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July Photo Contest Winner "Show me your Shawnee" Photo Contest winner from July - Jody Barnes Notter!
Photo Contest "Show me your Shawnee" Photo Contest. Photo entries can be submitted August 1st - August 31st.
Live Music Series Our live music series is abundant on the wine trail during the summer and fall months offering opportunities to enjoy the regions best musicians while taking in the gorgeous views of the vineyards and the beautiful scenic Shawnee National Forest! 

Winery Members

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IllInois State Fair Wine Competition

Congratulations to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail on their outstanding honors at the 2013 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition that was held June 17th through June 19th, 2013 at Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL.

7 of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries entered the competition. The wine trail took 5 of 9 top honors including Best of Show, 2 Governor’s Cups, and 2 Best from any Appellation. Overall the Shawnee Hills wine trail took 10 gold, 29 silver, 24 bronze, winning 63 of 193 total medals or 33%.

 

Shawnee Hills American Viticultural Area

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Illinois received its first American Viticultural Area recognized by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Southern Illinois' Shawnee Hills region is the state's first region acknowledged for its distinctive winemaking properties.

The AVA designation allows winemakers to include the "Shawnee Hills" region name on any wines that include 85 percent or more of their volume derived from grapes grown withing the AVA, re-assuring consumers that wines with the Shawnee Hills designation on the label are enriched by the region's characteristic grape attributes.

Ted Wichmann, who submitted the application for the AVA designation, founder of Owl Creek Vineyard, said, "The AVA designation earns Shawnee Hills a place on the map along with the nation's most respected wine regions. More importantly, in a wine world that's becoming increasingly homogenized, the AVA stamp confirms the Shawnee Hills region's capability for producing unique wines that are distinctly Illinois."

 

Winery & Event Photos

Upcoming Events

Sat Aug 30 @ 2:00PM - 06:00PM
Marshall Anderson
Sat Aug 30 @ 2:00PM - 06:00PM
Alto Vineyards' Live Music - King Juba
Sat Aug 30 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Bill Harper
Sat Aug 30 @ 3:00PM - 06:00PM
Jenny Johnson
Sat Aug 30 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM
Backdraft
Sat Aug 30 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
The Swamp Tigers
Sun Aug 31 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
Alto Vineyards' Live Music - Mel Goot & James Barnes
Sun Aug 31 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Sunday In The Park: Todd Pierson
Sun Aug 31 @ 2:00PM - 06:00PM
Bill Bradley
Sun Aug 31 @ 2:00PM - 06:00PM
Kevin Lucas

New iPhone App

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A companion app for visitors of the Shawnee Hills wine country of southern Illinois. It provides an interactive map for navigating 12 winery and vineyard destinations along the trail, as well as access to detailed information about each location.

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