Wine on the Hill & Cave Tastings

At our Winery & Vineyard Location in Peru, IL!

Saturdays & Sundays, 12:00-5:00 pm, open May 11 through October 27 in 2024!

We invite you to join us at our Winery & Vineyard location in Peru, IL for Wine on the Hill. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery of the Illinois Valley, and your favorite August Hill & ISC wines, while hanging out on our spacious hillside. Wine flights, wine by the glass and bottle, August Hill Chill by the glass, and light snacks are all available. View menu here.

Entry is free and reservations are not needed to hang out on the hill or to listen to music. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket. See the list of what to bring and other FAQs below. Reservations are required for the Cave Tasting & Reservation to Relax

Cave Tasting Experience
Saturdays & Sundays, May 11 – October 27

Experience where the magic happens at our Winery location in Peru, Illinois! Step into our Winery Caves, where your favorite August Hill & ISC wines are produced and stored, and enjoy a unique wine journey presented to a small group of up to 20 people (approximately 45 minutes long). Includes a wine tasting of six August Hill/ISC wines specially selected by our staff and a signature tasting glass for you to take home.

Tasting Time Slots are as follows:
Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Reservation to Relax

Want to enjoy Wine on the Hill, with less work for you? Book your “Reservation to Relax for 2” today, and the August Hill team will prepare you a spot on the hill for your selected date.

The space will include two adirondack chairs, an umbrella for shade, a 30 quart cooler with ice, 2 bottled waters, and a small variety of snacks.

The reservation is for the entire day, 12-5pm.

Food on the Hill

Snack Foods: We have a variety of snack options available including a charcuterie box.

Pre-order from Stone Jug Barbeque: Stone Jug is offering delivery to Wine on the Hill at 2 pm. To pre-order, call Stone Jug at 815-780-8275; let them know you are ordering for delivery to August Hill Winery’s winery location and the day you would like for the food to be delivered. Click here to view the menu. The food will be delivered to Wine on the Hill at 2 pm.

Bring your own Picnic: Feel free to bring your own picnic food! No outside alcohol please.

MUSIC ON THE HILL

Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00-4:00pm

  • Saturday, May 18, Maui Grimm [acoustic – wide range of genres]
  • Sunday, May 19, Mike & Jess [rock, pop, alternative, R&B]
  • Saturday, May 25, Jeff Manfredini [classic rock, country, folk, pop]
  • Sunday, May 26, Steve Sharp Band w/ Al Sunken [wide range of styles & genres]
  • Saturday, June 1, Maui Grimm [acoustic – wide range of genres]
  • Sunday, June 2, Chad Link [originals, covers, rock, progressive looping]
  • Saturday, June 8, James Gedda & The Big Breakfast [Americana, country, folk]
  • Sunday, June 9, Those Two Guys plus One
  • Saturday, June 15, Amber Kay [blues to jazz & rock to country]
  • Sunday, June 16, Amber Lea Berg [classic rock, country, Americana, and cover/tributes]
  • Saturday, June 22, Black Velvet [duo – pop & rock]
  • Sunday, June 23, Steve Sharp [acoustic – wide range of styles & genres]
  • Saturday, June 29, The Bright White Night Birds [rock, blues & originals]
  • Sunday, June 30, Mike & Jess [rock, pop, alternative, R&B]
  • Saturday, July 6, Steve Sharp Band [acoustic – wide range of styles & genres]
  • Sunday, July 7, Kurt Funfsinn [Americana, indie, folk]
  • Saturday, July 13, Hometown Boys
  • Sunday, July 14, Jeff Manfredini [classic rock, country, folk, pop]
  • Saturday, July 20, Black Velvet [pop, rock]
  • Sunday, July 21, Steve Sharp & Christina Eltrevoog  [wide range of styles & genres]
  • Saturday, July 27, TBD
  • Sunday, July 28, Maui Grimm  [wide range of styles & genres]

frequently asked questions

Your visit
  • Where are you located? Please refer to the map below to find us at 21 N 2551st Rd, Peru, IL. If you do a search in your map app for “August Hill Winery,” make sure it pulls up the “August Hill Wine on the Hill” location in Peru and NOT the “August Hill Winery Tasting Room” in Utica, IL.  If you look at satellite view on the map below, you can see our spot. The winery building is white with a burgundy roof, and there are a couple of semi trailers parked up near it. Look for the black and white August Hill Winery sign on the hillside or the big blue banner flag at the entrance.
  • Can I attend early/stay late? Guests can begin to arrive 30 minutes prior to opening to park and secure a spot on the hill; however, staff will not be available to make wine purchases until opening times. Last call is 15 minutes prior to closing. We ask that all guests leave by closing time.
  • Can I pick up my Wine Club order? At this time, Wine Club orders can only be picked up at our Tasting Room location in Utica, IL. The only exception to this is during the Will Call on the Hill events in May, July, and September; members can pick up their wine at these events if they RSVP ahead of time (we will send an email with RSVP info).
  • Are you handicap accessible? We offer handicap parking and our restrooms and cave are accessible. The landscape on the hill can be uneven and in some parts difficult to maneuver. If you have someone in your group who needs assistance, please let one of our staff members know if you need help getting to a spot on the hill.
  • What if the weather is bad? We will still offer tastings in the cave, but live music may be cancelled. The hill will still be open for guests, but we do not provide shelter.  If the weather presents a danger, we may ask guests to leave the hill area.
  • Do you have restrooms? We have two restrooms inside the winery.
  • Do you accept credit cards at Wine on the Hill? Yes, we do accept all major credit cards at Wine on the Hill.
Can we bring . . .
  • Do you allow outside alcohol? NO, we do not allow outside alcohol. Guests who bring outside alcohol may be asked to leave. If you have friends who prefer beer, have them try one of our ISC pét-nat wines.
  • What to bring? Pop-up canopies, small tables, lawn chairs, picnic blankets, food, non-alcoholic beverages, umbrellas, coolers, picnic baskets, utensils, and wine glasses are all items that are allowed at Wine on the Hill. Coolers will be checked by staff for outside alcohol. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray.
  • What items are prohibited? Firearms, outside alcohol, marijuana, grills, bonfires, fireworks.
  • Are pets allowed? Yes. Pets are allowed on the hillside, on a leash, but not inside the building. There will be a dog walk area supplied with trash bags for dog waste.  If your pet is causing distress or inconvenience for our other guests, you may be asked to leave.
  • Are children allowed? Children are allowed on the hill, in the Winery (bathrooms, purchase area), but not in the tasting cave. No one under 21 is permitted to consume alcohol. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.
  • Do you sell food or other beverages besides wine? We offer a charcuterie box and other snack options. We also have water and non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice as alternatives to wine.  You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks, but outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
  • Do you sell ice? We do have ice available for sale if you need it.
  • Do I need to bring my own wine drinkware? You can bring your own or we have some available for purchase or plastic cups for free.
Cave Tastings
  • How do I check-in for the tasting? When you arrive, enter through the double doors of our winery building, and let one of our staff members know that you have arrived for your Cave Tasting.
  • What if I am running late for my scheduled tasting? In order to be fair to all guests, we must stick to our scheduled tasting starting times. You can come in and join the tasting late, possibly missing out on some of the experience, or we will do our best to fit you in at a later tasting time, availability permitting.  Best advice is to get here early!
  • Will I need a jacket in the winery? We keep our winery and caves at a cool 60 degrees throughout the year, so we do recommend bringing a light jacket.
  • Can children attend the Cave Tasting with me? Children are not allowed in the tasting cave. If you have a reservation for a Cave Tasting, we ask that you have an adult available to supervise children outside of the Cave Tasting area.
  • If I made a reservation for a Cave Tasting and cannot attend, will I be refunded? You will get a full refund if you cancel your reservation at least 48 hours before your scheduled tasting.
  • Can I change the date or time of my reservation? Please make any change to your reservation at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled tasting.
  • What else should we know? You’ll be standing during the tasting. If you have someone in your group unable to stand for the 45-minute tasting, let our staff know when you check in, and we will make sure we get a seat for them.
  • Can I pre-order wine when I purchase my Cave Tasting Experience tickets? Please DO NOT pre-order wine when ordering your Cave Tasting tickets as our software gets confused if you do. We will have all our wines available for sale after the event.

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