Lavender Crest Winery was first opened in November of 2004 by Wilbert and Martha Rittmueller. Their passion for wine and fond memories of a visit to a lavender field helped fuel their decision to open and name their winery Lavender Crest. For 11 years, they lived their dream, but their love of wine and each other was cut short when Martha passed unexpectedly in 2015. "Ritt" decided to retire thereafter and naturally he wanted to sell his winery to someone that would care for it as he and Martha had, so he thought of the Belshauses. The Belshause family own and operate Backroad Vineyard and had already been providing grapes for many of the fine wines made at Lavender Crest Winery. So in 2016, the five vineyard owners came together to fulfill a goal - to own and operate their own winery. Today, Ron, Nancy, Gloria, Marty, and Henry Belshause welcome you to visit them at Lavender Crest Winery.

Lavender Crest Winery features wine production, a wine tasting room, a café that serves lunch daily, a gift shop, and a banquet center that seats 250 - 300 guests. The winery’s banquet room has been host to wedding receptions, business meetings, celebrations of every kind, and Prime Rib Wine Downs where visitors are invited to listen and dance to live music and have a delicious meal. Check “Upcoming Events” for Wine Down dates. Lunch in the café area is served daily from 11 – 3 and guests may dine either inside or outside on the patio overlooking the vineyard and grounds. Lunch features a variety of paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. Guests can join a wine tour of our production facility for $5 per person - reservations required. The gift area offers all of our wines for sale, as well as wine-related gifts and Lagomarcino’s chocolates.

Our goal is to exhibit the wonderful grapes grown in Illinois and the Midwest and according to our many loyal customers, we have achieved that goal. If your group or organization is looking for a unique location and experience to hold a meeting, or if you have a wedding reception or anniversary party in your future, please be sure to contact the wonderful staff at Lavender Crest Winery. We would love to work with you to help make the occasion one everyone will remember. Lavender Crest can create custom labels that are personalized with a statement and a photo to further enhance a significant special occasion.

You don't have to be a part of a large group to come for a visit. Individuals, small groups, locals and visitors from far away are discovering the unique experience that Lavender Crest has to offer.

Contact any of our friendly staff. We look forward to seeing you!