Harvest Season is Here
There’s no need to travel to Burgundy or Napa Valley to experience a truly authentic wine culture. Enjoy the experiences of harvest right here in southern Illinois.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail vineyards are buzzing with excitement. The grapes are ripening and ready to be harvested and our vineyard and cellar crews are scrambling to keep up with the season. During your wine trail travels keep an eye out for our harvest crews picking fruit from the vine or listen for the sounds of a press squeezing all that sweet juice from each tiny grape.
White varietals like Niagara, Vidal and Seyval will ripen first while our red grape varieties like Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc and Norton will benefit from more time on the vine and not be harvested until September or later allowing the fruit to fully ripen and to develop those bold flavors we are known for.
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Winter Wine Travel
It’s time to enjoy the slower, quieter side of Illinois wine country. Spring, summer and fall are all great times to travel the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail but the winter season offers a unique experience for those that venture out during our off season.
Southern Illinois offers an enchanting paradise that is under appreciated during the winter months. The Shawnee Hills National Forest is a beautiful winter wonderland and provides guests with a great opportunity to see massive
sandstone structures, waterfalls and scenic views of our hardwood forests. All while covered in a dusting of snow.
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