In 1994, Loren Shanle purchased a feed & bait store at this location called Phil’s Feed Store. It was at that time he opened an independent insurance agency at 309 Walnut Street. The L.C. Shanle & Co. insurance business operated from 1994 until 2006. In 2006, Loren sold his insurance agency and started a new venture in wine making. After learning from experience and other experts in the field, the winery was opened in August 2009.
Today, Walnut Street Winery produces & bottles 22 different types of wine. The winery tank room can be viewed through the window that is in the room just behind the tasting bar. Shanle Wines are sold in restaurants, grocery stores, & liquor stores in Central Illinois. The winery has Bocce Ball leauges that play at the winery during the spring and fall. The winery has pizzas, cheeses, and a wide selection of beer and bourbons. Live music is performed at the winery year round.
So, sit back, relax, and taste some very fine wines in one of the smallest, but coziest wineries anywhere! We are glad you stopped by, and we truly do appreciate your business.
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