Ponce Cellars, now closer to the fountain of youth

Handcrafted Estate wines from hand picked grapes.

Hearty Barrel-Aged Chambourcin and Norton wines

Sangria Calata, for the heart and the palate

Monte Alegre is the only vineyard and winery within the city of Carbondale, in Southern Illinois. Come stroll down Carbondale Trail and taste the wines grown in this beautiful region of the heartland.

Monte Alegre Vineyard and Ponce Cellars offer spectacular vineyard views and prime red and white wines that have made Southern Illinois a favorite tourist destination for wine lovers and their families throughout the Midwest. You can also degustate red Ports and Sangrias, all in a single stop.

Southern Illinois residents and tourists alike flock to this wine trail to get immersed in the beauty of growing, bottling, and degustating wine. Monte Alegre Vineyard and Ponce Cellars form the perfect stop in Southern Illinois for learning how to cultivate grapes for white and red wine, touring the wine cellars, degustating wines.

Come visit the Ponce Wine Trail and Monte Alegre Vineyard and Cellars in Carbondale, Southern Illinois!

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What’s New?

  • 2019 spring, summer and fall hours

    As usual, our spring, summer and fall open hours while on DST are Wednesday to Sunday from 1 to 6 pm. After November 3, when we go off DST, our hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. We are closed and busy farming during Monday and Tuesday,...
  • Warming Winter Wines

    During these chilly winter days, there is nothing better than curling up with a glass of wine next to the fire. For those who enjoy full-bodied dry red wines, our Chambourcin 2012 is the perfect choice. On the sweeter side, El Mellicero (The Twinmaker) will warm you up with its...
  • Winter Hours

    Greetings from the folks at MAVC! We are closed for our winter vacation in the month of January. We are reopening for weekend business (Saturdays and Sundays) in February and March from 1-5 p.m. Hope to see you then. Cheers!...
  • A gift of love

    Monte Alegre Winery helps you add liquidity to your expression of love. You can order a GIFT CARD for this holiday season. To order Gift Card click here:¬†Monte Alegre eGift Card or copy & paste on your browser: https://squareup.com/gift/BF8XFVHHNT270/order  ...
  • New Release: Chambourcin 2012

    To all red wine lovers in Southern Illinois and beyond: Monte Alegre Winery just released a spectacular vintage 2012 Chambourcin. If you are looking for a local favorite dry red, look no further. This wine has been patiently aged in American oak barrels; it has a long finish and full...
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