We at Cooper’s Hawk know that great wines start in the vine. Our winemaker and his crew search the world for the greatest grapes, and when they find them in Chile, France, California, or Washington, they collaborate with the wine producer to create our wine. Our winemaker nourishes each wine to create the best wine possible. This philosophy has earned our collection hundreds of national and international honors. Chain of restaurants and wineries owned by Cooper’s Hawk. There is a full-service restaurant, tasting area, and retail store at each of the 45 locations.
In 2005, the firm built its first restaurant in Orland Park. In addition to Arizona, the franchise operates facilities in Florida and Illinois. Tim and Dana McEnery opened their first Cooper’s Hawk in Orland Park, Illinois, in October 2005, three years after Tim McEnery, then in restaurant management, saw how few wineries have on-site dining. It was Illinois’ first winery and restaurant under one roof. Since then, the company has grown to 45 locations throughout the Midwest and Southeast. The company made $280 million in 2019. Cooper’s Hawk’s main winery is in Woodridge, Illinois. Each restaurant houses and displays Cooper’s Hawk wine barrels, which age from a few months to 18 months. Cooper’s Hawk produces around 60 wines and only sells them at its restaurants. This includes two Double Gold honors for Italian Barbera; the Grand Star Award for Gewürtztraminer; and the title of “Best U.S. Fruit Wine” from a national wine competition for its apricot and rhubarb wines. Nation’s Restaurant News called it “Breakout Brand 2013” and “Hot Concept 2010” Winner.
Cooper’s Hawk was chosen to dispense wines at the Illinois Inaugural Gala in Washington, DC in 2009 and 2013. Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago: The Best Restaurants, Markets, and Local Culinary Offerings lists Cooper’s Hawk as a top Chicago restaurant.