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Pandemic forcing Galena Cellars to close tasting room in Geneva

Chris and Joy Goebbert of Glen Ellyn enjoy some wine on Galena Cellars outdoor patio during first downtown Geneva First Fridays event since the coronavirus pandemic Sept. 4.

Galena Cellars Winery has announced it will permanently close its tasting room on Third Street in downtown Geneva at the end of the month.

“The impact of the pandemic was felt especially hard at our Geneva location,” states a post from the Lawlor White family on Galena Cellars’ Facebook page. “Thank you to the team, who did an excellent job keeping up with frequent changes and challenges.”

The tasting room, located at 477 S. 3rd St. Suite 100, opened in 2004. It will close its doors on Jan. 31.

With the closing of the tasting room, the family plans to concentrate on Galena Cellars’ two locations in Galena.

“In 2022, we are excited to be rolling out new events and experiences for our members and patrons,” the post states. “We have new wines aging in the cellar, getting ready to be released throughout the year, and we truly cannot wait to share them with you. We also look forward to sharing updates with you as we begin the process of building a new production facility at our Vineyard, expanding our opportunity to make high-quality Illinois wines.”

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.