Southern Illinois Wineries & Vineyards We will comfortably and safely transport your group of six or less adults to the wineries, vineyards, orchards and other unique destinations of Jackson and Union counties. http://shawneeshuttle.com Wed, 24 May 2017 03:58:22 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Alto Vineyards and Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/Alto-Vineyards-and-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/Alto-Vineyards-and-Winery.html Alto Vineyards and Winery

Alto Vineyards was the area's first modern, commercial winery in southern Illinois, founded in 1984 by Guy Renzagglia. Located on fifty acres along Illinois Route 127 in Alto Pass, IL, Alto Vineyards was a dream that most people thought was impossible. Today, Alto Vineyards is a thriving family-owned and operated endeavor, producing more than 30,000 gallons of wine each year. Alto Vineyards was a founding member of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in 1995, and is now the 6th largest winery in Illinois.

At Alto Vineyards, the wine selection is extensive and ranges from classic Illinois reds like Chambourcin and Norton, to bright blends like Wiener Dog White and even complex Port wines, Heartland Port and Porto di Guido. Alto Vineyards requests that guests limit free tastings to six wines.

At Alto Vineyards the warm and friendly staff will make you will feel as if you are a part of the family. Alto Vineyards does not serve food, but does allow outside picnic baskets. The gift shop shelves are stocked with wine accessories, local products and cook-books, handmade jewelery and more.

Alto Vineyards includes a second retail location in Champaign, IL. Alto Vineyards has nearly completed costruction on a new tasting room, with doors opening very soon! 

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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:59:27 +0000
Bella T Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Bella-Terra-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Bella-Terra-Winery.html Bella T Winery

Located in Creal Springs, IL, Bella T Winery is a member of the Southern Illinois Wine Trail. Bella T Winery sits high atop a ridge, gorgeous views of the surrounding hills, ponds and vineyards. Visitors will enjoy warm hospitality, an extensive wine list and varied food menu at Bella T Winery.

Bella T Winery is family-friendly, with recreational opportunities for all. Visitors make good use of the area's finest bocce ball court, washers and board games, and even an on-site dog kennel. Bella T is an beautiful place to tie the knot, and weddings are common throughout the season.


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Wineries & Vineyards Tue, 29 Sep 2009 04:38:42 +0000
Blue Sky Vineyard http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Blue-Sky-Vineyard.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Blue-Sky-Vineyard.html Blue Sky Vineyard

Blue Sky Vineyard is a very popular venue along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, famous for its Tuscan Villa-style tasting room and beautifully manicured grounds. Blue Sky Vineyard anchors the northeast end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in Makanda, IL.

Blue Sky Vineyard offers a large selection of wines produced by experienced wine maker Karen Hand. Also serving Sangria, and a variety of bottled beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Blue Sky Vineyards boasts a full menu including appetizers, pizza and dessert. 

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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:35:27 +0000
Hedman Vineyards http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Hedman-Vineyards.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Hedman-Vineyards.html Hedman Vineyards

Savor the flavors of Sweden at Hedman Vineyards! Anders and Gerd Hedman invite you to experience a taste of their homeland of Sweden at Hedman Vineyards and Peach Barn Café, located along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in Alto Pass, IL. Hedman Vineyards offers a line of fine, award-winning wines while the Peach Barn Café is praised for authentic, savory soups, salads and entreés. 

Inside the tasting room visitors enjoy an intimate café environment with wine tasting bar and Scandinavian gift shop. Reservations are encouraged. Shawnee Shuttle is happy to make a reservations on behalf of our guests.

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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:32:35 +0000
Hickory Ridge Vineyard & Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Hickory-Ridge-Vineyard-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Hickory-Ridge-Vineyard-Winery.html Hickory Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Hickory Ridge Vineyard & Winery is located along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, tucked away on a hilltop in Pomona, IL. The view from Hickory Ridge will have you reaching for your camera. Step inside and find even more reason to visit Hickory Ridge--award-winning wines and a friendly staff.

Hickory Ridge uses strictly grapes grown in their vineyard, attributing their wine-making success to great attention to detail from start to finish. Hickory Ridge is most known for producing high quality dry wines.

Owners Ron and Sylvia Presswood have created a welcoming environment and a charming tasting room at Hickory Ridge Vineyard & Winery. The walls and shelves are adorned with art, souvenirs and books collected locally and throughout their extensive world travels. The two decks off the tasting room are excellent places to relax and soak in the surrounding beauty.

While you may find a toasty fire roaring in a fire pit constructed with love by dutiful employees, you won't find a bandstand, food menu or banquet hall at Hickory Ridge Vineyard & Winery. Picnic baskets are always welcome.

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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:43:13 +0000
Hogg Hollow Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Hogg-Hollow-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Hogg-Hollow-Winery.html Hogg Hollow Winery

Hogg Hollow Winery is a member of the Southern Illinois Wine Trail, located in rural Pope County, IL. Hogg Hollow is a small, family-owned and operated vineyard, located in the heart of the Shawnee Hills AVA. Hogg Hollow Winery is only minutes from popular outdoor recreational venues within the Shawnee National Forest, including Bell Smith Springs and Garden of the Gods.

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Wineries & Vineyards Fri, 02 Oct 2009 02:51:01 +0000
Honker's Hill Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/Honker-s-Hill-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/Honker-s-Hill-Winery.html

Honker Hill Winery is the latest winery become a member of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, located just minutes south of Carbondale, IL. Honker Hill Winery is completely surrounded by Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge.

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Wineries & Vineyards Fri, 21 May 2010 02:42:47 +0000
Kite Hill Vineyards http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/Kite-Hill-Vineyards.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/Kite-Hill-Vineyards.html Kite Hill Vineyards

Kite Hill Vineyards anchors the northwest end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, located only five miles south of Carbondale, IL. Kite Hill Vineyards provides guests with a low-key, peaceful atmosphere perfect for anyone hoping to unwind. Kite Hill Vineyards offers a cozy tasting room with a small gift shop area and a deck providing stunning views of the pond below and expansive skies above. A standard tasting at Kite Hill Vineyards is free of charge. A premium tasting runs $2.00 and includes a sample of Kite Hill's Chambourcin Reserve and Proud Port.  

Kite Hill Splash and Grapevine Ice have been favorites among Shawnee Shuttle guests. The mixes and wine used for these drinks are available for purchas at Kite Hill Vineyards.

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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:40:56 +0000
Lincoln Heritage Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/Lincoln-Heritage-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/Lincoln-Heritage-Winery.html

Lincoln Heritage Winery is currently the "newest" winery in the Shawnee Hills region, having recently opened it's doors in 2011. Lincoln Heritage is a small boutique winery located on the south end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail near Cobden, IL. Lincoln Heritage Winery is locally owned and operated by Homer and Bonnie Cissel.

Lincoln Heritage Winery is a small venue where the emphaisis is on making quality wine and providing guests with a wonderful expereince. Currently wine tastings are offered free of charge.

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Wineries & Vineyards Wed, 16 Feb 2011 02:28:54 +0000
Monte Alegre Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Monte-Alegre-Wines.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Monte-Alegre-Wines.html

Monte Alegre Winery, founded in 1990, is located in Carbondale, Illinois. Monte Alegre is known for high quality wines produced with painstaking care and attention to detail by owner and winemaker, David Ponce. All wines offered for sale are Estate grown at Monte Alegre Vineyard, fermented and aged on location at Ponce Cellars.

Wine tastings are $4.00 per adult at Monte Alegre, and include a souvenir wine glass.

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Wineries & Vineyards Wed, 09 Sep 2009 03:22:40 +0000
Orlandini Vineyard http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Orlandini-Vineyard.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Orlandini-Vineyard.html Orlandini Vineyard

Orlandini Vineyard is a member of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, located on remote gravel lane in Makanda, IL. Orlandini Vineyard dates back to 1988 when Gary Orlandini planted his first grape vines. For many years Gary sold his vintages from his home to friends and people who sought him out based on his reputation for excellence in wine production.

Over the years Orlandini Vineyards has expanded to include a beautiful tasting room, with a deck off the back overlooking the pond, and a bandstand for live entertainment. Gary Orlandini is the acting President of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Association.

See our events calendar for more information on free live music at Orlandini Vineyards. Small snacks are available in the tasting room and outside picnic

Orlandini Vineyards Wine Selection:

  • 2005 Chambourcin - medium-bodied red wine, lightly oaked. Notes of vanilla and berry.

  • 2006 Chambourcin - An estate wine, aged with American & French oak. Lighter bodied & spicy. 

  • 2008 Vidal - Full of zesty grapefruit and lemon flavors. This dry wine is a limited edition at Orlandini Vineyards.

  • 2008 Vidal - A dry white wine with citrus flavors finishing with drier mineral notes.

  • 2007 Traminette - a perfectly balanced crisp and spicy semi-sweet white wine that captures the signature floral nose of a German varietal.

  • 2007 White Chambourcin -  semi-sweet blush wine has notes of cherry and other spring berries.

  • 2007 Rosso Gustoso- semi-sweet Chambourcin is one of Orlandini Vineyard's newest releases. Fermenting the grapes on their skins produces the rich purple color.

  • 2008 Saluki Red - A sweet red vinted for the sophisticated sweet wine drinker. Produced from the Chambourcin grapes, fermented on the skins.

  • Concord- This native American grape contains the classic taste of Grandma's grape jelly. Always a summer crowd pleaser. 

  • Sangria - Come out and try our delicious Sangria!
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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:41:52 +0000
Owl Creek Vineyard http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Owl-Creek-Vineyard.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Owl-Creek-Vineyard.html Owl Creek Vineyard

Owl Creek Vineyard is a member of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail located in Cobden, IL. Owl Creek Vineyard is a favorite stop among Shawnee Shuttle guests for a variety of reasons. Owl Creek's award-winning line of wines contains a vintage suitable for everyone to enjoy, from the citrusy Reisling-style Seyval Blanc to the bold and spicy Owl's Leap. Wine tastings are free of charge at Owl Creek, and are offered by knowledgeable, friendly staff amid a cool and casual environment. During summer months Owl Creek serves up some of the best Sangria on the trail. Owl Creek now offers a lunch menu featuring appetizers and sandwiches. Visitors may enjoy a meal or conversation inside the tasting room or grab a seat on the deck perched high in the tree tops. 

Saturday Music Series:  Enjoy free live music performed by the area's finest Blues, Bluegrass and Acoustic artists every Saturday from 2 - 6 p.m. April - November at Owl Creek Vineyard. Artists take the "stage" on an old, re-purposed flatbed truck and play for guests enjoying the deck. See our events calendar for upcoming music schedule.


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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:30:22 +0000
Pomona Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Pomona-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Pomona-Winery.html Pomona Winery

At Pomona Winery, George Majka and Jane Payne have derived their award-winning line of seven table wines and three dessert wines from locally grown apples, peaches, blueberries and strawberries. In their over 25 years of wine-making, George and Jayne have received awards on the regional, national and international level, most recently winning the Illinois Governors Cup for their 2009 Strawberry Dessert Wine. Kir, a unique blend of black currents and apples, won this prestigious award in 2008.

Pomona Winery is often designated a favorite stop among Shawnee Shuttle guests due to it's friendly, beautiful atmosphere and remarkable wines. Pomona is located only minutes from Little Grand Canyon, a popular natural area of the Shawnee National Forest.

A wine tasting is free of charge at Pomona, and facilitated by George, Jayne or a knowledgeable staffer. Upon entering the winery you will be welcomed warmly and asked to grab a bar stool. Tastings are fun and educational at Pomona Winery, so grab a pencil and get ready to learn something new.

Pomona Winery ships wines across the country to devoted followers (see your state for shipping regulations), although many more make the annual trek back to Pomona for restocking.

Pomona Winery Selection:

Jonathan - A crisp, tart semi-dry wine made from Jonathan apples. Well-balanced, light-bodied and delicate. Excellent with subtle foods--light cheeses, broiled fish or chicken. Residual sugar: 0.8%

Jonathan Oak Aged Reserve – A personal favorite of Shawnee Shuttle! A semi-dry, complex varietal wine made from Jonathan apples and mellowed with medium toasted French white oak that imparts an oaky bass note. Try this one paired with mushroom dishes or venison. Residual sugar: 0.8 %

Golden - A semi-sweet, medium-bodied wine made from Golden Delicious apples. Straw-colored with good acid balance. A sure fire winner with mildly spicy foods. Residual sugar: 3 %

Golden Oak Aged Reserve - A semi-sweet, varietal wine made from Golden Delicious apples and aged with medium toasted American white oak which gives this wine a rich, creamy, buttery flavor with a hint of vanilla. Excellent with seafood or cream based pasta sauces. Residual sugar: 3 %

Kir (pronounced KEER) – A personal favorite of Shawnee Shuttle! Kir is made from a blend of black currants and apples, and named after a popular French bar drink. The tart, distinctive black currant flavor combined with the sweetness of apples makes this wine a fine companion to salads and sandwiches. Residual sugar: 6%

Orchard Harvest - A sweet, rich, full-bodied wine made from a blend of three varieties of apples. Great with flaming hot spicy foods (BBQ, curries, Cajun) or with a picnic. The apple character is enhanced by the sweetness of this wine. Residual sugar: 5.5 %

Orchard Spice - A sweet, spiced apple wine with a full, zesty flavor and nose. Excellent chilled or warmed for a wintry evening’s enjoyment. A festive holiday wine! Also, great for cooking ham, pork or chicken, or sipping with apple-based desserts. Residual sugar: 5.5 %

Strawberry Dessert Wine - This outrageous dessert wine screams “strawberries!” Great with chocolate or cheesecake. Also makes a great birthday or bachelorette party gift! Recent winner of 2009 Illinois Governor’s Cup Award at the Illinois Wine Competition. Residual sugar: 12 %; Alcohol: 16 %

Blackberry Dessert Wine - This is the most recent addition to Pomona's wine list, added in late 2012. Blackberry Dessert Wine is well-balanced, with equal parts sweet and sour. George commented that this wine stimulates the entire palate.  Alcohol: 18%

Once In A Blue Moon Blueberry Dessert Wine - A sweet, luscious, richly colored port style blueberry wine. A wonderful choice for the end of the day--with dessert or on its own. Also, another great birthday or bachelorette party gift! Residual sugar: 10 %; Alcohol: 18%

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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:37:51 +0000
Rustle Hill Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Rustle-Hill-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Rustle-Hill-Winery.html Rustle Hill Winery

Rustle Hill Winery is centrally located along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, just south of Carbondale in Cobden, IL. Rustle Hill Winery is an exceptional environment for enjoying live music, with a large outdoor amphitheater and regular weekend concert schedule. Rustle Hill has two additional stages, one on the back patio and one inside the tasting room. Performance locations may vary.

Rustle Hill Winery offers tastings in their beautiful tasting room.

Rustle Hill Winery's extensive menu features appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, paninis, pizza and desserts. Also serving Sangria and a large variety of bottled beer, including locally brewed ales from Big Muddy Brewery in Murphysboro, IL. Rustle Hill Winery does not permit outside picnic baskets or beverages.

Overnight accommodations are available on-site at the Rustle Hill Cabins.

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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:44:08 +0000
Shawnee Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Shawnee-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Shawnee-Winery.html Shawnee Winery

Shawnee Winery is a member of the Southern Illinois Wine Trail, located in Vienna, IL. Established in 2004, the Shawnee Winery Cooperative was founded by southern Illinois grape growers seeking to develop a stable market for their product and to increase the value of their grape harvest.

Shawnee Winery is open daily year round.

Shawnee Winery Selection:

Chardonnay - Dry white wine made exclusively from Illinois Chardonnay grapes.

Chardonel
- A dry white wine, barrel aged with hints of apple and oak.

Shawnee Red - A dry red wine made from Chambourcin grapes. Dark color and rich, full flavor with plenty of spiciness. Compare to a Cabernet.

Chambourcin - A dry red, medium bodied wine with a ruby color. Lightly oaked. Compares to a Merlot.

Shawnee White - A dry white wine made from Seyval and Chardonel grapes. Flavors of apple & pear. Crisp and refreshing. Compares to a Riesling or Pino Grigio.

Cherokee Tears - A semi-sweet white wine made from a blend of Vidal and Seyval grapes. Notes of apple and pear. Compares to a Riesling.

Shawnee Blush - A semi-sweet blush wine with fresh, fruity flavors. Compares to a White Zinfandel.

Pink Catawba - A semi-sweet pink wine with a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.

Raindancer - A sweet red wine made from a blend of Chambourcin, Frontenac, St. Vincent and Concord grapes. Dark color with notes of black cherry.

Tiffany's gold - A sweet white wine made from a blend of Cayuga and Chardonel grapes. Subtle hints of peaches and apricots with a light finish.

Dreamcatcher - A very sweet white wine made from a blend of Concord and Niagra grapes. Bursting with fresh grape flavor. Compares to a Muscadine.

Razzle Dazzle - A sweet raspberry flavor wine. Get it while it lasts!

Just Peachy - A sweet peach wine. Get it while it lasts!

Eagle Ridge Red - A sweet red wine made from Frontenac grapes. Offers a blend of cherry and plum notes with berry overtones.

Dutchman's Port - A fruity dessert wine made from Frontenac grapes and fortified with brandy spirits.

Voyage into Night - A rich dessert wine made from our Dutchman's Port. A marriage of chocolate and berry flavors.

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Wineries & Vineyards Tue, 06 Oct 2009 05:51:51 +0000
StarView Vineyards http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/StarView-Vineyards.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/StarView-Vineyards.html StarView Vineyards

StarView Vineyards is a member of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, located between Orlandini Vineyard and Owl Creek Vineyards on the southeast portion of the trail outside of Cobden, IL. Inside the spacious, beautiful tasting room the gift shop is filled with adorable trinkets, StarView Vineyards memorabilia and locally produced goodies. The wine selection at StarView includes eleven vintages, and visitors are allotted five tastings for $1.00. A $2.00 refundable deposit is required on glasses (when guests purchase a glass of wine on location, a $2.00 fee is applied; if the guest chooses to return the glass, the $2.00 is refunded.)

Indoor seating is available inside StarView's newly remodeled art gallery/banquet room, where visitors are surrounded by the work of talented local artists. A large wrap-around deck provides additional seating, with a gorgeous view overlooking a Koi pond, vineyard and rolling Shawnee Hills. Undoubtedly one of the best views on the trail. Assorted cheeses, sausage and other gourmet items are available at StarView Vineyards for creating your own picnic. Visitors may also choose to order from the Café menu, found below, or bring a picnic basket from home. 

Enjoy free live music at StarView Vineyards from 2 - 6 p.m. on Saturdays--see our events calendar for details. Sangria is prepared year round at StarView and sold by the glass or pitcher. StarView Vineyards also offers assorted domestic bottled beer, including Kinkaid Wheat and Saluki Dunkel Dog brewed locally at Big Muddy Brewery in Murphysboro, IL. Shawnee Shuttle guests have been enamored with wine slushies available at StarView Vineyards during the summer months. The Vignoles and SuperNova are popular StarView vintages.
 

 

StarView Vineyards Wine Selection:
  • Chardonel - semi-dry white wine. StarView's Chardonel is un-oaked, accenting the flavorful Chardonel grapes.

  • Seyval - semi-dry white.

  • Traminette - semi-sweet white.

  • Red Star - sweet red.

  • BellaStar - semi-sweet rose. A simple, clean, picnic wine.

  • Silver Star - sweet white. StarView's signature blend, made mostly from Niagra grapes. Light bodied and crisp with refreshing tanginess.

  • Vignoles - semi-dry white. Made mostly from Vignoles grapes with an exceptional bouquet.

  • Norton - dry red.

  • Chambourcin - dry red.

  • SuperNova - dry red.

  • Concord - semi-sweet red.

  • Sangria - sweet blended wine drink

  • Wine Slushies - sweet frozen blended drink.
  • Now serving locally brewed beer from Big Muddy Brewery.
    Saluki Dunkel Dog and Kinkaid Wheat


    StarView Café Menu

    Salad
    • Chopped Lettuce Salad - Crisp Romaine lettuce, chopped and tossed with caramelized amonds and crunchies with a light paprika vinaigrette and topped with fresh shredded Parmesan cheese. Served with sliced French Bread.

    • Italian Pasta Salad - Rainbow twirls tossed with freshly chopped olives, tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese. Served chilled with sliced French bread.

      * Add grilled Chicken breast to either of the above for an additional $2.00.

    Breads
    • Asiago and Seasoned Oil - Fresh Panera Asiago is warmed and served with seasoned oil for dipping.

    • French and Spinach Artichoke - Fresh Panera French bread is warmed and served with hot creamy Spinach Artichoke dip that is topped with fresh shredded Parmesan Cheese.

    • French and Olive Tapenade - Fresh Panera French bread is warmed and served with freshly chopped olive tapenade that is made with green and black olives, pimentos, and seasoned to perfection.

    Entrees
    All sandwiches are served with potato chips and homemade coleslaw.

    • Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad - Chicken Salad is spiced up with a Lemon Pepper seasoning. Served with lettuce on a fresh buttery croissant.

    • Pulled Pork - Pulled pork from World Famous 17th Street BBQ is served hot on a bun.

    • Chipotle Turkey - Mesquite turkey with homemade chipotle dressing. Served with Pepper Jack cheese and lettuce on a fresh buttery croissant.

    • Honey Ham - Honey Ham with Honey Mustard. Served with Colby cheese and lettuce on a fresh buttery croissant.
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Wineries & Vineyards Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:38:51 +0000
The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/The-Bluffs-Vineyard-Winery.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Wineries-Vineyards/The-Bluffs-Vineyard-Winery.html The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery

The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery is a new establishment created in 2008, located off scenic Route 3 near Ava, IL. The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery is situated high atop Buttermilk Hill, with an impressive view overlooking the Mississippi floodplain dotted with giant rock outcroppings. The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery is locally owned and operated by Steve and Cheryl Ellis. Live musical performances are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season. See our events calendar for details.

The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery Wine Selection:

Selduton:  The Bluff's signature wine; a sweet white wine that offers a hint of pear and apple.

Concord:  Popular sweet red wine.

Niagara:  Semi-sweet white wine.

Riesling: A light-bodied white wine with pleasant peach, apricot and melon notes. Crisp and refreshing.

Buttermilk Hill Red:  A dry red blend of Cabernet Franc, Carbernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin grapes.

Buttermilk Hill White:  A dry white blend of Chardonnay, Chardonel, Seyval Blanc and Vingnoles grapes. Very nice flavor combinations.

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Wineries & Vineyards Fri, 07 May 2010 17:41:10 +0000
Von Jakob Vineyards http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Von-Jakob-Vineyards.html http://shawneeshuttle.com/Southern-Illinois-Attractions/Southern-Illinois-Wineries-Vineyards/Von-Jakob-Vineyards.html Von Jakob Vineyards

Von Jakob Vineyard owners Dr. Paul and Rhoda Jacobs welcome you to experience "Little Germany" here in southern Illinois. Von Jakob Vineyard has two locations, the original vineyard in Pomona, IL, and orchard location in Alto Pass, IL. The older vineyard location is smaller and more secluded, offering visitors a quiet, relaxed atmosphere amid the vines and pastures. The newer tasting room constructed along Highway 127 in Alto Pass is a larger, extremely popular venue, with free music and full lunch menu on the weekends. Free wine tastings include up to five wines from Von Jakob Vineyards' extensive selection of over twenty vintages. Von Jakob boasts a unique Honey Mead series of wines and the area's first Cabernet Sauvignon vintage. 

Enjoy gorgeous views from highest vineyard in southern Illinois off the deck at Von Jakob Vineyards in Alto Pass. Visitors will enjoy ample space to grab a seat or move about with a spacious deck, large tasting room and atrium with fireplace. A full lunch menu is available on weekends, with lighter fare available throughout the week. Von Jakob is famous for Grapevine-Smoked Barbecue. Most menu items are priced at $5.00, and have received excellent reviews from Shawnee Shuttle guests.

At the vineyard in Pomona the tasting room resembles a German cottage, surrounded by green pastures and rows of grapevines. The atmosphere here is queiter, barring the rare musical guest, and a more perfect place to unwind is hard to imagine. A large fireplace and enclosed porch area keep visitors warm during chilly months. Cheese and cracker trays available most weekends in season. The tasting room is generally run by veteran hostess, Dallas, who is sure to make you chuckle during your tasting and make you feel welcome with a big smile.

Visitors may now enjoy the Cottage Suites at Von Jakob Vineyard for overnight accommodations. Von Jakob Vineyards hosts private dinners on Friday evenings by reservation only. See Von Jakob for reservations and menus.

Von Jakob Vineyards Wine Selection:

Chardonel - A dry white wine aged in french oak barrels. Hints of citrus and cinnamon.

Cave Creek - A dry white wine aged in medium oak barrels made from Vidal Blanc grapes. Strong floral notes. 

Hillside White - A semi-dry white wine mad from Vidal Blanc grapes. Citrus and floral aromas.

Traminette Semi-Dry- A semi-dry white wine made from a cross of Gewürztraminer grapes with peach, pineapple and ginger notes.

Traminette Semi-Sweet - A semi-sweet white wine with the same qualities described above, only sweeter.

Little Grand Canyon Gold - A sweet white wine made from Vidal Blanc grapes. Floral notes.

Jonathan Apple - A sweet white wine made from southern Illinois-grown Jonathan apples. Crisp and juicy.

Late Harvest Vidal - A sweet white wine with refreshing apricot flavors.

Chateau Red - A dry red wine made from a blend of Foch, Chancellor and Chambourcin grapes. Spicy black cherry aroma with rich, smoky character.

American Chambourcin - A dry, medium-bodied red wine comparable to a Pinot Noir. Lightly oaked.

Chambourcin - A dry, oak-aged red wine with notes of blackberry, licorice and chocolate.

Cabernet Sauvignon - A dry, full-bodied red wine. The first Cabernet grown, produced and released by an Illinois vineyard.

Hillside Red - A semi-dry red wine made from Chambourcine grapes. Fruit aromas with a hint of oak.

Country Red - A semi-sweet red wine made from a blend of Foch, Chancellor and Chambourcin grapes. Black cherry aroma

Ridge Red - A sweet red wine bursting with the robust flavor of rip Concord grapes.

White Chambourcin - A semi-sweet blush wine with rose aromas and fruity flavors.

Kroshenfeler - A sweet medium-bodied blend of Chardonel and Concord grapes. Very fruity.

Honey Mead Series

Honey Blackberry - A sweet blend of rose honey mead and blackberry. Mild berry, fruity flavor.

Honey Blush - A sweet blend of honey mead and concord grapes. A Von Jakob classic.

Honey Peach - A semi-sweet blend of honey mead and peaches.

Honey Raspberry - A sweet blend of honey mead and raspberries.

White Oak Port - A sweet port wine made from a blend of 50% Chardonel grapes and 50% Vidal Blanc grapes. Illinois' first white port.

Red Oak Port - A sweet port wine made from Chambourcin grapes.

She's a Peach - A sweet dessert wine made from fresh peaches grown in Von Jakob's orchard.

Von Jakob Weekend Lunch Specials Menu

Garlic Rosemary Cheese Bread..............................................................................................$5.00
     A fresh baguette sprinkled with our seasonings, smoked provolone & mozzarella.
Antipasti.........................................................................................................................................$7.00
A selection of meats, cheeses, olives and other goodies served with a half baguette.
Cheese & Veggie Plate..............................................................................................................$5.00
A selection of specialty cheeses and seasonal vegetables.
Baguette & Dipping Sauce.......................................................................................................$5.00
French baguette served with choice fresh-herb olive-oil*, tomato sauce, butter.
*Available seasonally, chive oil may be substituted.
VJV Spring Salad........................................................................................................................$5.00
A mixture of fresh greens, tomatoes, cucumbers & onions. Served with bread & butter.

Entrées served with Fingerling potatoes and VJV spring salad with Von Jakob Red Oak Port Vinaigrette.

Italian Sausage............................................................................................................................$5.00
Italian Sausage served on a baguette topped with sauteed onions, peppers and Parmesan cheese served with a
side of Sicilian tomato sauce.
German Beef................................................................................................................................$5.00
Sliced grapevine-smoked brisket, served on a baguette.
Meatball Sandwich.....................................................................................................................$5.00
Meatballs served on a baguette topped with Sicilian tomato sauce, grilled onions and peppers.
Grapevine-Smoked BBQ..........................................................................................................$5.00
Grapevine-smoked beef brisket with tangy homemade sauce and a little heat, served on a toasted baguette.
Toasted Ravioli...........................................................................................................................$5.00
Lightly toasted breaded three cheese stuffed ravioli with homemade Sicilian-style tomato sauce &
topped with grated Parmesan cheese.
Chicken Strips............................................................................................................................$5.00
Freshly prepared chicken breats lightly breaded with special seasoning. Served with ranch, honey mustard or tomato sauce.
Panini............................................................................................................................................$5.00
1 Marinated mushroom, diced tomato, peppers & asiago cheese.
2 Diced chicken with peperonata (open-faced with sauteed onions, peppers, capers & olives.)
3 Italian sausage with peperonata (open-faced with sauteed onions, peppers, capers & olives.)
4 Meatball with peperonata (open-faced with sauteed onions, peppers, capers & olives.)
5 Antipasti (a selection of meats, cheeses, marinated mushrooms & basil pesto sauce.)

These entrées served with Braised Balsamic Cabbage.

Bratwurst.......................................................................................................................................$5.00
Traditional German Bratwurst served on a bun.
Spinach Asiago Sausage..........................................................................................................$5.00
Sausage made with Spinach, Asiago cheese and a blend of herbs and spices.
Mozzarella & Roasted Garlic Sausage...................................................................................$5.00
Sausage made with mozzarella, roasted garlic, artichokes and seasonings.
Smoked Pork Short Ribs & Braised Balsamic Cabbage...................................................$7.00
Ribs smoked 4 hours, seasoned with rosemary garlic rub.
Chicken & Apple Sausage.........................................................................................................$5.00
Smoked chicken, apples, brown sugar & honey with a blend of herbs and spices.

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Walker's Bluff is a beautiful winery located in Carterville, IL. Walker's Bluff is the home of Legends Restaurant.

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