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Oliver Winery

8024 North State Road 37
812-876-5800

Open Year Round

History:

Oliver Winery started in the 1960s as a hobby in the basement of Indiana University law professor William Oliver. His enthusiasm for making wine led him to establish a vineyard northwest of Bloomington. Soon the flourishing vines produced grapes far in excess of his needs as a hobby winemaker, and he began plans to open a commercial winery.

Professor Oliver was instrumental in passing legislation allowing for the creation of small wineries in Indiana. The Indiana Small Winery Act passed in 1971 and Oliver Winery opened to the public in 1972. Initially, sales were modest but grew quickly after we began making Camelot Mead, a light wine made from honey.

Professor Oliver's son, Bill, took charge of the winery in 1983. He focused on enhancing the visitor experience by increasing wine quality and variety, establishing gardens and providing great customer service. Sales grew steadily in the 80s, reaching 25,000 cases by 1990.

In 1993, Kathleen Oliver joined the winery as General Manager. This allowed Bill to focus on winemaking and viticulture and the new Creekbend Vineyard, which was started in 1994. Retail sales continued to grow and allowed for the construction of a new tasting room in 1997.

Major facility expansions occurred in 2002 and 2007 making Oliver Winery one of the largest wineries in the eastern United States.

In 2002, interstate expansion began as Kentucky became the first state outside of Indiana to offer Oliver wines. Today, we distribute in 18 states and ship across the country.

At Oliver Winery we connect people through wine, and that's really the best part of our story. Through the decades, customers have come to expect excellence in our products and service, and we're proud to continue that legacy.



Reviews

Casey Seliga

Rating:
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Very friendly and helpful staff to assist with wine tastings. They get to know what flavors and sweet level you appreciate and serve you accordingly. The outdoor landscaping is beautiful, a very tranquil environment to sip your wine. Inside is beautifully decorated as well. They offer a wide variety of affordable wines!

Dustin Gleitz

Rating:
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Visit the winery on a Saturday was extremely busy when we arrived. Was immediately greeted at the door and told him we needed to purchase a token for wine tasting. Extremely large selection of wine all tasted exquisite. Are wine specialist name was Don he was very in informative. Don also gave us a tour around the facility. Had a great time. Wonderful atmosphere.

Jeff Chou

Rating:
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Located close to Indiana University Bloomington, this winery is the perfect place to take visiting friends and family. Their grounds are absolutely beautiful throughout every single season, the staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and anyone can find a wine they can enjoy regardless of their taste. I've also tried both their wine club packages and both the dry and sweeter side packages are worth it.

Matthew Long

Rating:
Monday, April 2, 2018
I surprised my girlfriend with a date here, we drove an hour and a half only to realize she had forgotten her ID (didn’t know she would need it) however the Oliver staff were very helpful and still made our visit one we will never forget! Thank you guys so much! Strongly recommend this for any occasion! 10/5 stars if I could!

Ken Steinbrook

Rating:
Monday, May 21, 2018
Come just for the scenery. Absolutely beautiful. Wines a plus for those who indulge. Get some wine and take a stroll.

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