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About twenty years ago, Jared & Phyllis Spahn purchased a lovely fruit tree laced piece of land just outside of Hanover, Illinois that inspired the planting of a vineyard.
While the grapes grew, Jared designed the fantastic building that houses the winery and tasting rooms, and Phyllis tended the fledgling adventure.
Rocky Waters was busy with our fellow wine tourists when we arrived, but we were greeted personally by the vivacious Phyllis and her dog, Coco Chanel, and given the grand tour.
True passion brings forth great fruit, and the next thing we knew we were all in Phyllis’ Range Rover bouncing through the fields for an up close look at the vines.
The vineyard was painstakingly laid out so that none of the fruit trees were disturbed. Pear, cherry, and apple trees remain interspersed among the vines and add a hint of flavor to the wines.
Our tour also included a stop at the lakeside cabin that the Spahn’s lived in while constructing the main building. Now it is known as The Fisherman’s Cabin and available as a vacation rental.
Back up at the main house we sampled the fruit of the vines while gazing over the rolling hills and pond below.
It’s hard to imagine a more serene spot to sit on a deck and sip a glass of wine.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
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