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“About Us”

Waterman Winery and Vineyards represents agriculture at its best.  Over 50 years of stewardship and conservation have created a productive and healthy environment for growing grapes.  Because the grapes are grown on this farm and the winemaking process occurs here too, we have total control of our product, Sunset Wines.  Each year additional grape varieties will become mature, so we will be offering new types of wines.  We are excited about the quality of grapes grown on our northern Illinois farm and we look forward to sharing unique wine with you. 

“A Little History”

The vineyards and winery were founded in 1998 by three middle school teachers looking for something interesting to do as retirement approached.  Luckily, agriculture, chemistry and social sciences were their areas of expertise.  With additional research, this idea was within their reach. Many meetings with experts and workshops helped to make this dream a reality.  Currently, our ownership is shared between three families: Clem and Anne Stiely; Terrie and Lex Tuntland; and Steve and Trisha Wolff. 


“The Facts”

  • Producing wines from grapes grown on a northern Illinois, DeKalb County farm.  They said it couldn’t be done!
  • 12 acres of grapes with 40 varieties, most are French-American hybrids. 
  • We practice limited use of chemicals and have established a sustainable vineyard.  Much of the trellis system is made of re-used materials.
  • The winemaking process begins the same day that the grapes are harvested, capturing their freshness.
  • Offering handcrafted, unique red and white, fruit, and Seasonal Spiced wines.


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Our Wines are Available at:

Our wines are also available at : Lundeen’s, Schnuck’s &Inboden’s in DeKalb;  HyVee in Sycamore; Casey’s General Stores (Waterman, Shabbona, Creston, Hillcrest; & Sullivan’s Grocery (Rochelle).


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