Come relax with us a while and enjoy the lovely southern Illinois down-home atmosphere. Make yourself comfortable in our tasting room or have a seat outside on our country porch.
JUST WHO WE ARE:
Shawnee Winery Cooperative was formed in 2004 to create a market for small grape growers in the Southern Illinois area. The idea was to develop a secure market for each year's harvest and to provide a value added bonus of patronage from the sale of wine made from the members' grapes. With major support from the USDA and the State of Illinois, Shawnee Winery has become a reality. Shawnee Winery was the 16th winery to open its doors in Illinois.
The history of wine making in Illinois began around 1830 and by the early 1900's, Illinois had grown to be the fourth largest grape growing state in the United States. After Prohibition was enacted,almost all of the vineyards in the State were destroyed. Only in the last few years has the industry experienced resurgence in grape production.