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About Us

A Little About Sleepy Creek
Wine country in east central Illinois?  Sure, why not!  At least that's what Joe and Dawn Taylor said when starting second careers in the Illinois wine industry.  Joe, having been self-employed most of his life, wanted to start something new and Dawn, having always worked for someone else was ready to try something new too.  The result?  Sleepy Creek Vineyards!

Joe and Dawn started the vineyard in 2002 and opened the winery in 2007.  Growing 10 acres of grapes is hard but rewarding work, especially when the efforts result in a enjoyable glass of wine.  We employ about 10 people and rely on numerous volunteers to help us get everything done.  Your Sleepy Creek staff is friendly, helpful and always ready to serve you!  If you are interested in employment at Sleepy Creek, email a cover letter and resume to

Other Frequently Asked Questions are below but please if you have other questions, please just give us a call at 217-733-0330.

Where can I buy your wines?
We currently sell our wine in our tasting room, at a Illinois festivals and at the Urbana Farmer's Market.  Check our Facebook page, sign up for our newsletter or check our Events page on the website to find out where we might be.  Want to save money and get other exclusive benefits?  Consider joining our Purple Finger Club or becoming a member of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

We also ship wine to select states.
Click here to order.  Want us to ship wine to you (or to someone else as a gift) but your state isn't listed at the link above?  Unfortunately your state's law doesn't make it economically feasible.  Want to know more about shipping wine in the land of the free?  Go to
Can I purchase gift certificates or non-wine items online?
Unfortunately we do not have an online store yet but that's something we hope to offer soon.  However, if you would like to purchase a gift certificate or something you saw in our gift shop, we can take your order over the phone and ship for you.  Just give us a call!  Our phone number is 217-733-0330.

What can I expect during a typical visit to Sleepy Creek?  Do I need to make a reservation?
There is no better way to experience wine than right here from the source at our vineyard.  No reservations are needed to do a standard wine tasting.  We do wine tastings every day, all day!  Standard wine tastings are available daily up to 15 minutes prior to closing.  We offer three wine samples at no cost or you can taste eight items for $3.  We also offer reservations for a wine experience designed for those who want a more in-depth wine tasting and tours of the winery and vineyard.  For hours and details about our wine tastings for individuals and group experience tours, click HERE.

After your tasting, you can enjoy a glass or bottle of wine, a craft beer or soda, tea or coffee while browsing the gift shop, the upstairs art gallery or relaxing inside or outside.  Bring a picnic or purchase some of Ludwig Farmstead Creamery Cheese or Ropp Jersey Cheese and crackers here. For insurance reasons, please do not bring your own alcohol onto our property. Also, drink responsibly! Last call is generally 15 minutes before closing and we'd appreciate you leaving the premises shortly after closing time.

And remember, don't drink and drive.  Sip and stay at Sleepy Creek in our B&W Vacation Rental.  Want to know more?  Click here.

What other activities can I enjoy here and in the area?
Sleepy Creek is a great destination to meet friends and socialize.  We offer periodic live music and by original singers and songwriters, as well as other great entertainment.  We are a small venue to please take a moment to read read about our policies.  Annual events include the Salt Fork River Art Festival, Freeky Creek Film Festival, Wieners and Wine and more.  We have comedy, music and much more!  See our homepage for a schedule of current events.  You can also find us on FacebookTwitter and of course, we'd be happy to send you an email regarding our events (sign up here).  Got an RV?  We also welcome Harvest Hosts members.

When visiting us, why not also plan to visit the many local, unique places nearby?  There is shopping, golfing, dining, site seeing, hiking, horseback riding, quilting....!  Here is some information to get you started on planning your adventure.  Let us know what you are interested in and we can give you more suggestions.

Have your special event here at Sleepy Creek...
Our location is perfect for bridal showers, business meetings, other events and even weddings and receptions.  Inside our tasting room, the capacity is between 20 up to 75 people depending on date, times and setup.  For outside events, we have a outdoor event area for up to 150 guests.

...or take a vacation!
And our newest adventure is the vacation rental we call the B & W (bed and wine).  It's a rustic retreat right above our working winery so be sure to check out the whole webpage dedicated to this! 

There are many attractions and activities in the area.  From outdoor pursuits to indoor pursuits, there is a little bit of everything in Vermilion County and neighboring Champaign County.  

Where is Sleepy Creek Vineyards?

Located just 25 minutes from Champaign and a few minutes from Danville, just take exit 206 off of I-74 and go south 3.5 miles.  Click here for the latest news and activities or join our email list below.  We also can be found on Facebook and Twitter. 

Looking for a charitable donation or sponsorship?
Please submit a fully completed form for consideration.  Due to the severe winter weather of 2013 - 2014, we are very limited in our ability to donate currently.

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