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The Hoosier State is Home to Wines and Tradition

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When I think of popular American wines, I think of Napa Valley and northern California. Recently, I’ve learned that Indiana offers many homegrown wines that are quite popular in the Hoosier state. Indiana Artisans are Hoosiers who are in the business of using Indiana raw products to create works of art.

Steve Thomas, the owner of Thomas Family Winery in Madison, IN has been in the business for quite a while. Steve is a third generation winemaker and often his grandfather, Gale is credited as being the first professional winemaker in Indiana.

Steve and his wife began their business as a classic pub where people could relax and have fun. Steve said wine should be enjoyed by everyone, “Wine doesn’t need to be stuffy and special. Everyone should drink what their pocketbooks allow them.”

Thomas Family Winery calls their products, “timeless works of art.” In my opinion any business with that much passion and integrity in their products is worth checking out!

If you visit the winery in Madison, you’ll see a variety of wines available as well as hard cider. You should know that tastings end at 5pm and they are on a first-come, first sit down basis. The scenery of the Winery can’t be beat; the building was constructed in the mid 1850’s and is in one of the oldest parts of Madison.

If you’re in Indianapolis you can try some of Thomas Family Winery’s products at the Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Broad Ripple, a north suburb of Indy.

You’re in for a treat!

Indiana ArtisanThomas Family Winery is a juried member of Indiana Artisan – the official organization to review, recognize and promote the work of Indiana’s highest-quality art and food artisans. Find out more about Thomas Family Winery by visiting their bio page on or by visiting

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