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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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  • Chambourcin

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Easley Winery

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

  • Simmons Winery

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

  • Turtle Run Winery

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

  • Windy Knoll Winery

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

  • Wilson Wines

    In 1989 John's job took him to California and an idea was born which would pull these diverse f...

  • Winzerwald Winery

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

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