Last month, I had the chance to visit the Winzerwald Winery on the way home from a trip to Evansville. It’s a small winery, in Perry County, set back from I-64 (you can see it as you head east toward Louisville and Corydon), but it’s a quaint little winery that makes and sells German and Swiss-style and Indiana wines.
The winery is run by Dan and Donna Adams, who both come from German wine making families. According to their website, Dan’s ancestors were also coopers (barrel makers). According to family legend, Dan’s great-grandfather could change a stave in a barrel without losing a single drop of wine.
The Adams’ little winery produces some very good Indiana wines, which I’m also more than willing to try (I’m a bit of a homer when it comes to Indiana wines and beers). And the view of the winery and surrounding countryside is gorgeous, and worth the stop.
I enjoyed the drier wines (I’m not a sweet wine fan) during my tasting, and I even liked a couple of the semi-sweets. That’s not to say there’s something wrong with sweet wines, I just have never liked them. I even got to choose a bottle to take home when I finished, so I picked the 8th Anniversary Blaufränkisch, which was my favorite. In fact, I think it was one of the best Indiana wines I’ve tried in quite some time.
Visitors to the winery can try free tastings of their different wines, visit the gift shop, spend some time out in the wine garden, or participate in different winery and wine trail events. There are even guided tours, although you need an appointment.
Winzerwald is open Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays) all year long, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. And although nearby Evansville is on Central Time, Winzerwald is on Eastern time, so plan accordingly.
I’m guessing that the best time to go is in the fall, only because of the surrounding trees and hills. The fall colors and slight chill would be a great way to enjoy a little bit of Germany in southern Indiana. So if you find yourself driving between Louisville and Evansville, take exit 72 off I-64, head south to Indian Lake Road (SR 62), and head east about a mile until you see the sign for Winzerwald Winery. It’s worth the short detour.