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Holiday Open House Visit each winery along the trail all season long for a relaxing start to the Holiday Season.
November Photo Contest Winner "Show me your Shawnee" Photo Contest winner from November Cindy Hanus- "It doesn't get much better than this! Wine break at the overlook in Alto Pass"
Photo Contest "Show me your Shawnee" Photo Contest. Photo entries can be submitted December 1st - December 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! 
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wine Bucks Almost as good as wine! Looking for the perfect gift? Give the gift of wine on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail with our "Wine Bucks" program. Wine bucks act as a gift card or gift certificate that can be used at any one of the 12 Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries and also participating members.

Winery Members

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Wine Deals

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Having trouble finding the perfect bottle of wine?

Give the Gift of Wine Bucks

The 12 Wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and participating Associate Members have come up with a way to enjoy MAXIMUM FREEDOM while visiting the wonders of the Shawnee Hills.

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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 Dec 20 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Fiddle Rick and Friends-(Original/Americana) Blue Sky
Sat Dec 20 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Alto Vineyards' Live Music - Kristin Kearns
Sat Dec 20 @ 3:00PM - 07:00PM
Larry Dillard- StarView
Sat Dec 20 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Breeden, Bradley & Maze
Sun Dec 21 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Elliott Ranney-From St. Louis, MO (Finger Style Acoustic) Blue Sky
Sun Dec 21 @ 2:00PM - 06:00PM
Holiday Art Showcase
Sun Dec 21 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Alto Vineyards' Live Music - Ed Van Awken
Sun Dec 21 @ 4:00PM - 07:00PM
Open Mic Talent Search
Fri Dec 26 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Adam Williams
Sat Dec 27 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Eli Tellor- (Country/Southern/Rock) Blue Sky

New iPhone App


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.