Northern Illinois has been part of the rapid increase in small vineyards. The fertile soil and weather profile are perfect for a number of wine grapes, but even better, the warm hospitality of our region will make any winery visit a pleasant part of your getaway.

Great Wineries

Each of these listed wineries is within a short drive of your Carroll County lodging.


Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery

We have created a vineyard & winery that express the unique qualities of this climate, this landscape and this culture. We add to that the distinct care and dedication of our staff and the devotion we give to growing grapes and making wine. Fifteen wines, including full bodied reds, refreshing whites, luscious fruit wines and sweet dessert wines. Sweet & Savory Plate of local cheeses, sausage, crackers, and fruits is available every day.

November 1 to Memorial Day
  • Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 to 6:00
  • Sunday 12:00 to 5:00
Memorial Day to November 1
  • Open Every Day 11:00 to 6:00

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery Website


Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery

46 acre vineyard offering a wide variety of excellent wines. Closed during the winter months.

Fergedaboudit Vineyard and Winery


Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery

Forty varieties of wine (including a number of international award winners) made by a winner of the Illinois Winemaker of the Year. Galena Cellars also offers a downtown Galena tasting room (at 515 S. Main St.) with a wine patio. The vineyard, just off the Stagecoach Trail, offers regularly scheduled tours and will schedule personal tours with a reservation. See website for tour details and hours.

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery Website


Massbach Ridge Winery

Over a dozen fine wines grown from French and American hybrid varieties that love the Northern Illinois climate. Vineyard tours available, additional tasting room at 117 N. Main St. in Galena. See website for tour details.

Massbach Ridge Winery Website


Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery

Fourteen wine varieties, many the winners of multiple awards. Event facilities available for rental on the 112 acre vineyard grounds.

Rocky Waters Vineyard and Winery Website

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