Famous Fossil wines are made at our winery from Illinois grown grapes. Our wines are a unique expression of the cold climate region of wine grape growing. With each vintage, we hope to create a dynamic and distinctive wine region, recognized for its delicious, interesting and well-balanced wines. Famous Fossil wines are made from some of the most recent releases of wine grape varieties as well as some tried and true varieties. Famous Fossil wines range from light to full bodied with varying complexity and are very food friendly.
Famous Fossil Vineyard is home to twelve different varieties of cold climate grapes. We also purchase grapes from vineyards throughout northern and central Illinois. We hope you will enjoy the distinctive flavors of Midwest American wines.
Over 450 million years ago, the land that is now northern Illinois was at the bottom of a sea. Thousands of years ago glaciers crossed the land exposing fossils from this ancient seabed. The name Famous Fossil was inspired by the many fossils found while planting our vineyard in 2004.
Ken brings together art and science in his making of Famous Fossil wines. Starting in the vineyard, he uses organic and Biodynamic methods to ensure healthy grapevines. After the grapes are picked, gentle handling and native fermentation make for distinctive white, red and fruit wines. Finally he gives careful consideration in the blending, aging and timing of bottling each wine. Ken farmed in Iowa for many years, and was one of the first in Iowa to certify his crops and livestock as organic in 1987.
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Pam is the creative force behind your experience at Famous Fossil Winery. Training and supporting her wonderful staff in the tasting room, pulling off festivals, classes and fun events, and making sure birthdays, showers, book clubs and corporate retreats all run smoothly are all part of her daily life. Pam was a psychotherapist in Iowa for many years and is now enjoying long conversations about wine, food, friends, family, or any topic visitors to Famous Fossil bring up.
Jan. 20, 2016 – Memorial Day
Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm Sundays 12pm-5pm
Memorial Day to December 31
Open Daily 11am-6pm
Famous Fossil Winery is closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.