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 (Aaron, Chelsia, Jenna, Jodi, Tony, Kayla, Rachel and Rebecca) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchasing our Wines
We currently sell our wine in our tasting room and at a few festivals every year. 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 http://freethegrapes.org/
What can you expect during a typical visit to Sleepy Creek?
There is no better way to experience wine than right here from the source at our vineyard. You will often find Joe or Dawn behind the bar or one of the friendly staff pouring wine and conducting tastings. Due to state law and effective Feb 1, 2012, we now offer three wine samples at no cost or you can taste them all for $3. Discounts on purchases are available to Vermilion County educators with ID, Vermilion County Farm Bureau members and Purple Finger Club members. Case discounts of 12 or more bottles are available to everyone. We accept cash, checks and all credit cards. We also sell gift certificates.
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. We also often have some local honey and Brooke's Candy Co. chocolates. If we aren't too busy, we'd be happy to show you the winery and talk about the wine making process.
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 you 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, First Sundays and more. See our homepage for a schedule of current events. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and of course, we'd be happy to send you an email regarding our events (sign up below). Got an RV? We also welcome Harvest Hosts members.
Or visit many local, unique places for shopping, golfing, eating, 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 are developing a special wedding area for up to 300 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.
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