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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

  • Oliver Winery

    Since 1972, Oliver wines have reflected the essence of the fruit from which they are made. Bright...

  • Carrousel Winery

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

  • Brown County Winery

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

  • Smith's Winery

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

  • Grape Inspirations Winery

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

  • Satek Winery

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

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Indiana on Snooth

  • Oliver Winery Red Blend Soft Red 2005

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    Wine review by JavaPhish


  • Whyte Horse Winery Chambourcin NV

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    Light, lovely berry flavor. Really enjoyed this, Whyte Horse is definitely on ... on ... in the heart of Indiana : Read More

    Wine review by CandyJaremczuk


  • Oliver Winery Honey Camelot Mead NV

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    Wine review by la dut


  • Whyte Horse Winery Chautauqua Red Rouge NV

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    Light ruby red, like a deep rose. Grape jelly, cherries and other berries, honey and butter on the nose. Cherries and other berries on the palate, but the grapiness is much less noticeable. Honey and butter with a sourness in back and sides of palate that lingers. Light-bodied and relatively simple wine. Read More

    Wine review by la dut


  • Oliver Winery Blackberry NV

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    I'm almost embarassed to like such a sweet wine, but something about blackberry tugs on my heart and make me feel all nostalgic for my Grandpa's homemade wines. Having said that, this is a very sweet wine best served well chilled and as a dessert wine. Read More

    Wine review by la dut


  • Oliver Winery Soft Rose NV

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    I won't say I hate it, but I can't say I love it either. This is my ... and ... and cloying. I love native Indiana wines (even the foxy Catawba, of which this wine is made), but this is clearly geared toward simple drinkers and simple drinking, read more...and is not a wine I take seriousl Read More

    Wine review by la dut


  • Oliver Winery White Blend Soft White NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by mrsjonesjr


  • An interesting column by Jim Lefevere at Forbes on the forces changing or ... ... data from 2010 that shows Indiana wines had a year-over-year 13.1% increase in sales value and 11.2% growth in volume while North Carolina had 9.7% growth in sales value and a 12.6% increase in volume, you can draw a direct deduction of what kind of wines are dri... Read More

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  • Easley Winery Reggae Red NV

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    I love this wine, I also love the Reggae white and blush...great wines for the $ Read More

    Wine review by dragondani73


  • Oliver Winery Honey Camelot Mead NV

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    Not bad for the price, but I found this a little too sweet for my taste. Certainly good for a dessert type setting though. This is the first time I've tried a mead that wasn't made at home so the flavor is a bit more processed than i am used to. I do agree that the bottle is very visually pleasing though (as other reviewers stated). Read More

    Wine review by netofbeing


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