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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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  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chambourcin

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Brown County Winery

    Brown County Winery was established in 1985 by David and Cynthia Schrodt. Dave was a winemaker an...

  • Winzerwald Winery

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

  • Thomas Wines

    During more than 25 years, the growth of the winery has been remarkable, with production levels a...

  • Easley Winery

    Great wines are meant to be shared, and at Easley Winery, we've been producing high-quality win...

  • Thomas Family Winery

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

  • Smith's Winery

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

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Indiana on Snooth

  • Oliver Winery Red Blend Soft Red NV


    this is so soft and refreshing. I live in WV so I can not purchase it. My family still lives in Indiana, so I pray I can get some one to send a couple to 3 cases here. Excellent wine. best i have ever tasted Read More

    Wine review by cwranch178

  • Oliver Winery Red Blend Soft Red NV


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    Wine review by cwranch178

  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, etc. The people trying to make serious wine get really frustrated because they get lumped into the same category and some of them just haven't been able to make it, partly because they were never taken seriously.But Ohio does in fact grow Merlot, Cab, and many othe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for some reason...

  • Oliver Winery Soft Rose 2008


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    Wine review by Justme5153

  • Sal (your new nickname, sorry): Thanks for bringing a thread NOT about leg ... ... leave me wondering:  If Indiana wine would not be anywhere near it is today without people like Carl, where exactly is it today?GregT, I'm glad you value my opinion on at least one agricultural product.  Too bad it's not grapes, but maybe I could review pozole o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Today: What I Did Today

  • "One thing Indiana and Illinois did better than Cali when I was a kid was corn.  My uncle from downstate Illinois would call our corn "field corn," the kind they gave to the cows and after I visited him, I had to agree." Still the same. Read More

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  • I just stumbled on this. I worked for Carl Banholzer when his fledgling winery ... ... a pioneer. Michigan and Indiana wines are still trying to establish a foothold, but without pioneers like Carl, we wouldn't be anywhere near where we are toda Read More

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  • Cedar Creek Winery Dark Secret American Pinot Noir NV


    Cherry on the nose. Fruity with light acidity and a tannin less finish. Variety ... enjoyable. Good effort from Indian Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Its hard  to please three people with different tastes.Agree. ... ... Cabernet Sauvignons, even in Indiana.  Contrary to what most think of the image of wine geeks, I, and many of us, here, are very OK with some of the high volume California producers.  They make very reliable wines and sell it at a fair price.  Being high volume, they are als... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello 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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