to tantalize your palate.
Vignoles A clean full-bodied, white wine with luscious grapefruit flavors and crisp tropical aromas. A full body and smooth finish make this wine a treat for any palate.
Papa’s Rosa This red wine is made from one of Illinois’ finest grape varieties, the Chambourcin grape. It is meant to be drunk young, similar to a Nouveau wine. Notes of black currants, cherry, and vanilla give this wine a smooth finish.
Seyval A light-bodied white wine with hints of apple and pear. A slight suggestion of pineapple flows across the palate for a delicate finish.
Misterioso This medium-bodied rose` wine is crisp and clean with a berry nose and a delightful, fruity finish. Sweet ripe berry aromas and zesty citrus flavors flow across the palate for an unforgettable, vibrant finish.
Traminette A floral nose harmonizes with flavors of honey and apricot. An unexpected spicy finish adds to the character of this charming Illinois wine.
Concord Called America’s original dessert wine, Concord is famous for its deep purple color and classic sweetness. The intense fruity flavor of the Concord grape lingers long after the last sip.
Niagara A sweet Illinois wine with an intensity and depth that you can only get from a Native American variety. A flavor reminiscent of grapes from Grandma’s back yard.
Rocky Comfort Red This vibrant sweet wine is made from a medley of grapes. A complex wine with a clean crisp flavor and a wealth of character that can only be found in southern Illinois.
Rocky Comfort White A unique blend of white Southern Illinois grapes, delicate notes of pineapple and pear mingle with a touch of lemon for a wonderfully soft finish.
Renaissance Norton Port Vinted in classic fashion, this Norton has a deep, ruby color with rich flavors of blackberry and dark cherry.
Shawnee Creme Rich aromas of butterscotch and almonds compliment this deliciously, sweet sherry made with the Niagara grape with nuances of toffee and a creamy finish.