Spring weather is always a welcome change of pace for Chicagoans. After spending the winter trapped inside, spring is finally here and with it, warmer temperatures, sunshine and more time spent outdoors.
For those of you eager to plan a spring kickoff event in Chicago, we recommend planning a Chicago area wine tour with you and your friends. March is the time many of the area’s wineries that close for the winter are finally reopening their tasting rooms.
OML Worldwide in Chicago is proud to provide luxury transportation for wine tour groups of all sizes, allowing you to relax, enjoy time with your friends and not have to worry about getting home on your own.
To help you start planning your spring wine tour, we’re sharing a list of some of the best vineyards and wineries in Chicagoland.
42150 N Crawford Road, Antioch, IL 60002
This charming vineyard and winery is in Antioch, just over an hour north of Chicago. Vigneto del Bino has everything you could want for your wine tour: a scenic, bucolic location surrounded by natural beauty, a tasting room where you can sample some of the winery’s finest wines and a gift shop where you can purchase your favorites from the day.
Vigneto del Bino’s tasting room will reopen for regular hours in mid-March.
5175 Aptakisic Road, Long Grove, IL 60047
This 20-acre estate in Long Grove produces 20 different types of wine from its 25 grape varieties, giving you and your group a chance to sample a range of tastes during your visit. Your trip to their tasting room gives you the opportunity to enjoy a tasting with five of their wines, and you can also take part in their wine seminar while you’re there. Take a tour of the vineyard for a small fee, if that’s more your style, or add a cheese plate to your tasting menu to make a little picnic out of your visit.
Valentino Vineyards & Winery’s tasting room is open May through December on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
15 S Roselle Road, Roselle, IL 60172
Lynfred Winery has locations across the region, and its closest is located in beautiful Roselle, where the expanse of vineyards and beautiful landscaping will take your breath away. Once inside the tasting room, you can opt for an $11 tasting or attend a VIP wine and cheese tasting. Lynfred also offers a variety of classes and events, including wine and food tastings, cooking classes and paint nights.
Lynfred Winery’s Roselle tasting room is opening daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
5600 U.S. Route 34, Oswego, IL 60543
Just over an hour southwest of Chicago, Fox Valley Winery specializes in small-batch, handcrafted wines that have won multiple awards over the years. Head to their tasting room to experience some of the wines they have on their roster, and enjoy the sophisticated tastes that have become Fox Valley’s trademark.
Fox Valley Winery’s tasting room is open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With OML Worldwide providing the luxury transportation to these great Chicagoland vineyards, all you and your friends have to focus on is enjoying each other’s company and indulging in the wine. That sounds like the perfect way to ring in springtime to us!
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*Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2015 and has since been updated to reflect the most accurate information.