While heading down to IU Basketball games in the winter, we always drive past Oliver Winery just north of Bloomington. I visited years ago and always mention to my husband that I’d like to stop. But it never works out because we are always trying to make it to tip-off. Well a few weeks ago it did work out.Headed down to Bloomington on a beautiful Saturday for a Willie Nelson concert on IU’s campus, we had enough time to stop by Oliver. It was the first beautiful day of spring, and we were hoping we were the only ones to plan a visit. Not so much the case.We waited a bit to try and finagle our way to the tasting bar, but had no luck. What I wish I would have known … they just opened another tasting location in downtown Bloomington. That will certainly be a stop next visit! (They do charge a nominal fee of $5 for wine tasting which features more than 30 wines. This is a great way to make sure you find the perfect wine for your next dinner party!)
After perusing their selection of wines and choosing some perfect gifts, we walked around the beautiful grounds. They offer an assortment of gourmet picnic foods and visitors are welcome to bring a friend and enjoy a lazy afternoon by their pond … with a bottle of your favorite wine of course! When you plan your visit to Oliver, here are a few notes to keep in mind:
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