Starting Bid $3.5M • List Price $7.5M

Auction Location: 2003 W Hanover Rd, Hanover, IL 61041
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Open House: November 1 • 1 – 4 PM CT

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Now is your chance to bid on a one-of-a-kind, multipurpose Midwest property. This lifestyle property is an excellent business opportunity – featuring a turn-key vineyard and winery – with tremendous growth potential. The property can also be used for farmland or recreational purposes where you can enjoy a variety of uses including hunting and fishing. Additionally, this property would make a fabulous bed and breakfast or a boutique winery! Located near the town of Galena, Illinois, the area is rich in both history and fertile lands, prime for growing fruitful wine grapes.

Situated in the rolling countryside of Hanover Village, the property has the second highest elevation in the state of Illinois and is only three hours from Chicago and two hours from Madison, Wisconsin. The 25± acre vineyard – with 45± acres available for future growth – is actively managed and produces award-winning red and white varietals. The wines produced on the property have won more than 50 medals, including 44 in international competition against more than 900 wineries.

The property will be auctioned as a whole and in multiple lots including the gorgeous main lodge built with the highest quality of craftsmanship, a cabin on the private, deeply stocked 5± acre lake, a guest lodge, winery equipment and much more!

PROPERTY LOCATIONS

Lodge 1: 2003 W Hanover Rd, Hanover, IL

Cabin: 1987 W Hanover Rd, Hanover, IL

Lodge 2: 2051 W Hanover Rd, Hanover, IL

PROPERTY DETAILS
Lot 1: Vineyard, Winery & Estate
(Sale of property includes furniture, not equipment.)
  • Winery and estate built on 106± acres in 2001-2007 with a log lodge
  • Only Estate Winery in northern Illinois & only 1 of 2 in the state
  • Winner of 50 medals, including 44 from international competitions
  • Midwest Living Magazine awarded “Best of the Midwest” from 2010-2016
  • Located in Jo Davies County with agriculture exemptions
  • Property annexed with ability to expand the rental properties while remaining an agricultural property
Estate:
  • 3-story, 14,900± sq ft log lodge that serves as the main residence & wine tasting facility
  • 4 BR, 4 full BA, 2 half BA
  • 2 rough-in full baths in the basement/banquet area to expand
  • Built with high-quality materials & expert craftsmanship
  • Centered around a 2-sided California & Mexican Driftwood stone fireplace
  • Florida Cypress lumber interior & exterior with southern yellow pine subflooring
  • Gourmet resident kitchen with top of the line appliances, features & fireplace
  • 3 boilers for radiant heating & 4 central AC units
  • Roof constructed of lifetime steel
  • Includes 2 wine tasting rooms
  • Lower level banquet room with a 100-guest capacity
  • Winery production room with Flowcrete coating
  • Hot tub room
  • Observatory tower on 4th story
  • 2 large decks with amazing views
Vineyard:
  • Consists of 25± acres of mature winter hardy vines
  • Vines planted are 16-21 years old
  • Some newer vine replacements in last 5 years
  • Potential for an addition 45± acres of vine plantings
  • Red & White Varietals: Léon Mellot, Marechal Foch, St. Croix, St. Pepin and LaCrosse
Log Cabin Guest House:
  • 1,092± sq ft, 1 BR, 3 BA, open loft-style log cabin, sleeps 10 people
  • Fully finished basement
  • Great rental opportunity or additional space for guests
  • Breathtaking 5± acre stocked, spring-fed lake with sandy beach
  • Incredible wood-burning stone fireplace
  • Spacious wraparound wood porch on 2 sides with beautiful lake view
  • Lower level garage with 1 inside space, 1 parking space under the porch & storage space
Lot 2: Private Lodge
  • Built in 2002 – 3,445± sq ft, 5 BR, 3.1 BA
  • Large master suite with sizable mother-in-law suite
  • Located on 6.3± acres with private drive
  • Adjacent to the winery & guest house
  • 2 wood burning fireplaces
  • Amazing 665± sq ft wooded deck in rear
  • Full length covered front porch
  • Master suite laundry room
  • Mother-in-law suite laundry room
  • Located in the unincorporated county limits
  • Could be annexed by the Village of Hanover
Lot 3: Equipment
  • Vector grape harvesting machine
  • L series Kubota tractor
  • F series Kubota tractor
  • Fork lift (propane)
  • Membrane press 8 HL
  • ¼-ton crusher/de-stemmer
  • Semi-automatic bottling line
  • Wine pumps 2” & 3”
  • Stainless & polyethylene 500-2000-gallon storage tanks
  • Complete lab equipment
BONUS:

Bulk juice inventory will be available for sale – subject to new owner having proper licenses – and may be purchased by the new owner of the winery!!

ADDITIONAL USES & OPPORTUNITIES
  • Amazing potential & demand for event venue – weddings, family or corporate events
  • Continue selling the legacy with award-winning wine
  • Possibility for a hunting lodge for family or hunting club
  • Endless recreational activities – hunting, fishing, hiking and more!
  • Ample space for a bed & breakfast
ABOUT ROCKY WATERS WINERY

Rocky Waters consists of 2 vineyards planted over a 6-year period in the mid-1990s. The first is 10± acres with St Croix, Léon Millot and Foch varietals. The second is 15± acres with Foch, St. Pepin and Lacrosse varietals.

One hundred percent of the wine is made from estate-grown fruit. Rocky Waters has produced on average 70 tons of grapes and juice, maxing at 85 tons. The storage capacity is 18,000 gallons in the tanks. The winery has produced 14 different wines each of which has won awards around the country. The Rocky Waters wine retails for $14 to $28 per bottle and is currently self-distributed in Illinois only.

The two tasting areas, banquet room and winery can accommodate large events and tour groups allowing plenty of space to taste, purchase and even stay in one of the many living quarters. Click Here to visit the Rocky Waters website and learn more about the varietals.

CITY OF GALENA ILLINOIS

The City of Galena is located in the unglaciated area of Northwest Illinois. The rolling hills, history, 19th century architecture and opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation attract nearly a million visitors a year. Galena is a safe, healthy and vibrant place to raise a family, start a business or enjoy retirement.

A visit to Galena is truly like stepping back in time. Fully 85 percent of Galena’s buildings are in a National Register Historic District. Even the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills and valleys is a testament to being untouched by time.

Discover for yourself why people enjoy this historic Mid-West city. Click Here to learn more.

ILLINOIS GRAPES AND WINES

Illinois winemakers use different grape varieties to produce a diversity of high-quality wines. The top six grape varietals grown in the state cover more than 75 percent of the state’s total grape acreage. Five of these grapes – Chambourcin, Seyval, Vignoles, Chardonel and Vidal Blanc – are “French Hybrids,” developed by crossing French grapes, such as the Chardonnay often grown in France and California, with native American vines. This cross-pollination results in grapes that produce excellent wine, but that are less susceptible to the effects of extreme cold – making them ideal for the Midwest’s unpredictable weather. The other grape in the top six, Norton, originates from native American vines.

Illinois wine makers work with French-American hybrid grapes, as well as vinifera and native varieties to blend and produce a diverse range of high-quality wines. From sweet refreshing whites to dry robust reds, Illinois offers every palate a favorite flavor and plenty to try. Click Here to see a map of Illinois and their wineries!

If you are interested in more detail about the economic impact of Illinois wine, Click Here to see the complete report.

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Jennifer Holliday, Agent/Auctioneer
IL Real Estate License # 471018913
IL Auctioneers license # 441002206

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John Zito Jr, Broker & Jacqueline Debes, Broker
IL Real Estate License # 475113063
IL Real Estate License # 475146453

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