Wine Trail

Wine Tasting available at 11 Wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, all located within 25 minutes of Makanda Inn & Cottages

Blue markers denote Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Vineyards, burgundy markers are other wineries in the area. Make the rounds and do some Wine Tasting.

The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail is within the Shawnee Hills AVA. The AVA stands for American Viticultural Area. These are areas recognized as unique grape growing regions. In 2006 the Shawnee Hills AVA was established.

Areas like this receive their designation from the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau. The area is approximately 2,140 square miles between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

The Shawnee National Forest provides an incredible setting while visiting the Wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Our bed and breakfast Inn & Cottages property in Southern Illinois is centrally located for visiting all of the eleven wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

The Wine Trail has a lot of activities.

The trail offers a variety of venues, many offering live weekend entertainment. The selection of wines varies greatly too, from apple-based, fruit-based, and of course many versions of traditional wines.

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Classic Map black and white map of the area to plan your wine tastingTake a long weekend to get away from the daily grind and have time to visit all the wineries on the trail. Makanda Inn & Cottages is the perfect place to hit the whole trail and relax after a strenuous day of wine tasting.

Going out for a day to the wineries, leave the driving to someone else:

Shawnee Shuttle – 618-201-4841

Jillian is great for a couple or small groups. She has been providing transportation for the wine trail for many years and is fully versed in the area.

Wrightway Transportation – 618-893-2941

A local company out of Anna, IL. We used this company when the owner of the property was here with a group of friends. This company can handle larger groups. Check them out on Facebook.

Click Here for Other transportation options shown on Starviews Website – scroll down for the list

Here are the 11, and many are Award-winning, Wineries on the Trail:

Wine Tasting @ Alto Vineyard

Alto Vineyard's great brown stone sign marks the way to wine tastingThe original winery in Southern Illinois. You are bound to find a wine you like here from the great variety Alto offers.

With rooftop deck seating and lots of outdoor space, it is a nice place to relax and enjoy the wine.

Great place for beautiful sunset viewing too! Looking for a place to have your wedding this is a great venue. Light fare menu items are available.

Blue Sky Vineyard

Blue Sky's tan masonry sign at the entry lit up against the night skyA favorite among our guests, this Winery is a picturesque facility with Italian tones.

You will definitely want to put this one on your list of places to visit. The best part, we usually have coupons available.

This is also a great option for a wedding, and we get a lot of folks staying with us for that reason. Blue Sky also serves food.

Wine Tasting @ Hedman Vineyards

The Peach Barn at Hedman Vineyards set against the beautiful blue sky for your wine tasting pleasureGreat wine and great food with a Swedish flair.

Go for the wine tastings and follow up with a meal at the Peach Barn Cafe.

The barn has been recently updated and has a large tasting room with lots of tables. You can even play a game of chess while you are there.

They also have an outdoor pavilion. This can also be a good venue for events like business dinners, rehearsal dinners, or holiday parties.

Hickory Ridge Vineyard
Hickory Ridge's tasting building set against the deep blue sky, intimate wine tasting room

Intimate and cozy in a beautiful setting and of course, wonderful wines.

Family owned and operated all wines are estate grown.

You are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and just relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Book a four-night stay in our West End Cottage, and you will get a complimentary picnic you can take there.

Honker Hill Winery

Live music and an outdoor fireplace. Nice scenery, Honker Hill is a fun place to visit.

Wine Tasting @ Kite Hill Vineyards

White and Black Kite Hill sign as we entered the drivewayKite Hill Vineyards is yet another fantastic place to go and taste some wine.

You are bound to find something you like here. We were very impressed with the wines we tasted and had a good time chatting with Jim.

He and Barb are the owners. We have gotten to know them also through our local lodging association as well.

The tasting room has a nice deck that overlooks a pond with lots of turtles.

Feather Hill’s Vineyard & Winery

Another small and intimate winery with good wine.

We were there wine tasting on a June day and the breeze outside on the deck was really nice.

Like so many of the vineyards in the area, the setting is beautiful, comes with the territory I guess.

You can buy a bottle and settle in for a delightful afternoon. They have live entertainment scheduled most weekends as well.

Wine Tasting @ Owl Creek Vineyard

The red white and blue open sign on Owl Creek 's sign welcomes you to the wineryOwl Creek is known for its hard cider.

This venue has a great outdoor deck overlooking the train track and forest.

Owl Creek often has live entertainment so check out the latest calendar to see what is happening.

They do serve food as well if you are getting a bit hungry.

Pomona Winery
Wine tasting at Pomona Winery. The white sign as you enter the driveway.

If George does your wine tasting, it will be a memorable experience. Often praised, Pomona is the only winery who makes all its wine from non-grape fruits.

The wines range from dry to sweet and are surprisingly complex.

The building is made from all recycled wood and is in a beautiful wooded setting.

They are fine with you bringing your own cheese and crackers for snacking while sitting outside.

Wine Tasting @ Starview Vineyards

The white star barn can be seen long before you arrive at Starview VineyardBrett and Regina, like us, hail from the East.

Previously from Pennsylvania, they are now living and loving Southern Illinois.

The property is beautiful and has lots of outdoor seating on the deck and lawn, both of which overlook a pond where you can feed the fish.

They do an excellent job, with Regina in the front and Brett usually behind the scenes perfecting his vintner skills. Their wines are some of the best in the area, we love wine tasting there whenever we get the chance. They do serve food and have weekend entertainment too!

Von Jakob Winery & Brewery

Now has a pub and always has something going on. The midway stop on the western side of the wine trail it is a great place to pull in for a bite and some wine or beer.

Some other notable wineries not on the trail, Monte Alegre Wines, Walker’s Bluff, Bella T Winery, and Lincoln Heritage Winery.