Wes and Wanda Pitcher Story

The tale of Tuscan Hills Winery is interwoven with the love story of a Midwest boy and a Canadian girl. Wes Pitcher and Wanda Berglund’s story begins in a tourist camp in Northwestern Ontario, where Wes’s family vacationed for two weeks every summer. Wanda’s family owned and operated this tourist camp, which Wanda still owns today as a third generation tourist outfitter. They began their journey together first as friends, then on July 31st, 1979, they started a long distance relationship

In 1985, Wanda left Canada and married Wes to start their life together living on a farm near Montrose, IL. Building on the Pitchers’ agricultural background, they started and have grown to a 5,000 sow-farrowing operation called PitchCoIII which they still own and manage today.  After settling into their life, Wes and Wanda were blessed with three beautiful children; Amanda, Kelly, and Christopher.

As entrepreneurial minded people, the Pitcher’s began brainstorming ideas about what kind of business was missing in Effingham. Over a bottle of wine one night, the couple decided that Effingham needed a winery. On July 1st, 2011, (Canadian National Holiday), with the help of their family and friends, Wes and Wanda held the grand opening of Tuscan Hills Winery. The business has grown to be an asset to the Effingham community. It has been host to numerous weddings, including the weddings of their two daughters, countless birthday parties, showers, festivals, murder mystery dinners, as well as business and corporate events.


Tuscan Hills Winery provides an old-world Tuscan feel in the heart of Effingham, Illinois. We are particularly focused on offering exceptional quality wines and providing a comfortable, home-like atmosphere for all ages where young family members and pets are welcome. Tuscan Hills Winery isn’t only about the wine; it’s about the experience. 

The owners, Wes and Wanda Pitcher want all visitors to “Come as our guests, leave as our friends.”