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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Fall Festival
From Friday, 31 August 2012 -  02:00pm
To Saturday, 01 September 2012 - 08:00pm
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The 2012 Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Fall Festival is just around the corner and will feature more of the best that Southern Illinois has to offer, only bigger and better than ever before!  This festival brings all twelve of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries together saving you time and a tank of gas.  Enjoy samples from the individual wineries while enjoying two days of live music, a grape stomp, local artisans and much more.


  • DownTown Park Cobden, IL
  • August 31, 2012 - 2:00 - 8:00pm & September 01, 2012 - 2:00 - 8:00pm


Friday:  (TBA) followed by Ol` Fishkins (Traditional Bluegrass)

Saturday:  Bosco & Whiteford (Country/Rock/Bluegrass & Ragtime) followed by Blues Handle (St. Louis Blues)

Celebrate Illinois Wine Month with a friend. . . or two. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy award-winning southern Illinois wines on a beautiful fall afternoon. What more could you ask for?

Dunk Tank: Join us at the festival to "Dunk a Firefighter".  A dunk tank will be available both days of the festival with all proceeds from the tank going to the Cobden and Alto Pass Fire Departments.  $5.00 gives you three chances to dunk a firefighter.  Can't hit the broadside of a barn?  A $20.00 donation and you can walk up to the button and give it a push.

Grape Stomp: Hourly from 3-7pm - Sign up at the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Tent

Cost is $5.00 per person or team (2 person team) / Five teams per stomp.  The winner of each stomp will receive $10.00 in Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wine Bucks and a wine trail t-shirt.

Wine Themed Costume Competition: Dress as your favorite wine character for a chance to win great prizes.  A cluster of grapes, I Love Lucy, Bacchus. . . the possibilities are endless.  Who will take home the prize?  Winner will be announced at 4:30pm each day.  (Must be a paid festival attendee to participate)

Admission: $15.00 admission includes souvenir wine glass, $5.00 coupon good for merchandise at any winery at the event or the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail tent, entertainment and 12 sampling tickets.  Each ticket is good for one 1/2 ounce wine sample, 1/4 ounce for port wines.

$5.00 Designated Drivers Admission

Arrive at the festival early,  from 2:00 to 3:00pm, for 3 FREE tasting tickets.

Reminder: You must be 21 to participate in wine tasting so please bring your photo ID



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.