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Every experience begins as Galena Wine Tours picks you up from your bed and breakfast, hotel or other remote location and embarks on beautiful journey around the Upper Mississippi Valley Wine Region.
Blackhawk Wine Tour
Discover the breathtaking beauty on this tour with rolling hills, scenic valleys, and steep limestone bluffs. Just the ride to the vineyards through Jo Daviess County is worth the trip. We'll take you to three excellent wineries for facility tours, tastings, on-site shopping, pizza at Rocky Waters Winery, cheese at Massbach Ridge Winery, bottled water on board the bus, and a relaxing carefree day. Learn the history behind the Upper Mississippi Wine Region and Galena as your professional driver takes you into the past. Tour includes transportation from your B&B, hotel, or remote location in Galena, IL or Eagle Ridge Inn / Galena Territory, tasting fees, facility tours, lunch, and bottled water on board the bus. Wineries on this tour are Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, Rocky Waters Winery and Massbach Ridge Winery.This tour runs from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. 7 days a week and 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday only. Pick up times may vary depending on where you are staying. We need a minimum number of any 4 people for this tour to run. Private tours require at least 10 people.
Teachers Only Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tour
This tour is solely for all the hard working teachers out there that do so much to prepare our children for the future. You deserve a day in wine country so here you go. We’ll pick you up from your lodging in Galena, IL or the Galena Territory/Eagle Ridge Inn and take you to 3 excellent Upper Mississippi Valley Wine Region vineyards where you will sample several wines, savor tasty cheeses and indulge in decadent chocolates. Just the ride through the beautiful rolling hills and scenic valleys of Jo Daviess County, IL is worth the trip. Wineries on this tour include Galena Cellars Vineyard, Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery and Massbach Ridge Winery. This fun-filled tour runs from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. 7 days a week and 4:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday only. Price per person of $75 includes climate controlled transportation from your lodging in Galena, IL or the Galena Territory/Eagle Ridge Inn, tasting fees, cheese, chocolate and bottled water. Pick up and drop off times may vary depending on where you are staying. We need a minimum number of any 6 people for this to run each day. Private tours require at least 10 people.
Wine, Food & Brew Tour
Join us for a relaxing ride through the beautiful countryside of Dubuque County and a visit to Park Farm Winery in Bankston, IA. Enjoy a wine tasting along with their delicious wood fire pizza and on-site shopping before departing back to Dubuque, IA and a stop at BackPocket Brewing Company for a flight of 5 brews and on-site shopping. Price per person of $75 includes climate controlled transportation from your lodging in Dubuque, tasting fees, food and bottled water on-board the bus. This tour is available from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. We need a minimum number of any 8 people for this tour to go out each day. Private tours require at least 10 people.Pick up and drop off times may vary depending on where you are staying. To book this fun-filled tour, call 563-581-8123.
Wine & Cheese Tour
Join us for a visit to three excellent wineries in the Upper Mississippi Valley Wine Region where you will enjoy a glass or flight of wine along with some tasty cheese and on-site shopping and bottled water on-board the bus. Your professional driver will pick you up at your lodging in Dubuque and take you on a scenic and fully narrated history ride through the beautiful countryside of Dubuque and Clayton County Iowa and along the Great River
Road and Mississippi River. Wineries on this tour include Barrel Head Winery in Dubuque, Park Farm Winery in Bankston and Promiseland Winery in Guttenberg. Price per person of $75 covers transportation, tasting fees, cheese and bottled water. This tour is available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. We need a minimum number of any 8 people for this tour to go out each day. Private tours require at least 10 people. Call 563-581-8123 to book this fun-filled tour. Pick up and drop off times may vary depending on where you are staying.
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"Great Experience 70th Birthday"
My wife and I traveled to Dubuque to celebrate my 70th birthday. While researching activities prior to our visit, I came across information on this service and, after contacting the owner settled on one of the tours.
We couldn't have made a better choice.
The driver (and owner) picked us up at our hotel and, after picking up some more participants at various other hotels in Dubuque and Galena, we were off. As we traveled and got to know our fellow wine enthusiasts, Dennis kept up a running commentary on the wineries we were to visit as well as regaling us with the history of the region and the many landmarks along the way.
The price for the trip included wine tastings at each of the wineries, a pizza at the second stop, bottled water, on the bus, and (as an added bonus) Dennis took care of sorting and storing all of our purchases so that all we had to do was enjoy the wines and the scenery. In addition, he had a good working relationship with the wineries we visited and made sure that everything was working smoothly for our activities. At no time were we rushed and we were constantly urged to relax and enjoy ourselves.
Personally, the part most appreciated was the hotel pick-up. We didn't have to worry about a designated driver so everyone had a chance to partake freely of the many wines available without having to be concerned about driving under the influence. And while there are other organizations offering tours, Iowa Wine Tours, Inc. is the only tour that offers this hotel pick up service. Dennis has been conducting these tours for ten years and was the first to do so.
Bottom line is that this is one experience you shouldn't miss if you're in the Dubuque area and we will surely do the tour again when next we visit.
Thank you Dennis for a great time!
- Cress H.
Bachelorette Party was Great!
I booked this trip for my friends bachelorette party for something to do during the day! We had a blast! I would definitely recommend it! It's a great price, super convenient that they pick you up from your hotel, and we had great pizza!! We can't wait to do it again!
- Katherine F. -