Pomona Winery

2865 Hickory Ridge Rd Pomona

Southernmost Illinois
Written By Southernmost Illinois

Explore Shawnee Forest Country!

Enjoy a beautiful drive through the Shawnee National Forest, taste exceptional fruit wines, and savor the wooded setting from our covered decks or the garden picnic area. We look forward to welcoming you to our winery on your next trip to Southern Illinois' Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

Specializing in wines made from locally grown fruits other than grapes, we offer seven table wines and three fortified dessert wines, each of which has received multiple awards and honors in regional, national, and international judgings. We received three gold, four silver and one bronze award from the Indy International Wine Competition in 2018. In 2017 and 2016, we were awarded the Illinois Governor's Cup, the state's highest honor for winemaking, for our Strawberry Dessert Wine.

History of the Winery

After making wines for over a decade, we broke ground for the Pomona Winery in 1989, opening as a licensed winery in 1991. At that time, we were the second winery in the area and the sixth in the state.

We released our first two apple wines in 1993, and we opened our first tasting room (in our cellar) in 1995. In 1995 we also teamed up with Alto Vineyards, Owl Creek Vineyards and the Carbondale and Southernmost Illinois Tourism bureaus to create the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. In the fall of 2004 we expanded into our current tasting room.

We have been making wine for over 25 years, and we think you will enjoy the variety and quality of these exceptional non grape wines.

TASTING ROOM HOURS: April 1 through Dec 31: Mon - Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 Jan 1 through Mar 31: Fri - Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5

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