1. Fewer Tourists: The “off” season is a great time to enjoy a tour of our wineries.  With fewer guests and quieter tasting rooms, you will enjoy more intimate wine tastings, often with the owner or winemaker.  After choosing your favorite wine, cozy up to the fireplace or curl up on a couch and savor a glass or two with someone special.
  1. The Shawnee National Forest is Beautiful: One of the best things in southern Illinois is the view.  Rolling hills, sandstone bluffs, creeks that wind for miles, southern Illinois has it all.  And, with generally milder winter temperatures, there is no excuse not to enjoy the opportunities the Shawnee National Forest offers from, hiking, biking, birding and more.
  1. Winter Passport Program: The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail offers a convenient and affordable way for guests to maximize the value of their visits.  Pick up your Winter Winery Passport at any wine trail winery and enjoy great discounts at each winery.  Once you have visited each of the 11 wineries on the trail, you will receive a souvenir Shawnee Hills Wine Trail corkscrew and be entered into a drawing to win other great prizes along the trail, including event tickets, overnight stays and more.
  1. Great for Relaxing & Recharging: Beat the seasonal blues.  A little sunshine, some fresh air and a glass of wine are great ways to escape the winter blues.  The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, surrounding forest and local businesses offer plenty of ways to be active, entertained and stay cozy.
  1. Discounted Reservation Rates: The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail is surrounded by a wonderful selection of unique inns, intimate bed & breakfasts and cozy cabins, all nestled in the scenic Shawnee Hills.  Each offers a unique experience in their own right and all offer the comforts of home without the hassle.  During the winter months, many offer unique discounts to entice travelers.  Be sure to take in the stars above or enjoy the sunrise/sunset during your overnight.