The state with the capital Springfield is located in the central north of the USA and borders on Lake Michigan in the northeast. It was already in 1818 as the 21st state in the union of states. Illinois is one of the most important agricultural states of the USA. The famous Californian wine growing pioneer Joseph "Joe" Heitz (1919-2000) was born here. Shawnee Hills was classified as the first and so far only AVA area in 2007. There are about 20 producers, known are Fox Creek Vineyards, Glunz Family Winery & Cellars, Lynfred Winery, Mary Michelle Winery, Piasa Winery, Schorr Lake Vineyards and Waterloo Winery.