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.