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As a member of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, we are located among the beautiful rollings hills of the Shawnee National Forest just south of Carbondale, IL. Von Jakob offers an enjoyable atmosphere to relax and unwind. Our spacious decks (covered and uncovered) and cozy fireplaces provide an opportunity to relax and unwind any time of the year. With over 20 varieties of wine and a growing craft brewery, there is sure to be something for everyone. And when hunger strikes, we have a delicious menu that will satisfy your taste buds. Enjoy everything from snacks like our charcuterie platter and cheese trays to our famous German Beef Brisket and Grapevine Smoked Barbecue sandwiches which are available throughout the week year round. Also, don’t forget to check out our gift shop which has a little something for everyone.

Von Jakob Wines

At Von Jakob, we take great pride in our wines. Many of them have received medals in national and international competitions.  On average you will find around 20 styles wines available in our Tasting Room for tasting and purchasing. Our wines range from dry complex reds to sweet fruity dessert wines. We pride ourselves on our extensive and well rounded wine selection. As well,  we were the first winery in the state of Illinois to produce a White Oak Port, this wine has won multiple medals at various competitions including California. We are also proud to be the first grower and producer of a Cabernet Sauvignon. Our 2000 Cabernet which was released in the spring of 2003, was a limited edition and a big hit. On average, depending on the growing season, we produce roughly 100 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon every year and as a result the only place to purchase this wine is at the winery itself.

Von Jakob Beer

We are truly enjoying our newest adventure: brewing. Opened in 2010, our brewery boasts eight styles of handcrafted beers as well as seasonal batches. In addition, we are in the process of bottling a number of our beers that are currently only available for purchase at the brewery and will soon be available throughout Southern Illinois. Read more about our Illinois Craft Beer here.

Von Jakob Wines

We began making hard cider at the beginning of 2012 and released our first batch in the summer of that same year. Paul Jacobs, owner of Von Jakob and maker of the hard cider states, “It has been something we’ve wanted to do for a while. We have the apple orchards, we have the equipment, we already have a Jonathan apple wine; so it just made sense.” Read more about our Illinois Hard Apple Cider here.


Southern Illinois Weddings & Special Events

Various special events are held all year long; Festivals, Murder Mystery Dinner Theaters, Romantic Dinners, Brunches, etc. Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch or call in advance for something special catered by our in-house chefs to make your day that much more special. The deck and the atrium are also frequently rented for wedding ceremonies and receptions, graduation parties, anniversaries and any other event in your life that should be celebrated. Our in-house coordinator can take the pressure off of you and plan a sit down, buffet or served hors d’oeurves evening or afternoon. We can plan the event as formal or as casual as you desire. Any time of the year, any season, Von Jakob offers a unique view of Southern Illinois. Let us help make your special event an occasion of a lifetime. Invite your friends and family for an unforgettable experience at the vineyard. Von Jakob Vineyard has in-house chefs to prepare not only what is available on our already extensive menu, but almost anything else you have in mind. Please contact us for more information.

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