Willett’s Winery & Cellar in Manito, Illinois was established at 105 East Market Street in downtown Manito in 2005 by Dan & Cris Willett, five years after the planting of a 5-acre vineyard near Spring Lake long the Illinois River. The original winery opened after the renovation of an 1893 building used as a harness shop. Renovations included the revealing of natural wood trusses and flooring, the creation of two cellar-viewing windows & an outdoor courtyard, and the re-purposing of many materials. In 2010, Willett’s Winery & Cellar expanded their operation to include a production building and banquet center.
A visit to Willett’s Winery & Cellar will be a relaxing experience, as you tour the winery, peruse our wine-related gift items, and sample the wines created from grapes grown in Willett’s Vineyard. Willett’s Winery & Cellar offers a wine to please any palate, from dry oak-aged red (Leon Millot) to semi-sweet whites (Vignoles) to port-style (Red Coyote) and more.