What to Try at Galena River Wine and Cheese

When you’re craving velvety varieties of cheeses, exquisite wines, and homemade delicacies, make your way to Galena River Wine and Cheese. This quaint store boasts an extraordinary selection of high-quality products, perfect for any occasion. Whether you are a wine aficionado or a cheese connoisseur, you’ll find the perfect delight to indulge in at this one-stop gourmet shop!

Once you’ve experienced the savory snacks at Galena River Wine and Cheese, save room for exploring our stunning community. By requesting a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide, you’ll have our recommendations for the best things to do, area attractions, and wonderful shopping right in the palm of your hand. Our carefully curated travel planner provides you with an inside look at the cozy accommodations and wonderful amenities at Farmers Guest House!

What You Need to Know About Galena River Wine and Cheese

Our town is known for boasting some of the most fabulous antiquing, delightful dining, and wonderful shopping along the Helluva Half Mile. One of the main stops on this cultural avenue is Galena River Wine & Cheese in Galena, IL. Use our local insights to see what makes this culinary hotspot is so magnificent!

What’s the History

Ken and Sandy Winge visited Galena in 1977 and fell in love with what makes our town so wonderful — the people and the charm. On a whim, the Winge family relocated and opened the shop’s doors in 1982. Galena River Wine and Cheese sits inside the flood gates and is located in the Peck Building, one of oldest commercial buildings in Galena. The building was constructed in 1845 as a steamboat provisioning warehouse.  In the fall of 2014, Bryon and Julie Taylor purchased the business, breathing new life and spirit into this Galena classic while continuing the tradition of fine wines and cheese.  Just around the block from Farmers Guest House, it’s the perfect beginning and ending point for your self-guided tour through our historic community.

An Assortment of Cheese

When you step foot in Galena Wine and Cheese, you’ll be delighted by the lavish selection of cheeses filling the display cases. Whether you’re in the mood for cheese from Wisconsin, Italy, France, England, or Ireland, you’ll find your favorite one from the 120 kinds.

If you simply cannot get enough cheese, join the exclusive club. This premier membership provides you with a hand-chosen selection of three varieties, both international and domestic, to enjoy each month. It’s the perfect way to sample even when you can’t make the trip!

Delightful Drinks

Whether you wish to enjoy a craft beer or a glass of wine, you’ll find the complimentary taste to pair your cheese. Choose from over 130 brews, each of which showcases unique flavors from around the world. Or, peruse the divine selection of over 170 blends from international destinations. Whatever way you decide to delight in, you’re sure to satisfy your culinary cravings at Galena Wine and Cheese. If you wish to make your romantic getaway a little sweeter, consider purchasing a couple bottles of wine or beer!

More to Enjoy

In addition to a gorgeous selection of cheese and wine, treat yourself to another one of the signature delicacies. Other popular favorites are seasoned sausages, homemade jams, tasty condiments, savory soups, kinds of pasta, flavorful dips, and natural oils. For the aspiring chef in your life, purchase a box of the bread/ scone mixes. While you’re there, ask any tips for the knowledgeable staff may have about pairing the variety of flavors together!

Relax at Farmers Guest House

Before you try the samples at Galena River Wine and Cheese, begin your day with our exclusive breakfast. Artfully prepared by the talented Susan Steffan herself, each meal is seasoned to perfection and ordered to your specific tastes. Remember: if you have any dietary restrictions, provide us with any information while you’re making your reservation.

Once you return from your daily adventures, relax one of our comfortable guest rooms. We offer a charming collection of beautifully appointed retreats and invite you to reserve the ideal one for your getaway. As you browse, consider booking our Julia Suite. This stunning suite boasts restored hardwood floors, beautiful furnishings, and a comfortable seating area. Whether you curl up by the warm glow of the fireplace or in the luxurious bathroom, you’re sure to feel reconnected with your partner on your next weekend getaway. We can’t wait to host you and your special someone this year!