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Indiana Wineries: Sample the Grape of the Hoosier State

When you think of Indiana, the first thing you think of probably isn’t wine. Sweeping farms, yes, small rural towns, yes, busy industry in cities like Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, yes, but wine? That’s something for France or California, right? Wrong.

The Hoosier State is home to many unique wineries and vineyards, each of them bringing their own flare, flavor, and feeling to the wine industry. Indiana wineries range from large Indiana businesses to small, family owned operations, sweeping the whole spectrum of wine-making.

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Take a look at our short list of Indiana wineries below to find a vineyard that suits you:

Chateau Thomas Winery – Located on the west side of Indianapolis, Chateau Thomas Winery features a tasting room, wine bar, veranda area, gift shop and banquet hall.
Easley Winery – Easley Winery is open for tastings and tours seven days a week, and also participates in festivals and events throughout the Circle City.
Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards – Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards is an institution in the Hoosier state, and continues to be one of the Midwest’s most-visited wineries.
Buck Creek Winery – Although it’s one of the newest wineries in Indiana, Buck Creek Winery enjoys a reputation for offering some of the finest wines in the Hoosier state.
Gaia Winery – Gaia Winery is the 19th winery to sprout up in the great vineyard-friendly countryside of Indiana.
French Lick Winery – French Lick Winery is located in West Baden Springs, Indiana Since its inception in 1995, French Lick Winery has become one of the most popular destinations for wine lovers in the state.
Ertel Cellars Winery – Near the small town of Batesville, Indiana lies family-owned winery Ertel Cellars, a popular attraction for Hoosiers, especially in the summertime.
Butler Winery and Vineyards – Butler Winery and Vineyards boasts the honor of being the fourth oldest winery in Indiana, and enjoys the distinction of stocking Southern Indiana’s largest selection of home brewing and wine making supplies.
Chateau de Pique Winery – Seymour, Indiana is home to the beautiful Chateau de Pique Winery, a popular place to visit year-round for Indianapolis citizens.
Lanthier Winery – In the historic town of Madison, Indiana, there are plenty of tourist attractions, but the undisputed favorite is Lanthier Winery.
Whyte Horse Winery – Set in a renovated 1886 farmhouse with the tasting room as the prime draw for eager customers, this beautiful winery is buzzing with visitors year-round.
Oliver Winery – If you’re a wine lover and enjoy taking day trips on a warm summer afternoon, Oliver Winery in Bloomington is a must-see.
Mallow Run Winery – Mallow Run is located in Bargersville, close enough to Indianapolis for a quick day trip, far enough away to hold the quiet charm and beauty of the country.
Madison Vineyards – Madison Vineyards boasts 37 awe-inspiring acres, and offers free wine tastings and weekend vineyard and winery tours.
Grape Inspirations Winery – At Grape Inspirations Winery, you  can do more than just taste some of the Hoosier state’s sweetest wines; you can even make your own to take with you.
Best Vineyards – This charming winery dates back to 2000 and has been a staple of Indiana’s wine scene ever since.
Turtle Run Winery – If you enjoy traveling and want to see some of the Hoosier state and try some of Indiana’s finest wines at the same time, take a trip to the small town of Corydon, where you’ll find one of the best wineries in the Midwest.
Brown County Winery – The goal of Brown County Winery in Nashville, Indiana is to produce high-quality wines at a reasonable price. The wines are a testament to the feel of “little Nashville,” as it’s sometimes referred to.
Carousel Winery – At Carousel Winery, located in the small town of Bedford, Indiana, the philosophy is that wine, like life, should be an adventure.
Indian Creek Winery – Indian Creek Winery is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon relaxing with friends and enjoying some of the Midwest’s best wines.
Satek Winery – Satek Winery, located in the small town of Fremont, Indiana, got its start as a commercial vineyard, selling grapes to other Indiana wineries. The business grew rapidly, and in 2001, the sprawling grounds officially became home to Satek Winery.
Thomas Family Winery – Located in an 1850’s stable and carriage house, Thomas Family Winery provides visitors with a colorful splash of Indianapolis history in addition to some of the best wines in the Midwest.
Windy Knoll Winery – In historic Vincennes, Indiana, lies one of the area’s biggest tourist attractions, known as Windy Knoll Winery.
Winzerwald Winery – German for “vintner of the forest,” Winzerwald is a delightful, unique representation of its owners’ heritage. With a cheery Swiss and German theme, this popular winery entertains locals and visitors alike.

 


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Mike Woods