The federal state with the capital Springfield lies in the central north of the USA and borders Lake Michigan in the northeast. He was already in 1818 as the 21st state incorporated into the state network. Illinois is one of the most important agricultural states in the USA. The famous Californian viticulture pioneer Joseph "Joe" Heitz (1919-2000) was born here. In 2007, Shawnee Hills was classified as the first and only AVA area to date. There are around 20 producers, including Fox Creek Vineyards, Glunz Family Winery and Cellars, Lynfred Winery, Mary Michelle Winery, Piasa Winery, Schorr Lake Vineyards and Waterloo Winery.