Amid lush rolling hills along the Big Muddy River in Carterville, Illinois – just 15 minutes from Carbondale – sits stately Walker’s Bluff. The sprawling property includes a winery and tasting room, acres of vineyards, a “wine cave” aging room and event space and a general store with gift items, plus a small, light lunch menu.

The tasting room features a full-service bar, including beer, cocktails and, of course, Walker’s range of wines. Try the Solar Red, a medium-bodied dry wine with notes of fig, plum, cherry and cranberry jam, made from a blend of Zinfandel and Syrah grapes; or the semi-dry Walker’s Bluff White, with aromas of gardenia, honeysuckle and jasmine, and flavors of peach, apricot and citrus.

The tasting room regularly hosts live music Thursday through Sunday, and serves salads, appetizers and brick-oven pizzas.

14250 Meridian Road,