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“Total Package Vineyard close to town”

Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard
Ranked #2 of 34 Shopping in Galena
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Owner description: Join us and enjoy our award-winning wines. Visit our gift shop at 515 South Main Street Galena IL, 61036. Vineyard now open for tours & wine tastings at 4746 North Ford Rd. Galena, IL 61036.
Wilmette, Illinois
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226 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Total Package Vineyard close to town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

About 14 minute drive from Galena, very picturesque. Quick tours available includes 2 glasses of wine. Great place to sit a good while sipping. Wedding facilities look awesome. Valley Views grand. Our guide was new and weak, but get a good guide and you enjoy the experience.

Visited October 2013
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“Very friendly winery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

This review relates to the actual winery at 4746 N Ford Rd (and not to the retail outlet in the center of Galena). It's not difficult to find, even when approaching from the Northeast (Scales Mound) and is beautiful situated on the Northern slope with views across. I went on a sunny late September day and joined the "tour" which had just started: in truth this was just one of the senior employees sitting having a leisurely drink with two others who had also turned up for a visit. After a while we went and looked at the vines that hadn't yet been harvested; into the production area; met the owner's daughter; saw the bottling line; sampled a couple of extra wines not included in the official tour ticket; and generally had a pleasant hour or so. The wines themselves are perhaps a little expensive for the quality; you are paying something of a rarity value for well-made Illinois wine, some using local grape varieties. Still, it's highly recommended for wine lovers, especially for Europeans who rarely see North American wines other than mass produced Californian ones.

One warning: if you're planning to drive afterwards, please think carefully about how to visit, as they are hospitable to a fault, and welcome the opportunity to talk about wine with visitors - more like meeting a friend than a commercial tour.

Visited September 2013
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Lansing, Michigan
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“Wine lover”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Galena Cellars has some of the best reds and fantastic Chardonnay for a Midwest winery that you would not expect. Some of their reds can be pricey. Each time we drive thru on our way to Iowa, we stop and get a case each of their table red and white. Good wine, good value.

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Yum Wine!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

A great little winery with lovely friendly people and a beautiful setting to boot! We will definitely make a stop here the next time we come to Galena as it was a great place to visit and had lovely wine. You get 2 free samples when you tour and the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and made the experience enjoyable.

Visited September 2013
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Illinois
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159 reviews
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“Wine an art festival”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We went to Galena Cellars vineyard the last weekend in September to meet with friends and enjoy the wine and art festival. The weather was rainy, but the atmosphere was fun and friendly. The artists had a nice variety of art. The grape stomp was fun ....to watch. We enjoyed sharing wine with our friends on their covered comfortable porch. We found their tasting pours to be reasonably generous which was profitable for them as we found and purchased several bottles for a variety of our guests tastes. We are looking forward to reminiscing on this day in the months to come as we open each bottle to share.

Visited September 2013
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