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.
I visited Pomona while on vacation to witness the great eclipse of 2017 in Carbondale Illinois. This was our first stop on a wine trail, the staff welcomed us and instantly made us feel at home. The detail they went into of their delicious wine was nothing the other wineries did. They have a incredible selection of wines to try and purchase. The location is surounded by these great big trees that made me think and feel as if I was back home in NH. I wish they were in NH, I would never leave if I lived close!! To the Pomona staff; you made a really hot muggy day feel like a cool day in the mountains. Thank you for making myself an friends feel so welcomed and for going above and beyond for any question we had!
This winery was our first stop during a day of exploring the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, and it ended up being one of our favorites. The staff providing the tastings were by far the most helpful and informative out of everywhere we went. The tasting was a great deal- $5 for 9 wines! We loved the unique nature of this winery and thought many of their apple wines were delicious. We decided to buy a bottle of their spiced apple dessert wine and can't wait to open it at Christmas for a lovely breakfast treat (as recommended by one of the staff members)!
I don't make it to southern Illinois often, but Pomona is a must stop whenever I'm in the area. The wines are amazing. The oak aged Jonathan is my personal favorite. They don't sell food, but you can bring your own. They have a lovely deck in the trees.
Easily our favorite winery on the wine trail. They have exceptional non-grape wines. I'd say they all run a tad sweet so if you're looking for a truly dry fruit wine you may be slightly disappointed. However, we find all of the wines on the list to be delicious. For most, your experience will not be at all disappointing! The staff are very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and welcoming. We have been back many times, and it's always a treat.
George was so wonderful... Very lovely wine!