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Fall on the Wine Trail A progressive fall tour of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail where 12 unique Wineries will present a sample of their dish paired with their favorite wine.
September Photo Contest Winner "Show me your Shawnee" Photo Contest winner from September - Trisha McCarthy and her caption for the photo was "Cultivating Winos. #ShowMeYourShawnee"
Photo Contest "Show me your Shawnee" Photo Contest. Photo entries can be submitted October 1st - October 30th.
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

Fri Oct 24 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Annalise Emerick
Sat Oct 25 @ 2:00PM - 06:00PM
Alto Vineyards' Live Music - Ivas John Band
Sat Oct 25 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
Lani Nash- BLUE SKY
Sat Oct 25 @ 3:00PM - 06:00PM
Fiddle Rick and Friends
Sat Oct 25 @ 4:00PM - 08:00PM
South of 70
Sat Oct 25 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Movin Mary
Sun Oct 26 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM
Alto Vineyards' Live Music - Shadi Frick & Big Larry
Sun Oct 26 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM
HalloweenFest Bash- BLUE SKY
Sun Oct 26 @ 2:00PM - 06:00PM
Marshall Anderson
Sun Oct 26 @ 3:00PM - 06:00PM
Kristin Kearns

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.