Open Year Round
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.
Great winery with amazing wines, cider, and mead. $5 tasting for 8 tasting glasses and they offer free tours as well. Be sure to grab a couple of bottles, some cheese, bread, and meat to enjoy on the patio when the weather is nice out. They also offer live music on weekends during the summer.
A top-notch winery in Indiana? You betcha! They have a wide range of varietals and taste profiles from very sweet, fruity wines to big, bold, dry reds.
The best and, I believe, the oldest Indiana winery. The grounds are beautiful and the staff is very friendly and helpful. They have a wide selection of wines, not just the typical sweet wines that are so common in Midwestern wineries.
Barbara was very knowledgeable and assisted with purchasing the best wine. Kip gave us our discount. Thanks all. Great place to last minute Christmas shop.
They have wonderful wine and the grounds are simply beautiful! Oliver Winery is a must stop for anyone passing through the Bloomington area and a regular hang out for anyone who lives there!
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