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
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."
|Fri Nov 28 @11:00AM - 06:00PM|
Holiday Open House-Von Jakob Vineyard
|Fri Nov 28 @12:00PM - 05:00PM|
Annual Holiday Open House on the Wine Trail
|Fri Nov 28 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM|
Dave Clark (country/rock) 2-5pm (Holiday Open House)
|Fri Nov 28 @ 2:00PM - 06:00PM|
Alto Vineyards' Live Music - Marshall Anderson
|Fri Nov 28 @ 3:00PM - 06:00PM|
|Sat Nov 29 @ 2:00PM - 06:00PM|
Alto Vineyards' Live Music - Kevin Lucas
|Sat Nov 29 @ 2:00PM - 05:00PM|
Sabrina-from Nashville,TN(Acoustic Rock&More)2-5pm (Holiday Open House)
|Sat Nov 29 @ 3:00PM - 07:00PM|
Whiskey Caper- StarView
|Sat Nov 29 @ 3:00PM - 06:00PM|
The Storm Crows
|Sat Nov 29 @ 3:30PM - 06:30PM|