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Creekside Vineyards: Our Story

Our Story: History

In 2006, we pursued our dream of owning a winery.  We have found the last decade to be one of the most fulfilling, creative, and challenging endeavors of our lives. 

We have cultivated ourselves, our grapes, and our dreams.

We released our first vintage in the fall of 2011 with production and sales in Coal Valley, and we continue to grow and release acclaimed wines each year. In 2012, we expanded and moved the winery to Preemption (and opened a Tasting Room), and in 2015 we completed a 2,000 square foot expansion at that location.  The Wine Terrace and Inn remain open in Coal Valley with plans for expansion at the Wine Terrace in the coming years.

We are thankful every day for our customers who enjoy the vintages, the vineyards, and the Inn. 

Our Story: About Us

Winemaker John Mital’s background in microbiology grants him the expertise to flourish not only in the winery but in the vineyard, and his incessant thirst for knowledge and reading inspires new vintages and creative business development.  

Jennifer Mital (John’s wife) continues to cultivate her expertise in the realm of marketing & business; it is a wonderful contrast to her day job of teaching high school English. She loves the creativity of marketing, the cordiality of customer service & sales, and the nuances of small business finance.

Don & Bev Mital (John’s folks) partnered with John and Jen and operate Creekside Vineyards Inn.   Bev’s background as a business owner and her zest for life allows her host not only the inn but also (on occasion) the Tasting Room or Terrace.  Don’s expertise as a retired Alcoa machinist is priceless around the farm and when helping John with harvest. 

We work together and are lucky to have family, friends, and stellar employees.


Winery &
Tasting Room

1667 Highway 67
Preemption, IL 61276

Wed-Fri 1-6pm

Saturdays 10-6

info@creeksidevineyards.com 309-787-9463
Wine Terrace & Inn

7505 120th Avenue
Coal Valley, IL 61204

Wine Terrace:
May-Oct, Sat-Sun, 1-6
309-787-WINE (9463)

Year Round by Reservation
309-787-6919 inn@creeksidevineyards.com