Our Wines : Rustle Hill Winery

Our Wines

Chambourcin is one of the premier grapes in southern Illinois. A hybrid that was originally developed in the Loire valley of France, it made its way to the cooler climate areas of North America, and the wine growing region of the Shawnee Hills.

The premier Rustle Hill Chambourcin is a robust dry wine, offering expressive aromas, with thick skins, high tannins and good acidity. The Rustle Hill Chambourcin has a faint hint of oak, currant and blackberry flavors and a smoky character. It’s got a long finish of toast and coffee.

The Rustle Hill Rose is a white Chambourcin, semi-Dry wine, with crisp cherry and strawberry flavors.

We spent 6 months looking for a good sweet red wine, and we found it in the Chambourcin grape! The Rustle Hill Sweet Chambourcin tastes of cherry, plum and raspberry, and finishes smooth and soft.

Dessert Chambourcin is the Rustle Hill dessert wine. It has been aged in old oak barrels for five years, and has subtle flavors of chocolate and dark berry fruit. It finishes with a strong orange and spice nose.

Seyval Blanc is a wonderful white grape that loves the weather in southern Illinois. We originally finished it into a crisp dry wine, and it became our customers favorite. Soon thereafter, we tried it as a sweet, and “Sweet Seyval” has found a home here on the Hill.Vidal Blanc is our driest white, and it won the Gold Medal at the Finger Lakes International Competition.

Chardonel – A late ripening hybrid grape, with flavors of peach, pear and hazelnut. It finishes with a bit of licorice and spice at the end. We liked it so much, we sent it to Dallas, where it won a Gold Medal at the Dallas International Competition.

Traminette is our newest addition. It has a spicy character, with a bouquet of honey, apricot and orange blossom. It finishes long and crisp, and disappears with a tang.