It all started in 2001 when husband and wife duo, Jerry and Sheila Kapes, joined the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA) and attended their first IGGVA annual conference. Fascinated by the experience, the couple sought to expand their knowledge of the Illinois grape and wine market by taking online courses through Shawnee Community College, attending seminars and workshops all over the state and networking with industry leaders. In 2004, the Kapes’ decided to pursue the idea of opening a winery in Centralia. After a year and a half of analyzing and preparing the soil, they planted their first half acre of vines with construction of the winery, tasting room and pavilion banquet room commencing in the spring of 2010. Located amid the natural beauty of Raccoon Lake, Roundhouse Wine Company proudly opened for business on October 9th, 2011, and continues to serve as an enchanting indoor/outdoor venue where locals, day-trippers, and tourists gather to relax, party and unWINEd.