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?

  • WINTER HOURS UPDATE

    Our tasting room hours have changed from Daylight Savings Time (DST) to Central Standard time (CST) effective Sunday November 5. Our new hours are Monday through Saturday from 1 to 5 pm and Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. Please note that the only adjustment is that we will close...
  • 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...
  • ECLIPSE 2017 update

    Our special event “ECLIPSE 2017 LUNCHEON” is SOLD-OUT. This private event is by reservation-only but the Winery will be open to the general public AFTER 2 pm and until  6 pm Special thanks to our loyal customers that are making this celebration possible with their early support....
  • VIDAL BLANC – NEW RELEASE

    We are pleased to announce that the newest release of our popular VIDAL BLANC is on the shelves and selling fast. This semi-dry white wine will pair well with salads, finger foods, seafood and chicken, but it is easily enjoyed chilled by itself....
  • ECLIPSE 2017 – come join us

    We are pleased to announce our event for Monday August 21 when we will have a chance to witness a spectacular full eclipse of the sun in Carbondale. Our vineyard and winery site are perfectly located in the “path of totality” and we expect the vines to full of grapes...
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