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The Indiana wine industry began in the 1790s when Jean-Jacques Dufour, winemaker for the Marquis de Lafayette, met Senator Henry Clay in Lexington, Kentucky. Dufour received backing from various statesmen, including Clay, and bought 600 acres on the Ohio River to plant grapes. Some of these territories were located in Indiana, most notably Vevay. While the European grapes didn’t fare well in their new environment, the local Cape (Catawba) variety was hardy and strong. “Vevay Wine” began to perform well in local markets, and other commercial vineyard sites were planted. At one point in the late 19th century, the banks of the Ohio River were known as  the “Rhineland of America.” However, a combination of economic problems, the Civil War, plus vine rot and diseases lay waste to most of the vineyards. The Prohibition sealed their fate. Things turned around in 1971 when the Small Winery Act allowed winemakers to sell directly to the public. In 1989, the Indiana Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Indiana View all

  • Chambourcin

    Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Va...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Indiana View all

  • Smith's Winery

    We specialize in home and special events wine tastings and caters to fit anyone's busy schedules....

  • Ferrin's Fruit Winery

    Located in the quaint, old-town Arts & Design District of Carmel Indiana, Ferrin's Fruit Winery o...

  • Huber Orchard Winery

    When in 1843, Simon Huber settled this Southern Indiana farm, he brought with him from Baden-Bade...

  • Windy Knoll Winery

    Windy Knoll Winery is a family owned business that started as a hobby. A small vineyard wast star...

  • Winzerwald Winery

    Winzerwald Winery (German for “vintner of the forest”) is owned by Dan and Donna Adams, and is lo...

  • Thomas Family Winery

    Thomas Family Winery is proud of their hand-crafted, traditional wines and old-world ciders made ...

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Indiana on Snooth

  • Cheers Snooth Community!  A leading Wine Company based in Indiana is looking to hire a skilled Associate Winemaker. This is a key position within the winemaking department as this person will own day-to-day production operations.  We’re looking for someone who understands all processes in winemaking - from growing grapes to delivering the finish... Read More

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  • I seem to like all wines.  The best I have ever had was Cakebread. ... to ... to take him to Turtle Run in Indiana because I hear they have wonderful sweet wines.  What type of wine am I looking for?  Some say Riesling and some say Gewurztraminer.  I know he likes the Barefoot Sweet Red, Beringer and Barefoot Pink and Red Moscato, and beringer... Read More

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  • In some cases it's not a state thing, even though it's a state ... ... ... there, but now I live in Indiana, and some wineries will ship here while others won't.  When I asked the response was that it depended on where they were licensed, and many wineries use an outsourced licensing agent that only includes certain states and would charge ext... Read More

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  • Oliver Winery Red Blend Soft Red NV

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    Was never a wine drinker, I don't like bitter, I love sweet and someone suggested this for being a great sweet wine and boy were they right this is so good. I now stock my fridge with this bottle of wine and the great part it's not that expensive Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Easley Winery Reggae Red NV

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    I love this wine but is hard to locate in the stores here in Michigan. Read More

    Wine review by Lady Gee


  • What are they planting, Pellidon?  The New York Times today had an article ... right for it in all parts of Indiana, but might be a candidate.&nbs Read More

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  • Huber's Sweet Marcella Sweet Huber's Orchard & Winery Indiana Starlight Concord

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    No written review

    Wine review by DBrooks360


  • Easley Winery Reggae Red NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by drumgirl


  • Easley Winery Pink Catawba NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by drumgirl


  • Oliver Winery Bean Blossom Blush NV

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    This is a very good Zinfandel. I really enjoyed this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Sevenone2


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