Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery

Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery is a boutique winery located in the rolling countryside of Jo Daviess County on the Northeast side of Hanover, Illinois. Currently there are fourteen wines available which are produced from their 25-acre vineyard.

Each season brings gorgeous views from the magnificent winery built on the bluff overlooking the vineyard.  They feature live music on the spacious deck overlooking the vineyard and lake.  A very serene and relaxing way to spend an afternoon or evening.

Corporate Retreats
Need a place to have a corporate retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Come stay in Rocky Water's beautiful log cabin that has it’s own private lake stocked with large mouth bass, bluegill and catfish. And the events room located below the winery's gift shop can accommodate meetings and parties of up to 130 people.

Rocky Waters can give you your dream wedding! You could have an outdoor ceremony with the vineyard in the background and have your own personalized wine for your reception.

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Latitude: 42.259885 Longitude: -90.253738 Elevation: 893 ft
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Hours Open

Gift Shop & Tasting Room open daily.

Seasons Open

Open year-round

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Jared & Phyllis Spahn purchased 112 acres of land in Hanover, Illinois in 1994 and started a vine nursery with 3,600 grape cuttings in 1996. Roughly 95% of the cuttings took off and grew beautifully. The Spahn's wine education has some of its roots in the Napa Valley - as well as in Wisconsin. When his job took him to California for six months, they spent weekends and off-time studying wine production in the Napa region. The layout of Rocky Waters resembles strongly what you would see in the Napa Valley area.

They held a name the vineyard contest among their grandchildren with a monetary reward for the winner. The name was actually a well thought out conclusion by one of their grandsons. He noted that all the creeks and streams on the land were fairly fast running and all of them had rocky bottoms. He and all other grandchildren enjoyed following the streams and they found an area where a small waterfall had been formed and the water was falling over rocks and on to rocks. Many of the creeks, streams, and springs on the land resulted in being able to build and sustain a nice small lake that has provided untold hours of fun

Accessibility Notes

Winery Gift Shop/Tasting Room is wheelchair accessible

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