Explore Shawnee Forest Country!
Welcome to the Peach Barn Winery & Cafe, located in the scenic fruit and wine country among the rolling hills of southern Illinois, in the small town of Alto Pass. We are 16 miles south of Carbondale within the Shawnee National Forest.
Many different activities are available while you visit—antiquing, walking the trails in the Shawnee National Forest, eating sun-ripened peaches just picked from our orchard, visiting downtown Alto Pass, or sitting on the deck, sipping a glass of wine while watching the humming birds and barnswallows.
Browse through our Scandinavian gift shop while tasting our estate wines from grapes grown in our vineyard. Dine at our Peach Barn Café, open Wednesday - Sunday, and savor authentic Swedish cuisine.
Ander's and Gerd Hedman moved to southern Illinois from Stockholm, Sweden 22 years ago for what was supposed to be a one-year adventure. After falling in love with the area, both agreed to stay and spread their wings from their day-to-day physical therapist (Gerd) and construction (Anders) jobs and bought a peach farm in Alto Pass, Illinois. Both being avid wine drinkers, adding a vineyard seemed to be a natural expansion of their farm.
Always great hosts, The Peach Barn Cafe began as a small café where guests could enjoy fresh peaches from their orchard and delicious Swedish cuisine cooked by Anders and Gerd. After a little push from customers who wanted to enjoy wines with their meal and the Hedman's love for fine wines, the Winery opened its doors in 2005.
We house our winery and café in the renovated barn that was originally built in the 1940s. Back in those days the property and the barn were used to harvest peaches from these lands. Staying true to our local roots, we refer to our café as The Peach Barn Café.
Despite the age of this unique barn, built in 1945, we realized that there is a special charm and classic structure that should be cherished. Being handy with a hammer, we both sought to restore and preserve this historic barn. Beginning in the late '90s and doing much of the work ourselves, we opened our doors to the public in 2005.
During your visit to the Peach Barn Café, please notice our many unique Scandinavian touches throughout the building. From traditional "kurbits" (designs) painted on overhead beams to the enticing aromas of Swedish cuisine and a gift shop featuring one-of-a-kind, authentic items from Sweden, we are proud to display a bit of our Swedish heritage right here in beautiful southern Illinois.
Cover image source: Hedman Vineyards