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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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Indiana View all

  • Grape Inspirations Winery

    The fruit of the vine has inspired many of us over the years. We at Grape Inspirations Winery a...

  • Brown County Winery

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

  • Turtle Run Winery

    At Turtle Run, experience the passion of winemaking at it’s fullest. Whether it’s a full bodied r...

  • Simmons Winery

    Simmons Winery was opened in June of 2000. It is located on our 120 year old farm. We have 12 1/...

  • Butler Winery and Vineyards

    Officially opened in June 2008, our newest location is just ten minutes south of the Indiana Dune...

  • Windy Knoll Winery

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

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Indiana on Snooth

  • Oliver Winery Harvest Flavors Strawberry NV

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    If you like strawberries, this is it. Sweet but balanced, a nice fruit wine for pairing with beef, or to use as a dessert wine. Read More

    Wine review by staggerwing50


  • Chateau Thomas Winery Sweet Sherry NV

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    Sweet red, very fruity. Goes great with steak or other boldly flavored beef. Read More

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  • Chateau Thomas Winery Quatri Blanc NV

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    White and sweet, goes well with poultry. Strong hints of peach flavor (flower of peach). Read More

    Wine review by staggerwing50


  • Satek Winery Perfect Ending 2006

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    A sweet dessert wine, but quite bubbly. Goes well with chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by staggerwing50


  • Satek Winery Blackberry NV

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    Sweet red, lots of flavor. They combine this with chocolate sauce, which is sinfully good and not to be missed. Read More

    Wine review by staggerwing50


  • Satek Winery 101 Lakes NV

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    Semi-sweet, big Concord flavor. Very smooth and easy on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by staggerwing50


  • Oliver Winery Red Blend Soft Red NV

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    A nice, soft table wine. A cross between a blush and a red, works well with any food. Good budget wine, easy tasting and smooth. Read More

    Wine review by staggerwing50


  • Huber Winery Lakeside White NV

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    This wine hits my soft spot for locally produced wines. This is a nice light off dry white. The winery does not specify the variety. 11% alc content. It has a nice color and aromatic citrus nose. It "tickles the tongue" nicely. A very drinkable and enjoyable simple wine. Read More

    Wine review by rhill2990


  • Huber Winery Heritage Indiana Table Wine 2006

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    This is a very nice wine. At 12% alcohol level it is inviting with slightly dry tannins. I enjoyed this wine very much with pasta. Read More

    Wine review by rhill2990


  • I recently visited two wineries on a trip through Kentucky and into Indiana. Over the weekend my wife and I stayed at a nice B and B in the Ohio River Valley in Southern Indiana. We stayed at the Leavenworth Inn which is on a bluff overlooking a horseshoe bend in the Ohio River. This is a very nicely restored Inn originally built in the 1850'... Read More

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