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A Break from the Wine-and-Dine Norm

Village Vintner
Village Vintner
Amy Ahrens

On any given evening, the bar is full, and tables are buzzing with conversation from the diners. Here at the Village Vintner Winery and Brewery, you can not only drink a variety of wine and beer that are made on the premises, but you can have great food along with it.

Located off of Randall Road in Algonquin, just north of route 72, the Village Vintner is tucked back and is likely to be a new spot that your friends haven't heard of just yet.

The atmosphere makes you feel like you are in a wine cellar, and, in a way, you are.

Currently on the wine list are 18 reds, 15 whites, 17 fruit wines, and 5 dessert wines. In the back of the restaurant lies a charming tasting area well-removed from the dining area.

The Vintner features a Wine Club offering many benefits to its members, including loyalty points for each dollar spent, a free upgrade to a mug of beer, and free entrees in your birthday month...all for the price of your monthly bottle of wine.

Those who prefer beer can choose from a rotating selection, also brewed on premises and served in glasses to fit the style.

Non-drinkers will not be disappointed by the Vintner, as the staff is constantly welcoming and very likely to recognize return customers. The menu is much more than a bar menu, serving a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Pizza is fired in view of the dining area.

The restaurant includes an outdoor patio and small party room on top of hosting paint-and-wine parties, special occasion events, and brewmaster's dinners.

All in all, the Village Vintner is a great spot to dine or stop for a drink. This place is not your typical winery. Few others will measure up to the wines and atmosphere, and you will soon find yourself choosing this lesser-known spot over your typical chain winery.

*Please note: We were guests at this restaurant and were not compensated for this commentary.

Village Vintner Winery & Brewery
2380 Esplanade Drive
Algonquin, IL 60102

Restaurant Hours:
Sunday: Noon-9p
Monday: 5p-10p
Tuesday-Thursday: 11a-10p
Friday-Saturday: 11a-11:30p

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