Breweries, Wineries & Vineyards
The Tastings of Northern Illinois
Visit any one of the area’s several breweries, wineries, and vineyards. Taste away, and while you're at it, enjoy your sampling with a taste of the region’s award-winning cheeses. Many of our farmers are happy to open their farms to you and take you on a personalized farm tour.
Portions of Northern Illinois is part of the largest viti-culture region in America, The Upper Mississippi River Valley Wine Region, which was established by US Government in 2009 and includes the Driftless regions of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Plan to visit all of the wineries and breweries in Northern Illinois while on your weekend getaway. You can tour the Northern Illinois Wine Trail in whole or by loop, you'll taste several local varietals at the wineries or at tasting rooms along the way. Many of the wineries host regional musicians on weekends during the year.
Northern Illinois has a storied history of growing some of the world's most sought after hops. These premiere hops are a key ingredient in producing the great microbrews from Northern Illinois. Here is our list of microbreweries and the great towns they originate from:
Galena Brewery - Galena, IL
Located in the heart of downtown Galena, this one-of-a-kind microbrewery and restaurant offers at least 6 varieties on tap along with superb local cuisine. Learn more at GalenaBrewery.com.
Beginning in downtown Chicacgo and headed west, the Northern Illinois Wine Trail is one of America's top notch wine trails. No more than one to two hours northwest of Chicagoland, the Northern Illinois Wine Trail features over 30 wineries, vineyards and breweries set among beautiful countryside and charming towns. Offering award-winning wines, gourmet-style food and handcrafted gifts, the Northerhn Illinois Wine Trail makes for the perfect escape from the every day hustle and bustle for a quaint and bucolic culinary and sensory experience. Plan your day, weekend, or vacation getaway along the Northern Illinois Wine Trail by clicking here.
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Amelia's Galena Tours
Looking for the premier wine tour company in Northwest Illinois? Look no further than Amelia's Galena Tours. Whether you are intersted in tasting, touring, shopping or exploring the wineries of Galena and Northwest Illinois. You will be transported through the picturesque countryside of Jo Daviess County and the Driftless Region in first-class comfort. Along the way, you will be able to relax as their professional drivers guide you through America’s largest wine region, the Upper Mississippi Valley Viticultural Region. Learn more at: Ameliastours.com