The history of commercial Southern Illinois viticulture dates back to the early 1980’s. This was when the first vineyard was planted
with wine grape varieties, which had previously been deemed unfit to be grown in our area. Within a short time, however, it
was proven that award winning wines could be produced and more acres of grapes began to be cultivated.
It is these grapes that attracted wineries and winemakers from various regions. Next, Southern
Illinois experienced incredible growth, exploding to over 20 different commercial
wineries, and many more private vineyards.
Come experience the gorgeous Mediterranean architecture of this Southern Illinois Winery. One of the most talked about Wineries.
No visit to the Southern Illinois wineries is complete without stopping by Rustle Hill. This place is known for its good live music and relaxed atmosphere.
Alto Vineyard is one of the oldest and known as a wine drinker's vineyard but with its new ultra-modern winery they are a must visit!
Expeience a bird's-eye view of the Shawnee National Forest and all of its beauty.
Pick from a variety of cabins on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and in Southern Illinois.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail has a selection of unique bed and breakfasts for your comfort.
The professional wine trail guide for custom tours of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
Having trouble planning your trip for the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail? Need a list of the most popular stops on the Southern Illinois Wine Trail? Explore our 5 Minute Wine Trail Guide to get the most out of your adventure in Southern Illinois and the Shawnee National Forest area. With many of our most acclaimed locations listed, your expedition along the Wine Trail will be one to reminisce about. Relax and revel in your time spent in Southern Illinois.Read More