Lavender Crest Winery opened its doors for the first time in November of 2004, introducing customers to an opportunity for a unique way to taste wine that is produced in the Midwest. For three years, Wilbert and Martha Rittmueller visited various Midwest and New York wineries. The result of those visits was starting this wonderful business. After a long search for the right location, the perfect spot was found on a nine-acre tract of land a few hundred yards east of I-80 on Route 6. The location featured easy access to local people and interstate travelers, and provided the potential that was desired for the birth of the new winery. The name was chosen for several reasons. Fond childhood memories of Martha's grandmother and a visit to a lavender field helped fuel the decision to enhance the experience the owners wanted to share. Thus, the name Lavender Crest Winery came into existence.
Lavender Crest Winery features wine production
, a wine tasting room, a gift shop
, a dining aread that serves lunch daily
, and a banquet center
that seats 250-300 guests. The banquet room has been host to wedding receptions
, business meetings, and ALL YOU CAN EAT PRIME RIB FRIDAYS where visitors are invited to listen to music, have a light meal, and let the cares of the week disappear. CHECK CALENDAR FOR PRIME RIB DATES. Guests can join a wine tour of our production facility
for $5 per person. The gift shop and lunch area feature a variety of drinks, wraps, paninis, sandwiches, soup, pastries, and other delicacies. The noon lunch
is highly popular and the dining room is often filled with guests.
Our goal is to exhibit the wonderful grapes grown in Illinois and the Midwest and according to our many loyal customers, we have achieved that goal. If your group or organization is looking for a unique location and experience to hold a meeting, or if you have a wedding reception or anniversary party in your future, please be sure to contact the wonderful staff at Lavender Crest Winery. We would love to work with you to help make the occasion one everyone will remember. Lavender Crest can create custom labels
that are personalized with a statement and a photo to further enhance a significant special occasion.
You don't have to be a part of a large group to come for a visit. Individuals, small groups, locals and visitors from far away are discovering the unique experience that Lavender Crest has to offer.
Contact Martha or any of our friendly staff
. We look forward to seeing you!