May 30, 2017

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail 20th Anniversary Gala

 The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail announces their 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Carbondale Civic Center. Join us as we celebrate 20 incredible years of friends, fun, and especially, fantastic Illinois wines. We are pulling out all the stops – and all the wines – for this gala event. Enjoy 24 different wine samples from our member wineries. You … [Read more...]

Midwest Winery Rankings for 2013

According to the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) the number of federal winery licenses in the 11 state Midwest Wine Press market area grew to 1,243  in 2013. This is a 10% increase from the number of winery licenses in 2012.See newer story: 2014 Midwest Winery Rankings New for this year, the Midwest Wine Press Midwest Winery Rankings also include the number of wineries … [Read more...]

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Featured in Most Recent “Midwest Living”

The October 2012 issue of Midwest Living Magazine contains a six page color spread on Southern Illinois Wine.  Numerous local wineries are featured.  See:http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/illinois/the-good-life-along-illinois-shawnee-hills-wine-trail/ … [Read more...]

Midwest Winery Rankings by State

Midwest Wine Press recently compiled current TTB data to arrive at the number of wineries in the Midwest.  (This tabulation method entails acceptance of the TTB definition of a winery which is subject to debate.)The number of wineries in the Midwest as defined by the 11 states in the Midwest Wine Press market area is now 1,132.  There are now also 43 organized wine trails in the Midwest.  Such … [Read more...]

Owl Creek Vineyard Eyes Southern Illinois Apples

The old Niagara vines, planted in 1980 by Owl Creek Vineyard founder and Midwest wine pioneer Ted Wichmann, still produce wine in Southern Illinois' first post Prohibition vineyard.    Owl Creek's current owner, Brad Genung, is carrying on the pioneering tradition as he develops the first hand crafted hard ciders on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail using local apples as the raw material.The new … [Read more...]