Vibrant Vinos on the Lake County Libation Trail 2021

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” said literary libationer Ernest Hemingway.

Lake County provides you with the most vibrant vinos on this side of the Mississippi.

Make sure this month, from November 12-21, you note your attendance at one of these maker’s facilities via outdoor dining and/or carry-out or curbside pickup. During Lake County Libation Trail Check-in Challenge, sippers have the opportunity to win a free VIP 3-Stop Lake County Libation Trail Bus Tour courtesy of O’Toole’s.

To enter, patrons will text “CHEERS” to 224-706-1133. Let’s explore the local wineries in Lake County.

Let’s take a walk on the vine side and taste one of these elegant berry drinks during Lake County Libation Trail Check-in Challenge and year-round.

Always check in advance for operating hours at these vibrant vino facilities. 

Glunz Family Winery and Cellars in Grayslake

Four generations of Glunz’s have operated a business in libationing. The Glunz family landed in the states in 1879 and opened a wine, beer and spirit store on Wells and Division Streets in the present-day Old Town neighborhood in 1888. In 1992, the third-generation descendants began creating small-batch fortified wines and the rest is history. Not only does the family own a winery and tasting room in Grayslake, but also in wine country in Paso Robles, California, where they grow much of the drinkables. The award-winning winery is known for its Mission Angelica (red dessert wine), De La Costa Sangria and its Dusi Vineyard Zinfandel.

Glunz Family Winery & Cellars, 888 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake.

Lynfred Winery in Wheeling

Illinois’s eldest winery is Lynfred, who just celebrated 40 years in operation. A hobby that turned into a full-fledged business was founded by Fred E. Koehler, who’s also known as the father of the Illinois wine industry. The Lake County vino tasting room has been earning awards and national recognition since 1985. Lynfred has four locations: Roselle, Wheeling, Wheaton and Naperville. The Wheeling room has been open since 2008 and is known for favorites like Fred’s Red, Vin de City White, and a ton of other electric flavors.

Lynfred Winery Wheeling, 971 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling.

Pazzo di Vino in Highwood


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The Highwood micro-winery and vino bar is the newest Lake County Libation Trail vino partner. The DiVito family perfected the winemaking recipe as the southern Lake County winery crushes, ferments, ages and bottles the berry beverage onsite. Pazzo di Vino has an expansive outdoor patio, tasting room, artistic gallery room, and they also serve small tasty plates complemented by live music. Pazzo’s 8 a.m. Rosé was labeled the September 2021 Libation of the Month.

Valentino’s Vineyard in Long Grove

The award-winning winemakers grow and produce their berries and wines on the Long Grove estate. Boasting over 20 different grapevines that produce more than 20 vinos, Valentino’s Vineyard creates all of its libations in French and American oak barrels. Valentino’s is closed for the winter, and it reopens the first weekend of May. Throughout the year Lake County maker conducts wine tastings, vineyard tours and seminars. Some of the Long Grove winery’s staple offerings include Valentino’s Signature Red 2004 and 2016 and their Seyval Blanc 2015.

Valentino Vineyards Inc., 5175 Aptakisic Rd., Long Grove.

Vigneto del Bino Vineyard & Winery in Antioch

The Lake County Libation Trail partner Vigneto del Bino Vineyard and Winery offers nine different types of wines at their scenic establishment. The winery sits on one acre of a 10-acre property surrounded by 2,300 grapevines. The Trombino family planted their first vine in 2009, and they haven’t looked back. The winery resides in Antioch and features exceptional vinos like Bino’s BLend (semi-dry red table wine), the Sequoit Red (red table wine), the Kaleidoscope (semi-sweet white table wine) and others. Salud to vino!

Vigneto del Bino Vineyard & Winery, 42150 N. Crawford Rd., Antioch.

To learn more about the November Lake County Libation Trail Check-in Challenge, click here. To register for the challenge, continue here. Drink Lake County local! Cheers!

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