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Where it all begins.

A fine wine begins in the vineyard.  Shawnee Hills Wine-Grape Association members are committed to doing everything they can to create a healthy vineyard which ultimately increases the quality of the wines produced from their harvest.


The attention our grape growers commit to every row, vine and grape cluster in their vineyard results in the purest expression of terroir.  The next time you find an AVA wine that you enjoy, we ask that you remember the time, effort and attention that was employed in the vineyard to create the best quality fruit possible.

Member Vineyards

Cunningham Vineyard - Marshall McNealy

10 acres Chambourcin - Bulk Wine Also Available

For Fruit Inquiries Contact:  Marshall McNealy -

Blackjack Vineyard - Ed & Carol Dirks

Norton, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc

For Fruit Inquiries Contact:  Ed Dirks -

Ted Wichmann Grape Grower of the Year Award Winners

2008 - McNitt Vineyard

2009 - LaFoon Vineyard

2010 - Kite Hill Vineyard

2011 - Orlandini Vineyard

2012 - Dry Hill Vineyard

2013 - Lick Creek Vineyard

2014 - Blue Sky Vineyard

2015 - Cunningham Vineyard

2016 - StarView Vineyards

2017 - Alto Vineyards

2018 - BlackJack Vineyards


Ted Wichmann Grape Grower of the Year Award

For an AVA to be defined as a quality designation, the industry is dependent on quality grapes and wine and we know that it takes time, energy and commitment to grow quality grapes which, in turn, make quality wine.


It is our belief that the grape growers and vineyards are at the heart of this association.  In an effort to reward our member growers for their commitment to promote and maintain the best vineyard practices we have developed criteria for the Ted Wichmann Grape Grower of the Year Award which is awarded annually at our conference.


The goal of this award is to be objective and reward vineyards that are growing quality grapes within the Shawnee Hills American Viticultural Area.



Other AVA Vineyards

Red Cedar Vineyard

Murphysboro, IL 62966

Wayside Ridge Vineyard









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If you do not see your vineyard listed or if you would like to become a member of the Shawnee Hills Wine-Grape Association, please contact us at:








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