Looking for something exciting to do on a sunny day in Indianapolis? Check out Easley Winery, located on 205 North College Avenue. This Indiana winery is open for tastings and tours seven days a week, and also participates in Indianapolis festivals and events throughout the Circle City.
Easley Winery is featured annually at the eagerly anticipated Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival, which takes place in beautiful Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. The Indianapolis event boasts the participation of several local Indianapolis restaurants and (perhaps more importantly) 24 different Indiana wineries. Easley Winery is one of the most impressive, it’s claim to fame being that it’s the oldest family owned winery in the state of Indiana.
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Easley Winery opened in 1974 and offers up to 25 different wines on a daily basis. The winery was the vision of Jack and Joan Easley, an Indianapolis couple whose favorite pastime was making their own wine in the basement of their Indy home. Jack and Joan dreamed of distributing their wine throughout the state, but at that time, in the late ’60’s, prohibition made this impossible. So the Easleys invested in a small vineyard in Michigan, where it was legal to make and distribute wine.
The Easleys quickly grew tired of driving back and forth to Michigan on country roads, and decided to see if the Indiana prohibition laws could be changed. Fortunately, there were others in the area who felt the same way the Easleys did, and eventually the group’s dream became a reality. The Indiana law was changed to allow wineries in 1974, and the quaint, charming Easely Winery was born.
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Sadly, Jack Easley passed away in 1977, but Joan still works at the winery seven days a week. Hoosiers love to go in and visit Joan and hear her story as they participate in the Grapes to Glass Winery Tour, which is offered every weekend. Easely also offers a variety of special events in the summer, such as the rockin’ summer concert series offered in the outdoor wine garden on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The free Indianapolis music series, aptly named “Groovin’ in the Garden,” boasts carryout from several Circle City restaraunts, such as Bazbeaux Pizza Restaurant and Santorini’s. And, of course, plenty of wine accompanies the music and snacks. Each week, Easley offers a different special drink during the concerts, such as sangria or “Reggae Jam.”
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Not only does Easely Winery offer special events and live music, they also offer classes to would-be Hoosier winemakers. The emphasis is on “winemaking with fresh fruit” and everyone is encouraged to attend, especially beginners. The class is offered on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $30 per session.
The charming, quiet little dream of Jack and Joan Easley has come a long way since opening it’s doors in 1974. Easley has been serving and educating Indianapolis citizens for over 40 years, and has evolved into a successful downtown business that continues to thrive and flourish today.
So the next time you’re looking for things to do in Indianapolis, stop by Easley Winery and say hello to Joan. Take a leisurely tour of the beautiful grounds and partake in free tastings of the most delicious wine in Indiana. You won’t leave disappointed!
205 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202