There’s no need to travel to Burgundy or Napa Valley to experience a truly authentic wine culture. Within a few hours drive from St. Louis is the first formed wine trail in the state of Illinois and some of the oldest vineyards in the state. Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest, we invite you to enjoy a visit to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in southern Illinois. Enjoy nationally and internationally awarded wines, friendly service and unique wine and food experiences. Composed of eleven wineries dotting a well marked 40-mile trail, each winery offers their own individual style and winemaking techniques that make your journey a pleasant adventure through the hills of southern Illinois.
A wide array of specialty shops, unique eateries, breweries and art galleries dot southern Illinois and are only a few minutes drive from the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and any of our inns, cabins or bed and breakfasts. Offering truly local experiences, unique craft brews and eclectic art originals, these businesses offer one-of-a-kind opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else but in southern Illinois.
You wont want to miss out on all of the tastes and unique experiences along the trail so make your plans for an extended stay. As we like to say: Come for the Wine. Stay for the Experience.
Back Row / Left to Right: Jim Wier (Alto Vineyards) , Brett & Regina Morrison (StarView Vineyards), Gerd & Anders Hedman (Hedman Vineyard), Ron Presswood (Hickory Ridge Vineyard), George Majka (Pomona Winery), Jim Ewers (Blue Sky Vineyard), Rhoda & Paul Jacobs (Von Jakob Vineyard)
Front Row: Brad Genung (Owl Creek Vineyard), Barbara Bush (Kite Hill Vineyard), Noella Orlandini (Orlandini Vineyard)
Not Pictured: Don Lucas (Honker Hill Winery)