Indiana is home to a flourishing wine industry, with wine trails waiting to be explored by casual wine drinkers and connoisseurs alike. As Indiana’s wine-grape horticulture continues to grow, be sure to stop into one of these 8 excellent wineries, crafting artisan vintage from superb fruit.
Local guests pronounce the name a dozen different ways, but they all say, “Mmmm!” Tonne Winery on the north side of Muncie features a 1500 square-foot tasting room decorated with the work of local artists. Regularly, an evening of live music and tasting allows you to sip in good company with local connoisseurs.
Is there anything the Nashville doesn't have? Our treasured little town of Nashville in the south of the state is home to the perfect blend of nature and refinement. The Brown County Winery features local wines of excellent quality and craftsmanship, and (oh joy!) offers free tastings daily. In addition to their winery, they also have two separate tasting rooms. BCW is also a stop on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail.
Not only is this also a stop on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, but it's also close to the majestic and opulent French Lick Hotel and Resort. During your weekend getaway at the resort, featured in the 15 most romantic spots in Indiana, enjoy a fine Italian meal at the Vintage Café and sip a local vintage from the French Lick Winery.
The elegant tasting room and grounds of Oliver Winery are truly beautiful. With the nationally-recognized Creekbed Vineyard not far away supplying much of Oliver's wine, the setting for this stunning winery is incomparable. If you book an appointment, you can tour the Creekbed Vineyard, which is, in a word, gorgeous. Oliver's tasting room also hosts several festivals as well as private events.
At Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard, you can sip artisan wines surrounded by the beauty of northern Indiana and Amish country, perhaps after a shopping spree at Shipshewana. For a small fee, at your first tasting of the calendar year, you can get a card that will waive your tasting fees for the rest of the calendar year as long as you present your card whenever you come back. Currently, Fruit Hills only holds weekend hours—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
One house. One business. Dozens of delicious offerings. Wildcat Creek Winery is a Hoosier winery dedicated to providing a wide selection of perfect wines from Midwest grapes. Their tasting room is a homey, inviting house that is open seven days a week, ready to provide a relaxing escape for you and a friend while sampling the fruits of their craftsmanship. Outdoors, there is a Greek pergola with picnic tables for a group tasting experience in the lovely Indiana breeze.
The seasonal winery is unique and exclusive to Indiana … they won't even ship to an address outside the state. It's a treat you can only enjoy when you're in here in the Hoosier state, so make sure to sample the “fruitshine” while you're here. Every piece of fruit is cultivated, harvested, and turned into wine there at the winery, and all using 100 percent natural means and methods. It's a truly unique Indiana treasure that will have you visiting again and again.
Want to make a weekend of wine tasting? Want to experience even more Indiana wines on a nicely laid-out trail around the beautiful Indiana south? Check out the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, which is basically a grape-flavored pub crawl. During Wine Trail events, participating wineries and tasting rooms coordinate their offerings to provide you with an unforgettable tasting trail.