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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...

  • 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

  • Thomas Family Winery

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

  • Carrousel Winery

    The new small family owned winery is just 3 years old. The owners, Marion & Sue Wilson, handcraft...

  • Huber Orchard Winery

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

  • Satek Winery

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

  • Winzerwald Winery

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

  • 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

  • Oliver Winery Valdiguié 2007


    Red fruit on the nose, mostly raspberry with some currant. Jammy. The tannins were very present and right up front. Read More

    Wine review by snglmltrblnd84

  • Oliver Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009


    With Lodi fruit and a good balance, jammy aromas and dark fruit finish this was a very good Cab that could compete with the best. Read More

    Wine review by snglmltrblnd84

  • Today I had the opportunity to try multiple wines from a great Hoosier winery, ... their compatibility to the Indiana climate, had some great and unique varidals; and Oliver's premium Cab sauv features the best lodi fruit. All and all I think today was a great da Read More

    Forum post in the topic Today: What I Did Today

  • Easley Winery Reggae Red NV


    I thought I didn't like wine. Then I tried this! I've other sweet red wines and liked some of them too! Now I know I like red dessert wines. But this one is my fav! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Huber Orchard Winery Malbec 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • So I just go back from my 2-week road trip driving cross country to visit my ... Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana and home to Michigan.  It was a super fun trip that I would do again in a heartbeat, so for those of you who live in the Northwest, you should appreciate the Walla Walla Valley even mor Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Recent Road Trip to Walla...

  • Kraken Black Spiced Rum NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster

  • Oliver Winery Honey Camelot Mead NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Christan82

  • Oliver Fruit Strawberry NV


    Awful. I generally love Oliver wines, but this one tastes like cough syrup. Read More

    Wine review by AmandaD1981

  • Oliver Winery Red Blend Soft Red NV


    I love this wine. It has a natural grape taste,with a natural sweetness. Some budget reds have dry bitterness to them with an overly sugary sweetness. Not so with this wine. Try with italian bread, pepperoni, and good Italian cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by natur

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