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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

The wine industry in Southern Illinois began in 1984, when Guy Renzaglia established Alto Vineyards.  Alto's first wine was released in 1987 and by 1993, neighboring Pomona Winery released their first two apple wines. With two wineries, conversation began about creating a wine trail ... because there was a beginning and an end!  By the time the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail was established in 1995, a third winery, Owl Creek Vineyard, had released their first wine.  

1995 marks the beginning of a long series of promotional campaigns devoted to bringing travelers and wine enthusiasts into the region to taste Southern Illinois wine, while enjoying the magnificent vistas of the Shawnee National Forest.  The story has continued to grow as the number of wineries has continued to grow, as the region welcomes thousands of travelers each year.

The wineries along the trail are located just minutes apart and there are many other businesses along the route that are sure to peak your interest. You can begin your jaunt at either end of the trail ... or start in the middle ... but plan to visit the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in the near future!

For an online map see: http://www.shawneewinetrail.com