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The Best Galena Wine Tours to Take in 2023

Galena is nothing short of amazing, particularly when you stay at a place as lovely as our Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL. If you’re looking for great adventures in Galena and beyond this summer, consider taking one of the fun Galena wine tours to local wineries and vineyards. Rosé may be the official wine of Illinois, but you’ll find far more than a chilled (and yummy) glass of rosé on these Galena wine tours! 

Galena wineries and vineyards belong to the Upper Mississippi Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), encompassing wine-growing regions in Illinois, northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and southwest Wisconsin. It’s a little-known fact that this is the country’s largest AVA and covers an area 50 times the size of France’s Bordeaux region.

Moreover, Illinois is one of the fastest-growing wine producers in the country, with the number of wineries doubling over the last 30 years. There are over 100 wineries in Illinois, including several in the Galena area. It’s an exciting time to go wine tasting in Illinois, and these Galena wine tours are the best way to do that. 

With summer quickly approaching, there’s never been a better time to book your room at our top-rated Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL. Fun adventures like these wine tours are just the beginning of what you can expect to enjoy during your time with us. We’re getting pretty full for summer, so book your room at our #1-rated Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL, today! 

Diverse group of friends enjoying wine during one of the Galena wine tours

The Best Galena Wine Tours to Take in 2023

Though you can easily walk from our Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL, to the tasting rooms for Massbach Ridge Winery and Galena Cellars in downtown Galena, there’s something special about heading out of town and into the vineyards themselves. That’s precisely what you’ll be able to do on Galena wine tours. 

Two leading companies offer Galena wine tours: Countryside Tours and Galena Wine Tours Inc. We’ve heard great feedback from guests about both tour companies, so it’s hard to go wrong. On average, you can expect these Galena wine tours to last around four hours and to visit up to three area wineries.

Of course, if you’d rather take a more leisurely approach to your time in Galena’s wine country, you can also try your own self-guided wine tour! These are five fantastic Galena wineries within 30 minutes of our Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL. 

  1. Galena Cellars Winery and Vineyards not only has a wine tasting room in downtown Galena, but they offer a beautiful vineyard location as well. Their vineyard is just a quick ten-minute drive from our Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL, and offers a charming red barn and rolling green lawns and vineyards to enjoy while you sip on a glass of their award-winning wine. 
  2. Massbach Ridge Winery is the other local winery with a tasting room presence in downtown Galena. Their vineyard location is about 35 minutes away from our Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL. Either location is a great place to taste their flight of cold-weather, hearty varietals.
  3. Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery is a boutique winery nestled in the countryside of Jo Daviess County. Their vineyard dedicates 25 acres to the cold-weather varietals that thrive in the Upper Mississippi Valley AVA, and their tasting room is an exquisite place to enjoy them. From here, you’ll enjoy lovely views of the surrounding bluffs.
    1. Bring your sense of humor and your appetite to Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery. They offer a great wine tasting experience about 25 minutes outside of downtown Galena, and also offer a variety of small plates, cheese boards, and chocolate truffles to enjoy alongside their wines.
    2. Stone Cliff Winery is located just north of Dubuque in the historic Star Brewery building. This winery offers both indoor and outdoor seating, flights of their Illinois-grown wine, and light lunch fare.

Apart from being fun on their own, these Galena wine tours are also a delightful way to celebrate special occasions. From bachelorette parties to birthdays and anniversary celebrations, you can customize a wine-tasting tour with both of the companies featured above.

After your Galena wine tours enjoy Happy Hour with us at our Bed and Breakfast in Galena IL

What Makes Us the Best Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL

Over the years, Jail Hill Inn has been awarded as a top Bed and Breakfast in the country and the world, and we continue to earn only five-star reviews from guests who stay with us. Part of what makes us the best Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL, is our continued commitment to the guest experience and excellence in everything we do. 

If you’re looking for a high-value return and plenty of life’s littlest but most indulgent luxuries during your next Galena getaway, our top-rated Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL, will be your perfect home away from home. In particular, after a delicious day in the countryside on one of these Galena wine tours, return to Jail Hill for a relaxed and delicious happy hour in the cozy comfort of your private suite – or our beautiful outdoor decks and patios. 

Each afternoon, we bring a delicious selection of house-made appetizers, freshly baked cookies, fruit, and other yummy treats to your room, along with your daily selection of wine. This tray is a veritable feast that can be enjoyed at the time of delivery or whenever best suits your schedule. This is just one of the many great amenities that make Jail Hill Inn the best Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL. 

Moreover, we offer only six spacious guest suites, each uniquely decorated and outfitted with a broad range of luxurious amenities. From our silky comphy-brand sheets to the custom Frette robes and jetted tubs in our bathrooms, you’ll want for nothing during your stay. We’re also the closest Galena lodging to downtown Galena – offering our guests the perfect walkable location to enjoy everything this fantastic town offers. 

Take the time to take one of the amazing Galena wine tours this summer – but don’t forget to leave yourself plenty of time to relax and unwind in luxury at our Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL, too. Book your room today! 

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