Shawnee Hills Wine Trail offers Winter Passport program to boost tourism

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Some southern Illinois wineries are working together to provide a unique pairing experience for the winter months.

All 11 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have developed a unique wine pairing experience with special offers throughout January and February this year.

The effort is to boost tourism at the wineries, area businesses and lodging.

According to a release from the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, the $20 Winter Passport Program will include discounts on wine, merchandise, food and more at all locations.

Here are some of the deals and experiences the Winter Passport Program offers:

  • Free Wine & Small Bites Tasting Flight at Blue Sky Vineyard
  • Free Wine & Chocolate Pairing & 10 percent off featured wines at Kite Hill Vineyard
  • Free Hayley’s Corker with a $15 or more purchase at Hickory Ridge Vineyard

The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Executive Director Brandy Nance spoke about the passport and how it benefits southern Illinois residents.

“Passports are an especially great value for regional, southern Illinois and surrounding residents that can readily visit the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail more than once during our winter season,” Nance said. “This enables them to explore our member wineries across multiple weeks.”

For more information on the Winter Passport Program, visit the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail website.