West of Wise Winery


It is with excitement that we have added a new sponsor for Abe’s Trail Trek.

Please welcome West of Wise Winery to our team. The owners are friends and Darrell will be running in the event. Darrell is also a Physical Therapist with our good friends at PhysioTherapy Professionals.

Below is some information on the owners and the winery.

Opening in 2015, we are a small batch winery located south of Petersburg, Illinois featuring wines from Illinois grown grapes and other select vineyards. Many of the grapes are from our family vineyard – Ratio Vineyard in Kilbourne, Illinois.

Come and join us for a tasting or an afternoon.
Our tasting room is open Thursday – Saturday from 11:30AM to 5:30PM. Sunday from 12:00PM to 5:30PM

Darrell and Tina Simmermaker are owners of the winery. After reading an article on grape production in the Iowa State “Vision” Alumni magazine, Darrell began planting grapes in 2006 on his Mother’s family farm with the help of his brother and both their families. While Darrell honed his skills at winemaking through classes and experience, the grape harvest was sold to local wineries.

After making the commute from Louisville, Kentucky, for five years, their family moved to central Illinois in 2011 to move forward on the winery.

During this time, Darrell continued to improve his winemaking, receiving medals from the Illinois State Fair Wine Competition over the last four years, and 2015, construction was completed. on the West of Wise Winery. Many people ask why “West of Wise” as a name. As most parents with teenage daughters will understand, the move from Louisville to Central Illinois during early college and high school years was not a big hit in our household. And our oldest daughter was “helping” to choose winery names as only a sarcastic young adult can; she suggested we call it West of Wise Winery because it wasn’t the smartest thing we had ever done.

The name stuck and we have made it through the transition to our new home and now look forward to you joining us for a glass of Illinois wine.

Directions From Springfield, Take State Highway 97 toward Petersburg, Il. We are located 1 mile after the Intersection of State Highway 97 and State Route 123. We are on the right. If you have gone into New Salem or Petersburg, you have gone too far. From New Salem, From the site entrance turn south on State Highway 97 for .7 of a mile. We are on the left.

So now you have many reasons to register for Abe’s Trail Trek, a great venue, unique awards, very tasty post race food and you can win Wine for running fast in the woods. Please visit www.triharderpromotions.com for more details.