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“Great time with friends on the Black Hawk Wine Tour through Iowa Wine Tours”
Review of Iowa Wine Tours

Iowa Wine Tours
Ranked #4 of 8 Food & Drink in Dubuque
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Owner description: Experience a fun-filled, flexible and educational wine tour with the Upper Mississippi Valley Wine Region`s first wine tour company
Reviewed 7 September 2011

Myself and six of my friends went on this wine tour and had an excellent time! Dennis was right on time picking us up at our condo. He gave us a quick overview of the history of the Galena area on the way to the first winery. We went to Galena Cellars, Rocky Waters, and Massbach Ridge. It included trying no less than 6 different wines from each winery and lunch at a great pizza place named Procento`s Pizzeria in Galena.
Dennis had boxes on the bus to hold the bottles of wine we bought and a cooler of ice cold bottled water (which came in handy because it was hot that day!) The scenery was beautiful and we had fun singing along with songs on the radio and chatting with other people on our bus... especially after we had some wine in us :-)
Dennis went out of his way to haul us around and even gave us a ride from downtown Galena back to our condo long after our tour had ended. It was great service and fun for a great price. When we come back, we will do this again!

5  Thank travelinslacks
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

We did the tour of 3 wineries near Galena. Dennis was a fantastic host! He was so friendly and shared alot of history about the area. Our tour was on a Saturday 11-3. It was my husband & I and another couple we didn't know. We quickly became friends & greatly enjoyed the day. We had a delicious lunch at Prochenos (sp?) pizza in Galena. Dennis was very patient as the wineries may have been a bit crowded because it was Saturday. Our tour ran a bit longer than the scheduled time, but Dennis never made us feel rushed. Great tour!

6  Thank Kirstin29
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

In four hours we hit three wineries and sampled 25 different wines in total. We had lunch in Galena, some very tasty Pizza (and a pitcher of beer to chase down all that wine). It was me and my wife together with a group of very nice and social people from Indiana.
The tour itself took about 5 hours including hotel pickups and lunch. The drive was scenic, the wine was good and varied and the owner and tour guide, Dennis, was very friendly and professional. We would definitely consider doing a tour with this company again when we are in the area.

5  Thank SuneMangs
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

Dave picked us up in Galena last week for a tour of the area wineries. We had a great day sampling and learning not only about wine, but some of Galena's history as well. Dave's repor with the local business owners is outstanding, we felt welcomed and 'at home' everywhere we went. Lunch was amazing! We highly recommend this tour!

4  Thank CandR_3
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

My mom, two sisters and I spent a day touring the wineries around Galena, IL with Dennis on July 14th. It was a great day! Dennis picked us up at our hotel in Galena in his tour bus at 11:00 a.m. that morning. His bus was very clean, comfortable and he had a cooler of bottled water on the bus for us too. We toured three great wineries, had lunch at a great pizza place in downtown Galena and enjoyed Dennis' company during the ride. He was very informative on not only the area but also on the art of wine making and the story behind each of the wineries we visited. We got to taste at Galena Cellars, Rocky Waters and Massbach wineries. Of the three, Rocky Waters was my favorite. The property is beautiful and the family that owns it was very hospitable.
When you book the tour you get all of your tastings, lunch, the transportation and Dennis' guidance for your money. A great deal! Dennis handled everything for us. He made sure our wine made it out to the bus, kept it safely boxed for us and even dropped us at a brewery downtown when our tour was finished.
We will take trips with Iowa Wine Tours in the future. It was a great way for a group of girls to spend the day but I get the impression from Dennis that if you wanted to bring the guys along and customize more of a brewery tour that was an option.
I would highly recommend Iowa Wine Tours!!!

5  Thank djkarey
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