Our Mission

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.

Our Grapes

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.

Our Land

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 Rosmann


Ken farmed in Iowa for many years, certifying his crops and livestock as organic in 1987. Some of his crops were used to make organic tofu in Japan. It was the relationships that Ken developed with his Japanese friends that inspired him to make an end product that people can enjoy. Wine was a natural fit for Ken’s personality and skills – his ease with chemistry, his farming success and his great enjoyment of food, wine and friends. Ken began studying under winemakers, taking courses and making wine in earnest 16 years ago. He is a past president of Northern Illinois Wine Growers.


Pam Rosmann

Tasting Room | Event Planning

After careers in psychology and landscape architecture, Pam is currently in her third career as the chief wine taster. She also manages the tasting room and events room where businesses, clubs and families and friends meet to enjoy food and wine. Pam and Ken met when Pam was director of the Organic Agriculture Program in the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.


Roy Scheider

Winery & Vineyard Assistant

Royal Scheider joined Famous Fossil in 2012, helping in both the winery and the vineyard. Of German heritage, Royal is the fifth generation to carry his name. Royal graduated from Orangeville High School and from Highland Community College. Royal’s father first introduced him to winemaking and instilled in him a love of the great outdoors. Be sure and give a wave when you see Royal in the vineyard or helping in the winery.

Upcoming Events

Dec 5 Sat 2015
4:00 PM December Wine Club
December Wine Club
Dec 5 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Our December Wine Club Event will feature a special tasting of 3 different sparkling wines.  Also included is a wine tasting and special food and wine [...]
Dec 31 Thu 2015
5:00 PM New Year’s Eve Party
New Year’s Eve Party
Dec 31 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Join us for an early celebration as we bring in 2016!  Your $25 ticket includes dinner, dessert and 2 glasses of wine.  This year’s menu [...]
Feb 6 Sat 2016
4:00 PM February Wine Club Event
February Wine Club Event
Feb 6 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
February’s Wine Club Event will feature our sparkling wine and our newest dessert wine, LaCrescent Late Harvest.  These wines are in limited production and will [...]
Mar 5 Sat 2016
4:00 PM March Wine Club Event
March Wine Club Event
Mar 5 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Our March Wine Club Event will feature our latest vintage wines, light snacks, and 10% off any off-premise wine purchases during the event.  Each ticket [...]
Apr 2 Sat 2016
4:00 PM April Wine Club Event
April Wine Club Event
Apr 2 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Our April Wine Club Event will feature our most recent wine releases.  Along with light snacks and wine tasting, each ticket holder will choose one [...]
May 7 Sat 2016
4:00 PM May Wine Club Event
May Wine Club Event
May 7 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Our May Wine Club Event will feature our newest releases of wine made at Famous Fossil Winery.  Ticket holders will enjoy wine tasting, light snacks [...]

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