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301 North 44th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
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Tasting offered: Yes
Price: free
Mon-Thu: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Fri-Sat: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Jan 2 - May 31 Hours: Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm/ Sunday 12pm - 5pm Oct 1 - Dec 31 Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am - 6pm/ Fri - Sat 10am - 7pm/ Sunday 12pm - 6pm

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Wine: 2 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 starsJul 01, 2013

Norton Wine Review: GenKota Winery is located on a busy I-57 intersection. They produce wines from their six acre vineyard plus accumulate grapes from other growers. Though there was a twelve offerings list of reds, whites, blushes, fruit and a port, three were not available (2 fruit wines and the $33 fortified Norton port). I tried hard to find here one unique white or red wine, but that was just not going to happen for me on this pass. The grapes used for their Norton ($15) wine came from an Illinois location 30 miles east of GenKota’s location. It had a dark, sour cherried taste which I did not welcome. Again, even the more locally reliable Chambourcin ($17) was slightly sour and did not make it all the way up to the table this day. My ‘courtesy’ gift purchase was an alternative semi-sweet Chambourcin ‘Dulce Russo’ ($14) which was described as having a slightly drying finish? Sometimes you think “maybe not this year, but possibly the next.”

Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 starsMay 01, 2012

One of my favorite winerys. All their wine is good


Location: MO

Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 starsFeb 28, 2010

Favorite Wine: Chambourcin

Hooray for highway signs! Driving back to Missouri from Alabama, I was delighted to stop into this small winery right off the highway. A beautiful building and nice tasting bar, Genkota makes a bold Chambourcin unlike any I've had in Missouri. They were sold out of their Norton that day, so we had two glasses of the Chambourcin and a cheese plate. Their Chambourcin is aged in American oak, but tastes distinctively different from Missouri's white oak barreled wines--more resin than fresh chainsaw cut. A nice winery, knowledgeable staff, and wine definitely worth the trip.

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