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More Than Just Wine in Coal Valley

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It's a European tradition that has come to the QCA.

Today marked the first ever National Wine Tourism Day.

A day for local vineyards and wineries to show off what they have to offer- Just in to kick off the Summer season.

But that - can also give a kick to the local economy.

"More and more people are talking about where their wines are being made," says Co-Owner of Creekside Vineyard, Jennifer Mital. "We are an Illinois producing winery which means we work with all Illinois grapes and it is important to people to be able to support a local product."

And that's what National Wine Tourism Day is all about. 

Exposing people top the different wines that are made locally.

But it has the potential to bring people from all over the county to vineyards like Creekside in Coal Valley.

And the more that come - means more money to local businesses in the QCA.

"We have visitors from Chicago all the way from the East and West Coast that have come through Creekside," says Mital. "I think this will become an annual event that people look forward to."

And for the people that live in the QCA - the day serves as a reminder that you don't need to look far - to find what you are looking for.