Valentino Wine and Vineyards – Long Grove, Illinois

Valentino Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1995 and in 2001, the winery opened its doors to the public. It is one of Chicagoland’s Leading Estate Vineyards and Wineries. The winery invites you to stop by to visit their impressive vineyard and sample their interesting wines.

Valentino’s Tasting Room is open from May through December on Fridays from 5 to 7 pm, on Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and on Sundays from Noon to 4 pm. To enjoy a taste of their great wines, you can just walk in during opening hours. There are also Vineyard Tours and Wine Tasting and Appreciation Seminars, but these events are by reservation only.

For groups of 20 or more, Valentino Vineyards and Winery is also available on Mondays through Thursdays but making an appointment is (understandably) required. For reservations, or to purchase some of the estate’s great wines, please call (847) 634-2831.

Valentino Vineyards and Winery is located in Long Grove, Illinois, and run by Vintner and Viticulturist Rudolph (Rudy) DiTomasso and his spouse Vivienne. The address is 5175 Aptakisic Road, Long Grove, IL. 60047.

Valentino Vineyards and Winery is producing twenty different wines that can be purchased from $14 per bottle. Rudy grows 25 different grape varieties of on the company’s 20-acre Estate Vineyard. The wines are all barrel-aged in the finest quality American and French Oak barrels. Valentino Estate’s wines are all estate-grown, produced, and bottled, and are extremely low in sulfites.

Vineyard Tours are $15 per person. Wine Tastings include five of the winery’s finest wines and reserves and are $12 per person. The winery additionally organizes so-called Wine Appreciation Seminars that are offered at $29 per person. For all these activities, reservation is required. The seminar is a great opportunity for students to include in their resumes if they want to pursue a degree in viniculture at an Illinois college.

Vineyard Tours, Wine Tastings, and Seminars have a time duration of around 1.5 hours and cheese plates are available (at advance notice only) at $14 per person. Wine Tasting is open to the public without prior reservation on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (see above for hours).  Wines are offered for purchase from $14 per bottle at the winery.

Valentino Vineyards additional is available for Corporate Events, Private Events, and Weddings. They are well-experienced in organizing your event at their beautiful vineyard. This is a great opportunity for your business event or your Bride and Groom festivity including fine wine tasting and enjoying the best appetizers, exploring the full vines, and celebrating a lifetime of great memories. What a way to start your marriage. Just call the winery to learn more.

Most visitors are quite impressed with the winery’s “living social deal” and the far-better-than-expected quality of the wines. After all, this is the Midwest and wines from this part of America don’t have the same reputation as those from California or the Pacific Northwest. Parking is easy here, and the property is really beautiful. Sure, the wines come at a price, but the quality is outstanding and most visitors end up buying a few bottles.

The “living social deal” includes a tour of the impressive vineyards and also wine tasting. Usually, Rudy is the tour guide as he has a lot of knowledge about winemaking and wines. The tour includes a visit to the wine cellars where the wines get made and stored. If you like sweet wines, this wine tour could very well be for you. Many students who get bored during their summer breaks come over to enjoy the property and a great wine tasting experience.

The wines produced at Valentino Vineyards and Winery are of the highest quality. The owner definitely knows what he’s talking about, so you can learn a lot of new things and have some great fun. Some people say they don’t like the idea of using the same glass for all tastings, but that’s how it is in this world and the sequence of the wines (lighter to stronger) allows for it. This is a great way to learn all about growing and harvesting grapes and making wine. The wines produced here are healthier than mass-produced wines, they don’t contain any chemicals for preservation, and they are in no way watered down.