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!

For more information on Carbondale, visit

Carbondale Tourism

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What’s New?

  • MAVC Covid-19 Statement

    Dear thirsty and loyal wine-lovers, The folks at Monte Alegre want you to know that your health and well-being are a top priority to us. Although we have been missing you lots, we still remain very cautious about this pandemic. In order to protect you and the staff, we have...
  • June 2020 Appointments

    Hello friends, for the month of June we will be back open by appointment only. To set up an appointment, please send an email to jen@poncecellars.com or send us a message on our MAVC Facebook page. We will be selling bottles or cases and payments can be made at the...
  • 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!...
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