Making Dreams Reality
We are Scott and Jenny Schroeder, the new owners of Peachbarn Winery & Café. We have been enjoying the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and surrounding region for 20 years. Having already fallen in love with the trail, it’s wines and overall experience of each visit to southern Illinois, the dream of owning our own vineyard and winery in the area has finally become reality.
Anders and Gerd Hedman have created a great tradition of wine, food, friends and fun and we look forward to continuing with their passion for quality and creating memorable experiences for each guest. We realize that we have big shoes to fill but are looking forward to the challenges and the excitement of our new venture.
With the change of ownership, we want to assure you that we are looking forward to maintaining the Hedman’s legacy while working hard to creating one of our own. Although we have plans to grow and develop our own traditions, the best pieces of Hedman Vineyards will remain in place. The largest and most immediate change is that Hedman Vineyards will now be known as the Peachbarn Winery & Café.
We hope to live up to the outstanding reputation that we have watched the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and the Hedmans establish over the years. We look forward to being a part of the region that we have loved and admired for many years.
Cheers to New Adventures!
Scott & Jenny Schroeder
Despite the age of this unique barn, built in 1945, original owners, Gerd & Anders Hedman realized that there is a special charm and classic structure that should be cherished. Being handy with a hammer, Anders sought to restore and preserve this historic barn. Doing much of the work themselves, Anders and Gerd opened the doors of Hedman Vineyards to the public in 2005.
The winery and café is housed within 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 the region. Staying true to local roots, the café was referred to as The Peach Barn Café. This historic barn is just one of many reasons we fell in love with the property during our many visits to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.
During your visit to the Peach Barn Cafe` please notice the unique Scandinavian touches throughout the building. From traditional kurbits (designs) painted on overhead beams to the enticing aromas of Swedish-inspired cuisine and a gift shop featuring one-of-a-kind, authentic items from Sweden, we are proud to display a bit of the original owners Swedish heritage right here in beautiful southern Illinois while looking forward to to building and creating our own legacy as the years pass.