Must Do: The Peach Barn Vineyard and Winery

Built back in 1945, the Peach Barn’s primary purpose was to harvest peaches from the surrounding area. Taken over in the late 90s by Scandinavian couple Anders and Gerd Hedman, the barn was renovated into a winery, Swedish café and a gift shop featuring Swedish items to the natives of Southern Illinois. The barn was renovated by the couple themselves and features classic Swedish design like traditional kurbits painted on the wall.

Their wines consist of a variety of European and Swedish notes while incorporating the flavors of Southernmost Illinois. From their white wines, the standout is their Peach Dessert Wine that is made from local peaches and contains a subtle hint of vanilla, rum, and chocolate. For red wine enthusiasts, the Norton selection, a 2-year aged oak barrel deep red, is worth every penny. And for adventurers, we highly recommend the Swedish Glögg, the warm red wine.

In the café, you can try Swedish delicacies all of which sound appealing and smell amazing. The traditional sample of pickled herring, boiled eggs, creamed caviar, sour cream, meatballs, and lingonberries was beyond words. It was simply divine and had all the tastes of what is expected of Swedish food. For dinner, the wiener schnitzel is also everything you imaged Swedish cuisine to be. Our other guests got Fish Au Gratin which was surprisingly delicious as pairing fish and cheese is usually not done in restaurants.

After being gluttonous head over to the gift shop where you can find handcrafted traditional Swedish gifts such as wooden toys, teapots and vessels, glassware, chocolate and so much more.

For more information about The Peach Barn visit their website: http://www.peachbarn.com/

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