Who is ready to take a trip to a secluded winery for the ultimate experience in relaxation and fun. Cameo Vineyards is nestled away in Greenup, Illinois approximately 2 hours from the city life of St. Louis. This vineyard crushes approximately 35 tons of llinois grapes each year to produce over 14 varieties of wine.
With everything from dry to sweet and red, white, and blushes, all wine enthusiasts will find something enjoyable from the Cameo Vineyards collection.
Cameo Vineyards started as a dream in 1991 when the owners, Sonya and Dan, first planted 70 grape vines. They quickly got the hang of the vineyard business and officially opened Cameo
Vineyards in 2002. They now have nearly 4,000 French-American hybrid grapevines covering close to seven acres in Southern Illinois. The owners are very hands on and can be seen working around the Vineyard each day. They both are proud to celebrate their 15th Business Anniversary this year.
The Vineyard itself reminds guests of California Wine Country since it is perched on a bluff overlooking a spectacular panoramic view of the hillside courtyard and the Embarras River Valley. Cameo is committed to producing fine regional wines and providing warm, personal service for its guest. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tastings, purchase wine by the glass, and browse through the gift shop. Feel free to grab some cheese and crackers to go with your selection as you take in the sights.
Cameo Vineyards has many varieties but like any winery, they are known specifically for a couple. If red wine is your thing, you have to try the Country Concord. This sweet red wine reminds you of grapes your grandma grew. It has a sweet and classic flavor and is great served chilled anytime. If you are in the market for a blush wine the Pink Catawba or the Embarras Blush is worth
checking out. The Pink Catawba is a semi-sweet wine made from the Catawba grape. It has a soft grapey taste balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. The Embarras Blush is the winner of a bronze medal for its sweet, delicate flavor. The grapes used for this wine are grown at Cameo making it a true original. Easily Cameo’s most popular choice is their white wine, Day Drinkin. This is a sweet, sangria wine and perfect to sip outside while enjoying the views of the Embarras River.
If you are looking to make a trip out of the winery, there are several lodging options in Greenup. You can also spend some time at the other sites including getting some photos of the Covered Bridge, enjoying the Lincoln Legacy Sites, or picking up something unique at one of the area antique shops or craft shops. There are also several great options to grab a bite to eat at including Backyard BBQ and Karla’s Down Home Diner. For a full listing of everything in Greenup, please click here.
Don’t just take our word for it, check out what others are saying about Cameo Vineyards. Many people agree with Amanda P on TripAdvisor about the “spectacular views and friendly atmosphere” or gush about their favorite wines. Kevin W highly recommends the “dry, red called River’s Edge”, that has hints of blackberry and cherry and pairs well with steak and hearty Italian dishes.
Cameo Vineyards is a great place to take a step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and to relax in an inviting atmosphere. You can unwind Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 5pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Sonya and Dan have created a warm and family-friendly atmosphere that will allow you to relax and enjoy yourself no matter the season or occasion for visiting. Make sure if you find something you like you grab some to go since their wine is mainly sold on location.
Embrace nature and enjoy the view of miles of vineyards at Cameo Vineyards. Wherever your travels take you, make sure you always find a little time to wine.
400 Mill Road
Greenup, IL 62428
Phone: (217) 923-9963
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