Jo Daviess County and Galena Wineries - Have a Vine Time!

By Corey A. Edwards

Jo Daviess County and Galena WineriesSpring is upon us and what better way to celebrate this wonderful, warming season than a tasting tour of the Jo Daviess County and Galena Wineries?

Jo Daviess County and Galena are home to some of the finest, award-winning wineries and vineyards in Illinois. Indulge your senses with a visit to one or all of the wineries on our list. Stop in for a tasting, a tour, and learn about the art of wine making.

Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery
4595 Speer Rd., Hanover, IL 61041
Rosario Bruno has been making wine 40 years. His vineyard features 8 different grape varieties, most of which are French hybrids specially suited to Illinois growing conditions. Fergedaboudit Winery specializes in dry, red, bold wines.

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery
4746 N. Ford Rd., Galena, IL 61036
Twice honored with “Winemaker of the Year” awards from the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, (2002 and 2008), Christine Lawlor-White and her family have a passion for wines, backed up by her degree in enology and viticulture. Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery produces more than 40 wine varieties and 60,000 gallons of wine annually.

Massbach Ridge Winery
8837 S. Massbach Rd., Elizabeth, IL 61028
Peggy & Greg Harmston sprang from cultivating roots so, upon settling in the rolling hills of Massbach, they began crafting their vineyard and wines. Since 2003 they have offered a diverse selection of estate-grown Illinois wine you’re sure to fall in love with.

Rocky Waters Vineyard/Winery
2003 W. Hanover Rd., Hanover, IL 61041
The Spahn’s started their first vine nursery with 3,600 grape cuttings on 112 acres of land in 1996. With a wine growing education that has roots in both Wisconsin and the Napa Valley, they were soon producing grapes for local wineries. Today they produce their own wines as well with red varietals and white varietals.

Jo Daviess County/Galena Wineries are worth your attention and have numerous annual events, including their Wine Lovers Weekend and the Nouveau Wine Festival. Stay at our beautiful, Galena bed and breakfast for your wine weekend getaway and we can help you plan your wine tour!

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