Local Wineries in Lake County

10 years ago, my husband and I celebrated our newly-wedding bliss with a Honeymoon to Napa Valley California. For days we drove up and down the scenic mountainous landscape lined with thousands of acres of grape vines. We enjoyed world class wines in buildings that were architectural marvels. It was heaven for sure.

Fast forward 10 years and 2 kids later, and we still enjoy a good glass of wine. While we can hit up any local grocery or liquor store for a bottle, there is nothing quite like swishing a little taste in your mouth with list and pencil in hand.

Lake County WineriesLuckily Lake County has a few fun and fabulous options for wine tasting with your partner on date night or with your girlfriends. Sans kids.

Glunz Winery, Grayslake, IL Glunz Winery Grayslake

The Glunz Family has been in the wine business for 3 generations. In their tasting room, for no cost, you can sample any number of their wines, most stemming from grapes in California. They have the widest variety of wines from Sangria to Chardonnay to deep reds and even my favorite, port. Free tastings are also available during the Grayslake Farmers Market.  Tasting Room is open Tues. -Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sun 12:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.

Editor’s Note: During the winter don’t miss out on Loralie’s favorite, the glog!

Valentino Vineyards, Long Grove, ILValentino Winery Long GroveFamily owned, this winery started as a dream from a real estate developer in 1995, who kept a little land for himself and started his own vineyard and eventually the winery. Some wines are estate grown and some are shipped in from out west. There is a fee to taste the wines. You can often find them on Groupon for a tasting a tour deal.  Tasting Room Open May through December  Fri. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  and Sun. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Vingeto bel Bino, Antioch, ILVignero del bino

The newest of all Lake County wineries, its family owned with most wines being derived from local varietals grown on their 10 acres in rural Antioch. They also sell unique handmade goodies from local artisans. Tasting is free if you purchase a bottle, otherwise there is a small fee.  Tasting room hours are Thurs. & Sun. 12:00 -5:00 p.m. and Fri.- Sat. 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Broken Earth Winery, Long Grove, IL  broken Earth winery long grove

Located in the heart of downtown Long Grove, this tasting room features wines grown from their own estate in Paso Robles, California. They also sell craft beers, have video gaming and often feature live music in their modern tasting room. Hours are Tue. – Thu. 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Coopers Hawk Winery, South Barrington and Wheeling, IL  Cooopers Hawk Winery

Cooper’s Hawk has multiple locations throughout the country with tasting room, restaurant and store. Tasting hours are: Mon. – Thurs. 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m  Fri. & Sat.: 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Sun.: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

There are lots of great options within driving distance of Lake County in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Please check out the Illinois Winery and Wisconsin Winery websites for more information.

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About Jenna Burris 40 Articles
Jenna is an active wife and mom of 2 game changers (Benjamin 5 years and Jillian 2 years). A professional Counselor by trade, Antioch resident and native Cheesehead, this mindful momma is laid back and up for any mess or adventure, doing her best to live in the moment. When not tuning out or taming tantrums she’s running, cooking, reading, creating music, or shopping local.

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  1. You have Coopershawk which is in Cook County but not the Lynfred store @ 971 North Milwaukee Wheeling, IL which is in Lake County.

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