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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Brown County Winery

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

  • Thomas Wines

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

  • Smith's Winery

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

  • Easley Winery

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

  • Satek Winery

    Satek Winery started as a commercial vineyard, selling grapes to other Indiana wineries, in 1992....

  • Simmons Winery

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

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Indiana on Snooth

  • 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


  • Brown County Winery-Vista NV

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    Love, love, love this wine! Read More

    Wine review by Sevenone2


  • Last night was the last of this year's Rockpile Vineyard dinners, hosted by ... Dave Tallent of Bloomington, Indiana's best restaurant.  I don't have a ton of time to post right now (and no pix at the moment) but the wines were:  Sauv Blanc at the winery while we waited for the guests to show (the white DCV winemakers tell me they all drink), R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight-...


  • Welcome to Snooth, Pellidon.  My wife's parents are from Indiana.  In the early 1980s they returned from a visit, there, with a bottle of Pinot Chardonnay from a winery called Banholzer.  Yes, way back when, American winemakers referred to it as "Pinot Chardonnay."  By 1982 most of the California wineries had corrected themselves, but I guess In... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Greetings from Central Indiana. Not much to say here. I like local wineries around Indiana and when I am on the road. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • French Lick Winery Blackberry Blackberry Wine NV

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    Did not like at all! Terrible tasting wine! Read More

    Wine review by Sevenone2


  • French Lick Winery Rhubarb

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    Did not like at all! The smell was horrible and the taste was even worse!!! Read More

    Wine review by Sevenone2


  • Oliver Winery Red Blend Soft Red 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Schwamys


  • Easley Winery Reggae Blush NV

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    Great summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by cardinalchic19


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