Hickory Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Pomona IL

  Hickory Ridge Vineyards & Winery is a quaint establishment owned by Ron and Sylvia Presswood in the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Located back off the road, nestled behind trees and overlooking the vineyards, the small rustic tasting room provides a nice escape...

Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass IL

I’ve had Alto Vineyards wines before, but this was my first visit to the winery in Alto Pass. Located in southern Illinois, Alto Vineyards is one of the founding three wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, which was the first wine trail in Illinois. A friend...

Pomona Winery, Pomona IL

        If you are interested in something a little different, how about a winery that uses only locally grown non-grape fruits in their wines?  Pomona Winery is a small rustic looking place with decks and a garden picnic area, and even though it...

Kite Hill Vineyards, Carbondale IL

Located just south of Carbondale in the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, you will find Kite Hill Vineyards. Not only do owners Jim and Barbara Bush have the vineyards and winery, but they also operate a Bed & Breakfast that is located at the vineyard. My recent visit...

Monte Alegre Vineyards & Cellars, Carbondale IL

From engineer, to farmer and horse breeder/trainer, to viticulturist, to winemaker, David Ponce and his wife Beth, of Monte Alegre Vineyards & Cellars, have made their mark in the Southern Illinois wine scene. The property originally had three old vines of...

Walker’s Bluff, Carterville IL

I was introduced to Walker’s Bluff wines at Vintage Illinois in 2018. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the winery and was truly amazed. Walker’s Bluff is not just a winery, but instead a magnificent getaway. Just because it is secluded does not mean...