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40 Years of ‘Napa’ in Suburban Roselle

September 23, 2019, Roselle, Illinois- Opened in October of 1979, Lynfred Winery began as a labor of love between Fred and Lynn Koehler. Throughout the years, the winery has expanded from its quaint and humble beginnings, and the Lynfred family will play appropriate tribute to a legacy of fine wine making tradition. Credited as pioneers of the Illinois winemaking industry, the Koehler’s sought to establish a family business where visitors would feel welcomed and appreciated the moment they walked through the winery doors.


Today, Chilean winemakers Andres Basso and Rodrigo Gonzalez strive to maintain the quality and complexity of wines for which Lynfred has come to be known. “We make anywhere between 75-100 different varieties of wine, from A-Z: aglianico to zinfandel!” says Andres Basso, Director of Winemaking. “But it’s our reserve line of wines we really love making, including our 40th anniversary wine, Lineage.” adds Basso.


Lineage, the wine created specifically for the winery’s 40th celebration, is a rich and concentrated Petite Sirah crafted with exceptional grapes from Clarksburg, California. “Only 302 cases were produced. Due to its high concentration of grape tannin, the wine possesses a full body that will benefit with years of aging” says Head Winemaker, Rodrigo Gonzalez. Lineage aged for 36 months in new American oak barrels made exclusively for Lynfred with specific toast levels by our cooper Seguin Moreau. This is an opulent wine meant to be enjoyed with the best steak money can buy. The wine will be released to the winery’s wine club members on October 11-20 at $40.

On October 14, from 5-7pm, the public is invited to join the winemakers and staff in the winery cellar for an open house. A celebration of heritage and passion will be reveled with cake from the winery chefs, artisanal cheeses and Fred’s Red, the wine created for namesake Fred Koehler.

Fortieth anniversary events will be announced on a continual basis through the Lynfred Winery website at


Lynfred Winery is the oldest and largest, continuously operating, family winery in Illinois, producing over 70 varietals and 30,000 cases of fine wine per year. Since 1979 Lynfred Winery has offered guests the finest vintages, gourmet cuisine and luxurious lodging. Lynfred is truly one of Chicago’s most unique attractions and features additional tasting rooms in Wheaton, Naperville and Wheeling. 15 South Roselle Road, Roselle, IL 60172


PHOTOS of Lynfred Winery through the years for Press Use



Christina Anderson-Heller

Lynfred Winery


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