Piasa Winery & Pub – a laid back way of life!

Piasa Winery & Pub

225 West Main St

Grafton, IL



Saw a paddleboat heading down the river while at Piasa Winery & Pub

Chrissy’s Grapes:

Arrival : Well this was the last stop for the day for the Midwest Winery Gals.  We really enjoyed our travel to Grafton. There’s so much going on when you drive the beautiful quaint town of Grafton that if you aren’t paying attention Piasa Winery & Pub can get mixed in the shuffle, but you need to be looking for this one!!  I had heard Piasa was the first winery in this location and I felt it was important to find it and check it out!! It was well worth the stop.  It sits on the corner and is a small older building that if the walls could talk I bet would have some great stories to tell.  I had to stop for a photo outside just because of curb appeal and it being a fun thing to do.  As you enter it feels like the old time local pub.  A bar, signage all over the walls and some people even stopped to look at who’s walking in.  If you walk beyond that you’ll come to a small tasting bar and seating, then onto the back patio.  Of course our first stop the tasting bar.

Food, Seating & More: They serve up more than just bar food.  You can get different chicken sandwiches, BBQ Pork, Portabella sandwich to blackened catfish. Your seating options are in a small cozy area by the bar or outside on the upper or lower deck.  There was a separate deck that they had a bridal shower at, so definitely room for small private events as well. Live music was provided on that Sunday afternoon. Great atmosphere! You can look onto the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers from almost any seat in or out of the house.

Staff & Tasting:  Tastings were free and you could try their Piasa Wines as well as the large selection of wines from all over the country.  The bartender we had was very pleasant and knowledgeable..

Chrissy’s Crushes: the history
Chrissy’s Score: Two GRAPES!!

Piasa Winery & Pub entry

Lynn’s Wins:

I remember going to Grafton a long time ago and I believe they were located in the stone building next to them that is occupied by Two Rivers Winery now. Not sure why the change but I think they were close to the first winery around this area. I did notice a trend around Grafton and that seems to be a laid back way of life. I felt relaxed the whole weekend here sitting back with a glass of wine, looking at a great view of the river, and seeing all the people walking the streets and laughing and having a good time! We even saw some hula hoopers!

Piasa’s wines were made in nearby Godfrey but are now made at Villa Marie Winery in Maryville. They do have about 15 Piasa wines to choose from but they also have wines from around the world. They also had over 100 different beers to choose from on draft, bottles, and cans.

Wine tastings were complimentary at Piasa.  The server was fun and new the wines well. So being that it was towards the end of a long day I only tried a couple.

They were:

Piasa Norton – $19.95 bottle

Their Nortonis a native varietal wine. It is a wine grape that dates back to Thomas Jefferson at Montecello.  Of course it tastes much better now than 200 years ago. Their Norton was spicy with hints of black cherry, somewhat oaky.  It needs to be paired with a great juicy steak!

Piasa Chambourcin  – $17.95 bottle

It was lighter than the Norton but still dry, buttery like almost creamy, yummy!

Piasa Riverfest –$15.95 bottle

A white, crisp, light, tart but smooth, fruity, almost like a Riesling. Not overly sweet. Refreshing!

They also carried about 12 other Piasa wines and many others like Tomasello’s Broomstick Brew and Vampire for the season.

Lynn’s wins: Piasa Riverfest – 4 Glasses – Goes great on a warm evening sitting behind Piasa overlooking the river.


Saw a Pirate Ship while at Two Rivers Winery

Two Rivers Winery

211 West Main Street

Grafton, IL

(618) 786 – 3934



View from back of winery

By Lynn

Building & Location

The winery is a quaint, rock, old historic building, circa 1840,  nicely redone with a small bar for tasting.  It is located directly on Main Street in the middle of downtown Grafton. Easy find! Most of the seating was outside and plentiful on their decks which overlook where the beautiful Illinois & Mississippi Rivers converge. It was the most perfect day to sit outside and listen to the one man band play oldies and some blues music while watching the boats and barges go down the river.  We even saw what looked like a pirate ship.  Not quite sure what that was.

Food & Beverages

Two Rivers offers light foods like cheese and sausage as well as pizzas. They feature wines from Hopewell Winery in Rockport, Illinois and Villa Marie Winery in Maryville, Illinois but also carry other Illinois and Missouri wines. If you can’t find a local one that you like then try the different wines from around the world. For beer lovers, Two Rivers Winery carries several brands of beer, domestic and micro-brews. A little for everyone!

The owners do not make their own wines yet but after talking with the owner they plan to have an existing Illinois winery help them make wine to label with Two Rivers Winery by next year.

I enjoyed a glass of:

Villa Marie Archview White which is a local wine from Maryville, IL.  It was a semi-dry white with fruit like peach, apple, and pineapple.  It was nice, crisp and a little tart. I tried other national wines but went back to this one.

The workers were very kind and informative when we were doing the tastings. The view was wonderful. Enjoyed the evening at Two Rivers Winery and will certainly go back especially when they get their own wines.

Lynn’s Wins:  Villa Marie Archview White: 3 glasses

Service & Atmosphere:  4 glasses