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Wine & Food Pairing Weekends

11 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create three wonderful weekends of savory wine and food pairings.  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 7-8, 2020




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

Saturday, March 7, 2020 (11:00am-5:00pm) and Sunday, March 8, 2020 (12:30pm-5:00pm)

Event Ticket Covers Both Days

Winery Pairing Guide

Alto Vineyards:  Ricotta, Chive and Prosciutto Crostini paired with Chardonel or Shawnee Gold

Pomona Winery: 

Owl Creek Vineyard:  Baked Brie w/ Maple Caramelized Apples and Spice Praline Bacon paired with Chambourcin

Von Jakob Vineyard: Cheesy Italian Rice Balls paired with Hillside White or Country Red

Hedman Vineyards:  Gouda & Sharp Cheddar Mac-N-Cheese paired with Tucker Hill Red

Blue Sky Vineyard:  Apricots w/ Basil, Goat Cheese & Almonds paired with Traminette

StarView Vineyards:  Gnocchi w/ Gorgonzola Cream Sauce paired with Rosé or Morning Star

Kite Hill Vineyard: Lemon Cookie A La Mode w/ Cream Cheese Glaze & Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream paired with Broadwing

Feather Hills Vineyard: Cheesy Vegetable Soup paired with Salukiz or Old Vine Zinfandel

Hickory Ridge Vineyard:  Homemade White Cheddar Cheese Straws paired with Traminette or 2

Honker Hill Winery:  Charcuterie Wraps w/ Strawberry Spinach Salad paired with Woody Red or Villard Blanc


Prizes Include

Overnight stays at unique southern Illinois lodging, tickets to our next Wine & Food Pairing Weekend:  Midsummer Picnic Pairings and souvenir corkscrews.


Ticket Information

Ticket Information:  $35.00 per person.

Designated Driver Prices:  $35.00 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.


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Buy Tickets for ALL 3 Events

A $105.00 Value for Only $75.00

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