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Wine & Food Pairing Weekends

12 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create three wonderful, themed, wine and food pairing events.  We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples.

Is there anything more classic than the perfect wine paired with the right cheese?  Join us for a fun-filled weekend of cheese infused dishes that showcase how cheese can play the perfect supporting role to our award-winning wines.  This is a great weekend to explore different styles of Illinois wine with many different, delicious and comforting cheese/cheese infused dishes.

Our wineries are all open for regular business hours during this event.

Cheese – Not a Solo Act – March 8-9, 2024

Wine and Cheese Event




Pre-purchase your ticket online and select your starting point.  The first winery that you visit will give you a souvenir wine glass and your tasting ticket. Bring your ticket to each location along the trail to enjoy your pairings. Leave your completed/stamped tasting ticket at the last winery visited to be entered for a chance to win a great prize from one of our associate members.

Event Hours

Friday, March 8, 2024 (12:00pm-6:00pm)

Saturday, March 9, 2024 (11:00am-6:00pm)

Ticket Valid for Both Days

Winery Pairing Guide

Alto Vineyards:  Herbed Cream Cheese “Cigar” w/ Fresh Parsley & Pepper paired with Dawg House Red

Pomona Winery:  Parmesan, Bacon Cheese Ball paired with Jonathon Oak or Kir

Owl Creek Vineyard:  Tex-Mex Poblano Artichoke Dip paired with Whooo’s Blush

Von Jakob Vineyard:  Cheese Balls w/ Crushed Pecans paired with Hillside White

PeachBarn Winery:  Soft Pretzel Bites in Creamy Beer Cheese Dip paired with Your Choice of Rosé

Blue Sky Vineyard:  Apricot Jelly & Pistachio Crostini paired with Rocky Comfort White

StarView Vineyards:  Cheesecake Mousse w/ Raspberry paired with Dry Rosé or Red Star

Kite Hill Vineyard:  Parmesan Bite paired with String Theory

Feather Hills Vineyard:  Whipped Ricotta w/ Pistachios and Honey paired with Savvy Saluki

Hickory Ridge Vineyard:  Cheese Bread paired with Traminette or Tram Number Two

Honker Hill Winery:  Bourbon Meatballs w/ Slice of Crusty Bread & Cheese/Fruit Skewers paired with Wally’s Red or Applecious

Wichmann Vineyard:  Olive Oil and Herb Marinated Mozzarella Pearls w/ Cracker paired with Veraison

Prizes Include

Tickets to our next Wine & Food Pairing Weekend:  Midsummer Picnic Pairings


Ticket Information

Ticket Information:  $40.00 per person.

Designated Driver Prices:  $40.00 per person.  DD’s will receive food samples, a non-alcoholic drink at each winery, and the chance to win prizes.

Ticket Includes: One sample of wine and a sample dish that is chosen to pair perfectly with the selected wine at each of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries, one souvenir Shawnee Hills Wine Trail logo wine glass and entry into a drawing for fabulous prizes along the trail.


Reservations Are Required