Lau Nae Winery
1522 State Rt 3
Red Bud, IL 62278
Wed – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm
Location, Arrival, & Lodging:
Driving in Southern Illinois when the fall colors are changing is absolutely breathtaking. Good therapy all on its own, so if you add a stop at a winery that just enhances the wonderful relaxing experience. Lau Nae was easy to find since it was on the main road, Illinois Rt. 3. Even though it sits right off the road it’s far enough from the town that it lets you enjoy the country like setting with a modern touch.
Staff and Service:
The staff was nice. One girl seemed to be new and kept asking the other one who seemed overwhelmed. They were taking food orders, doing wine tastings and getting drink orders and it was a Saturday. You order your food, place wine/drink orders and do tastings all at the same bar. You get a pager so when you’re foods done you go back to the bar to pick it up. This is nice because you can sit anywhere and enjoy your food and wine. We chose the patio next to the bon fire and grape vines. As we were leaving we were greeted and thanked by the winery owner who was nice and grateful for our business.
From appetizers, pizza, salads, to BBQ they have it all. Appetizers varied from Baked Roasted Herb Bread to dips, cheese platters and more. Lynn chose the sausage and cheese platter which had a nice selection of cheeses, fruits, olives, breads and salami slices for $12.00. I indulged in the BBQ pork sandwich with sweet and sour sauce and my 2 sides of (mayo based)cole slaw and beans YUM. The pork was tender and seasoned just right all for only $9.00. There was so much I could only eat half of it all. So go hungary and thirsty they can fulfill the hunger!
Amenities & more:
As you enter the winery it’s lined with grapevines which you are encouraged to sample the grapes, so of course we did and I loved it! Lau Nae could host a few events at a time with two indoor banquet areas besides the tasting room with additional seating, the front porch and patio with fire pits. It is a great place to hold a small wedding, party, or social gathering. They offer special catering packages, party, wedding, and or reception packages. They can also customize a wine label for any special occasion. The entire place seemed to have been updated recently and was very warm and inviting no matter where you chose to enjoy the day or evening.
Chrissy’s Crushes: The grapevines that you could sample right off of. YUM!
Winery & Wines:
Lau Nae was established in 1999 and was the 17th winery in the State of Illinois. It was handed down to Matt Mollett by his parents in 2007. They grow many of the grapes themselves – Chardonel, Niagra, Concord, Chambourcin, Marechal Foch, Catawba… They had many wines that they offered but only certain ones could be tasted so depending on when you visit Lau Nae Winery you might be able to taste different wines. You did have the option to purchase any bottle they offered and consume it there. My understanding is that they have a wine club and the winemaker is always looking at blending juices and trying to create new wines like for example, “The Octopus”. I think he was running out of names!!!
As Chrissy said we sat on the patio next to the grapevines and of course we had to try them. They were Concord grapes and I couldn’t stop eating them. The darker purple ones were tart and the reddish ones were sweeter and they each had different amount of seeds in them. Overall the prices were good and the food was very good.
The wines I tasted:
Sauvignon Blanc – $14 a bottle, was light, crisp, refreshing, medium finish. Very good. I enjoyed this one but had better.
Seyval Blanc/Riesling – $13.50 a bottle, white that smelled like bubble gum! Yummy.
Cabernet Franc – ruby colored, peppery, spicy, black currants, tannic, long finish. It was a little spicy and tannic for me but others would certainly enjoy it.
Pride – $14.75 a bottle, blend of Chambourcin, Syrah, Dolcetto, very well balanced, lighter, medium finish 13.5% alcohol. This is the one I enjoyed the most and got a bottle of to take home.
Wines that Chrissy tasted:
Due to them having a large selection of wine there was something to accommodate almost any pallet. She tasted the:
Geisenheim -$13.50 btl. – a semi-sweet white, crisp, citrus tasting wine from the Foch grape.
Traminette – $13.50 btl. -which I’m a fan of anyway- a semi sweet white.
Lynn’s Wins: The Pride – it was lighter and very nicely balanced. This is the glass I chose for the evening.
Other nearby lodging was in Red Bud. We stayed at:
Red Bud Country Inn
1617 South Main Street
Red Bud, IL 62278
Red Bud is about 40 miles from St. Louis. The Getaway Gals decided to stay nearby after trying wine. Smart move because we could enjoy ourselves a little more. The stay at Red Bud Country Suites was excellent. The cost was about $76 with tax for a king size bed suite. Not bad. The room was very clean and comfortable. They even had a frig and microwave in the room. It stormed that evening but I didn’t hardly hear anything and slept like a baby!
Chrissy wanted to add that the owner, Ray, was very accommodating when she said we would be checking in late. The next morning he called one of our rooms to make sure we got the continental breakfast and he was helpful to point out some local places to dine. She felt the place was clean and safe.
We would stay there again without a doubt.