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Winery of the Month

December 2016

Glunz Family Winery

We are proud to be partnering with Glunz Family Winery during the month of December. Everyday at our Guest Wine Tasting Reception, we will be featuring tastes of their amazing varietals including their signature Vin Glogg, a mulled wine. Each Friday during this time, we will feature their winemaker or winery representative at our Guest Reception. At our restaurant, be sure to order a glass of one of their delicious wines to pair with our local farm to table cuisine or join us for our very special New Year’s Eve Winemaker Dinner featuring their wines and a five course menu.  

The Glunz family story started in 1871 when Louis Glunz, age 17, left his country of Germany in pursuit of the American dream. Louis arrived in Ellis Island that year and moved from city to city in search of work until he arrived in the boomtown of Chicago in 1872. The American Dream was realized in 1888, with a business loan from Charles Wacker, when Louis Glunz was able to set up a shop as a wine, beer and spirit merchant on Wells Street and Division Street.

Fast forward to 1992 when the fourth generation of the Glunz family opened their winery specializing in small batched fortified wines. With the winery seeing steady growth, the Glunz Family decided they needed to expand their production facility. After spending a year pricing out the building of a larger winery in Grayslake, IL, Matt suggested looking in Paso Robles, California where the winery had been sourcing fruit for years. 

Today, the winery is located on 20 acres in the rolling hills of Paso Robles, California. The Glunz family ferments and bottles most of their wines in Paso but also continues packaging out of their Grayslake location.