2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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Make your plans early to visit southern Illinois and enjoy the first of two total solar eclipses in our region. On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will speed across the United States, reaching the point of greatest duration along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

The wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail will offer unique opportunities prior to the eclipse on August 21st to help you round out your stay in southern Illinois. Enjoy award-winning Illinois wines, paired wine dinners, music events and more leading up to the date of the event all included within the path of totality.

Many of our wineries offer lodging opportunities and some will allow tent camping and/or parking for RV’s the weekend leading up to the eclipse.

Wherever you decide to enjoy the eclipse, we hope you will join us on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and enjoy your days prior to the event. Please check back frequently as we will update this page with individual winery events as they are confirmed.

The second total solar eclipse will cross through southern Illinois on April 8, 2024.

We hope you will join us for both and enjoy the wonders of beautiful southern Illinois.

Alto Vineyards - Solar Celebration - Live music events August 18 - 21, 2017.

Blue Sky Vineyard - In celebration, we are planning a four day event, August 18-21, 2017, complete with Self Contained Camper parking, food, music, and even a special-label release wine!  Truly a one-of-a-kind experience.  Bring the kids, or share the experience with that special someone.  Check out our website for more information or to make camper reservations.  ($100.00/Night - 3 Night Minimum)

Hedman Vineyards - Enjoy live music guests beginning with music from Nicole Nelson on Saturday from 2-5.  Relax with us on Sunday with music from the Loveless Brothers from 1-4 and kick back with the Naas Brothers on the day of the eclipse from 12-3:30.  Please make reservations to eat in the cafe`.  Reservations are REQUIRED during the weekend of the 2017 eclipse.

StarView Vineyards - Our celebration starts Friday night with music and continues on through Monday.  Browse local artists at our Makers Market on Saturday and bring out your artistic side at a Splash & Dash Paint Party on Sunday.  Camper parking, food and a commemorative wine label will also be a part of the fun.  It's totality worth the trip to StarView Vineyards!  Sorry no table reservations accepted August 18-21.  Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Pomona Winery - Will follow standard winery hours with the exception of Monday, August 21, 2017.  Pomona Winery will be closed on the day of the eclipse.

Owl Creek Vineyard - We will be hosting live music Friday through Monday with cafe` specials and additional ciders available on tap. 

Honker Hill Winery - Looking for a space to call your own during the weekend of the eclipse?  We will be offering tent camping and have a few spaces available for self-contained RV camper parking.  Enjoy live music Friday through Monday, helicopter rides and a special release eclipse wine during your visit.

Hickory Ridge Winery - Try our special port style eclipse wine and bring home a bottle, or two, to remember your time here in southern Illinois.  Live music, TBA, will follow the eclipse on Monday.

Von Jakob Vineyard - Enjoy live music all weekend long and other specials, TBA.

Kite Hill Vineyard - Live music and winery specials TBA.

Orlandini Vineyard - Total Eclipse at the Vines:  It's a grand four day event that you won't want to miss featuring live music, The Eclipse Ball, local brews from St. Nicholas Brewing Company and food available.  A prime spot to view the eclipse, we hope you will join us.  Make sure to get your tickets early.  There are a limited number available.