Nouveau Weekend

Galena Cellars Invites you to the 37th Annual Celebration – November 19, 2021

Nouveau Main Street Parade








2021 Nouveau Label Artwork – “Burgundy”

by Beth Bird – Elizabeth, IL



Artist Bio:

Beth McCabe Bird was raised in the south side of Chicago and was educated at a local parochial grade and high school. She graduated from the University of Iowa with an undergraduate degree in Art Education in 1965. While there, she had the opportunity to study under Mauricio Lasansky in the print making department and take part in the university’s Writer’s Workshop. These early experiences introduced her to narrative art.

After marrying and raising four children, she attended the Chicago School of the Art Institute and completed a master’s degree in art therapy. She found her way back to print making at the Evanston Art Center. For seven years she had the opportunity to test every technique in the field and discovered that etching, dry point and, often hand coloring, were her favored methods of art making. She came to Galena in 1996 and set up her own print studio in a one hundred year old farmhouse in Elizabeth, Illinois.

Beth is an accomplished artist and Ragdale fellow. She has exhibited at the Old Town School of Music, the Union League of Chicago, and the Dubuque Museum of Art. Her works are on permanent exhibition at Mercy Hospital Dubuque, Mercy Hospital Cedar Rapids and Women’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

More Information on Beth Bird Here

FRIDAY EVENTS – November 19

NOUVEAU PARADE – Downtown Galena at 2:30 pm

The afternoon kicks off with a parade of revelers assembling for a trek down Galena’s Main Street in assorted modes of transportation and merriment from horse-drawn wagons to trolleys as the Nouveau wine is handed out to Galena merchants who sport the Nouveau posters in their shop windows.


Galena Cellars at 12 pm – SOLD OUT

Join the Lawlor Family as they unveil their 2021 Nouveau wine! Be a part of the official toast with friends, area businesses, family and soon-to-be friends. Make your reservations for lunch at our new location at 111 N. Main Street in Downtown Galena! As the Nouveau Wine flows, enjoy French Stew made by our chef, Joy, served in a freshly baked bread bowl with a garnish of fruit and brie cheese.

Seating begins at 12:00 pm, luncheon to follow.

Fried Green Tomatoes at 12 pm – SOLD OUT

12:00 Doors open (event is 12-3pm) 1:00pm cocktails & 3 course lunch
House field blend salad, Peasant Stew Bread Bowl, fruit, chocolates and wine for dessert!
$45 per person + tax & gratuity – call 815-777-3938 or email dinner@friedgreen.com

Bread & Vine Bakery – 217 S. Main Street

Stop by Bread & Vine’s unique “BarBakery” to enjoy $5 glasses of Nouveau Wine as you savor a classic French mussel and fries dish, created to pair perfectly with the celebratory wine! Available Friday-Sunday, Nouveau Weekend.

Call 815-402-2100 or visit breadandvinebakery.com

De Soto House at 1 pm

Spring Mix Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing, Sour Dough Bread Bowl with Tenderloin Beef Stew with hearty vegetables, garnished with Brie Cheese and Grapes. Dessert: Chocolate & Amaretto Mousse in Almond Lace Bowl. PLUS Glass of Nouveau Wine

$16.95 per person plus tax & gratuity. Call for reservations 815-777-0090

Fritz & Frites

Please call 815-777-2004 for details or to reserve a table.

Vinny Vanucchi’s 

Details to come!

Galena Brewing Company at 5:30 pm 

Beer Pairing Dinner – Enjoy a five course meal made just for you! Each course will be paired with one of our deliciously crafted brews. Talk beer, talk history, or anything else that comes to the table. This dinner provides a private atmosphere to engage with other guests and our staff, giving you the opportunity to share questions and interests related to anything ‘BEER’, and so much more. 


Appetizer: Mini Quiche with sun dried tomato sauce and shrimp
Soup: Farmers butternut squash soup with mini cornbread loaf
Salad: Strawberry arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Entree: Roast port tenderloin with mushroom Demi glacé, fondant potatoes, crisp asparagus with gluten free hollandaise
Dessert: Tres leche cake

$60 PP – Tax and Gratuity not included!

Amelia’s Lamplight Dinner Theater

Details to come! Please visit www.ameliastours.com or call 815-994-2868


The Grape Escape

Jordan Danielson: 3-6pm
Kristin Marie Castañeda + Shawn Healy: 6-10pm

Come and taste the Galena Cellars Nouveau wine along a full drink menu and food at the Grape Escape! 

Paradise Bar & Grill at 3–7 pm

Live music by Hard Salami


Galena Cellars Vineyard

Experience the essence of Galena Cellars wine as you take in the spectacular view of our country vineyard and sip on our award winning wines. Savor a glass of Hot Spiced or Caramel Apple Wine as you stroll the property. Located just six miles from downtown Galena, relaxing at the Vineyard is a great way to enjoy your Saturday afternoon. Reservations are not required.

Galena Cellars Downtown Tasting Room – Live Music

Enjoy live music at our new location Downtown Galena – 111 N. Main Street! Tom Rucker will take the stage on the 2nd floor starting at noon until 3pm and Kara Gordon will be playing in the first floor bar 5-8pm!

The Grape Escape

Come in and enjoy Live Music by Jordan Danielson 2-5pm and Nouveau Wine all weekend!


EMBE Eatery & Lounge – details coming soon!

Details coming soon! Please visit www.embegalena.com 


Galena Trolley Tours – Galena Tour

The only historically & architecturally narrated tour doing 90% of Galena’s Historic district. Travel the hills and valleys of a beautiful and historic former lead mining community and major river port.

Weather dependant. Call 815-777-1248 for more information! Website: galenatrolleys.com

Scent Workshop Galena – 307 S. Main

Indulge in the delicious scent of the Scent Workshop’s Nouveau themed candle! Take home this limited availability Vineyard Scent for just $25. $5 from your purchase will be donated to the Galena Food Pantry!

Call 309-530-9786 or visit www.scentworkshop.com


Galena Spoon Co. – 201 Hill Street

Enjoy 15% off any product from The French Farm during Nouveau Weekend! Galena Spoon Co. carries everything from kitchen boards, French sea salts and herbs, spreads, cheese knives and spreaders, wine openers, and many more items from this amazing vendor.

Store Hours: Thursday – Saturday 12pm-7pm, and Sunday 9am-3pm.
Call 224-209-6409 or visit www.galenaspoonco.com



The Inn at Felt Manor

Check Back in 2022!

Please visit www.FeltManor.com   Instagram & FB: @FeltManor

Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages

Celebrate 2021 Nouveau Weekend w/ Hawk Valley Retreat

Join Hawk Valley Retreat in celebrating Nouveau Weekend 2021.  Stay two nights in one of our cottages during the Nouveau festivities and receive a $25 gift card to Galena Cellars. Stay Thursday/Friday, Friday/Saturday, or Saturday/Sunday. Offer good on stays November 19th through November 21st. 

Visit our website to book package: www.hawkvalleyretreat.com

Aldrich Guest House

Celebrate Nouveau Weekend in a truly unique way! Enjoy 2 days of activities, events, and other guests into cannabis! On November 19 & 20, 2021 celebrate cannabis and Galena like only Aldrich Guest House can.

Reservation includes:
– 2 nights lodging (November 19 & 20, 2021)
– Homemade breakfast each morning
– Events/Activities listed below
– Suggested cannabis/CBD pairings with each activity
*This event is Bring Your Own Cannabis. Verilife dispensary and Botanicanna CBD are just a short walk from Aldrich.*

Cost: $725 per couple/room (includes tax)

Day 1 – Friday, November 19
4:20pm – Bonfire Sesh! (weather permitting)
5:00pm – Drinks and hors d’oeuvres
6:00pm – P.T. Murphy Magic Show

Day 2 – Saturday, November 20
8:30am – Homemade Breakfast
10:15am – Awake 4 Yoga
11:30am – Galena Scent Workshop
2:30pm – Hoof-It! Goat Trek
4:20pm – Pass the Dutchie!
5:30pm – Dinner by Fritz and Frites
7:30pm – Dead Bawdy

As space is EXTREMELY limited (only 5 rooms!) the entire house will be only for guests participating in this event.
Reservations for this event can only be made by phone.
*Online, it will look like we are full – we still have rooms available but you have to make the reservation by phone, so what are you waiting for?!*
Call us today at 815-777-3323.

Find more details here!


Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Please call 815-777-0583 or visit www.cloranmansion.com

Lamberson Guest House

Please visit www.LambersonGuestHouse.com


What could be better to celebrate the harvest season than with an invitation to one of Galena’s most celebrated weekends of the year? That would be the Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend slated for Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Centering around Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, the 37th Annual Nouveau is always held the third Thursday of November and showcases the annual release of Le Beaujolais Nouveau which refers to the practice of bottling the first wine of the harvest just a few weeks after fermentation.

The Nouveau invitation holds much in store for those attending the French-infused, century-plus tradition. Kicked off in Galena in 1985 by Galena Cellars, Nouveau Wine Weekend has grown to become a full-blown community celebration that revolves around all things that are wine – particularly Galena Cellar’s 2021 Nouveau wine.

“Nouveau wine is the kind of affordable wine that aspires towards drinkability without needing to be powerful or complex,” Chris explained. “It’s supposed to be something celebratory and about people getting together around the harvest. That’s exactly what our Nouveau Wine Weekend is all about.”

The weekend activities get underway at noon on Friday, Nov. 19 when the new wine is officially released with a toast at Galena Cellar’s opening luncheon held at the Main Street location that day. Many area restaurants follow suit and celebrate with traditional French fare and wine-inspired luncheons.

The afternoon kicks off at 2:30 p.m. with a parade of revelers assembling for a trek down Galena’s Main Street in assorted modes of transportation and merriment from horse-drawn wagons to trollies as the Nouveau wine is handed out to Galena merchants who sport the Nouveau posters in their shop windows.

Local restaurants and Galena businesses continue the celebration all weekend with live music, wine tastings, dinner specials and receptions.

Galena Cellars Vineyard and Downtown location will also be open for tours and tastings all weekend.


Phone: (815) 777-3330