This blog was originally published in 2015; we have since updated it to reflect the most current and accurate information.
The city of Chicago is associated with many things: great food, jazz, shopping, and sports, to name a few.
One thing you might not know about the Windy City, however, is that it sits near a slew of great vineyards and wineries. In fact, it produces some of the best wine in the country!
Why not switch up your summer plans and head out on a wine tour of the Chicagoland Loop?
Plan your Chicago wine tour with OML Worldwide and head out to any of these great wineries:
Glunz Family Cellar and Winery
888 East Belvedere Road, Grayslake, IL
With family history dating all the way back to the 1870s, the Glunz Family Cellar and Winery is a must-see during your tour.
The winery’s current location was opened in 1992 and continues to be a high point on the Chicagoland Loop of wineries.
During your visit, you can see the 20-acre vineyard and sample some of the Glunz Family’s finest wines.
Some of our favorite varietals?
+ 2013 Reserved Zinfandel
+ Mission Angelica
+ De La Costa Red Sangria
+ 10-Year Tawny Port
15 South Roselle Road, Roselle, IL
When you first arrive at the Lynfred property, you’ll spot the vine-covered tasting room with its large open porch.
Here, you and your friends can enjoy samples of some of the Winery’s best products. Many of Lynfred’s varietals are award winners!
Wine tastings are $9 per person and there are up to 10 wines to choose from.
Once you’ve completed your tasting, you can make your purchases in the store. Here are a few recommendations before you visit:
+ 2010 Merlot
+ 2011 Sangiovese
+ 2009 Cabernet Syrah
Valentino Vineyards and Winery
5175 Aptakisic Road, Long Grove, IL
Established in 1995 and (opened to the public in 2001), Valentino is considered one of the premier wineries on the Chicagoland Loop.
Visitors have access to a beautiful tasting room, where you can sample 5 of Valentino’s best wines for just $12 per person.
You can also attend a wine tasting seminar for $29 per person, or take a tour of the vineyard for $15 per person.
Whatever your interests, Valentino has an experience for you. Here are a few notable wines to consider when you visit:
+ Pinot Grigio
+ Signature Red Wine ‘08
+ Red Port
Vigneto del Bino Vineyard and Winery
42150 North Crawford Road, Antioch, IL
This beautiful 10-acre property in Antioch is home to 2,300 grape vines. These vines are used to create exquisite varietals for year-round drinking.
Their tasting room and gift shop provide visitors with the opportunity to sample some of the vineyard’s finest selections.
For $5.00, you can sample 4 different wines; for $7, you can sample six different wines.
After you’ve completed your tasting, you can peruse the shelves in the gift shop to purchase your favorites. Here are a few of ours to give you inspiration:
+ Rachel’s Red Frontenac
+ Summer Shandy
Choosing the Right Transportation for Your Chicago Wine Tour
On any occasion where alcohol is involved, it’s important to plan for reliable transportation for each leg of your trip. When you have a chauffeured vehicle booked, everyone in your group can enjoy the tastings freely, without worrying about driving home afterwards.
Booking your wine tour with a reliable Chicago car service, for instance, can offer a ton of improvements to your experience:
+ A trustworthy, professional chauffeur to get everyone from place to place, and back home, safe and sound
+ A late-model, luxury vehicle to enjoy during the ride. OML Worldwide has vehicles that seat up to 21 passengers and feature flat-screen televisions and bar areas.
+ Outstanding customer service and a reliable team standing by, to ensure that you and your group has the best experience possible.
With a great transportation company and a luxury vehicle on hand, your Chicago wine tour can become one of your best memories of the summer. Contact OML Worldwide today and find the perfect vehicle for you and your group.
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