In the summer of 1995, the owners of the first three wineries in southern Illinois, Alto Vineyards, Pomona Winery and Owl Creek Vineyard recognized the untapped tourism potential of the region. With help from our local tourism bureaus and hard work from a passionate group of wine growers, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail became the first wine trail in the state of Illinois. Today, over 20 years later, we look forward to continued growth and many more years of sharing our passion with you.
Set among the scenic southern Illinois countryside, we invite you to visit the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Enjoy the distinctive character of each of our wineries, charming towns that dot the trail, unique local restaurants and a region rich in history. Be sure to give yourself an extra day or more to discover new adventures that present themselves along the way.
Give the Gift of Shawnee Hills Wine Country
Have you ever wondered how to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wines you love so much? Wine Bucks are the perfect gift allow the guests to create lifelong memories during their visit.