Anders & Gerd Hedman
Ander's and Gerd Hedman moved to southern Illinois from Stockholm, Sweden twenty two 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, Hedman Winery began as a small cafe` where guests could enjoy fresh peaches from their orchard and delicious Swedish cuisine cooked by Anders and Gerd. After a little push from customers that wanted to enjoy wines with their meal and the Hedman's love for fine wines, Hedman Winery opened its doors in 2005.
Anders and Gerd have been married for 42 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. They have a love for family, friends, adventure, cooking and the great outdoors. FUN FACT: Both are sailors and have sailed in Sweden's Nordic Championship.
Come on out to Hedman Winery & Vineyard where you will enjoy award-winning, Illinois wines, savory Swedish cuisine and an atmosphere unlike anything else.
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. Doing much of the work ourselves and beginning in the late 90's, we opened our doors to the public in 2005.
We house our winery and café in the renovated barn that was originally built in the 1940’s. 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 and even now you are viewing our website at PeachBarn.com.
During your visit to the Peach Barn Cafe` 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.
We hope you will take a moment during your southern Illinois travels to:
kom och besök oss or "Come Visit with Us"