There’s just something special about wineries. People from all different backgrounds come together to learn, taste, and enjoy locally-made wine. Indiana is the place for true connoisseurs, whether you prefer a glass of white, red, dry, sweet, semi-sweet, or sparkling wine. From indulging in America’s best tasting room to having a scenic picnic with friends, uncork a perfect experience at these 20 Indiana wineries. This list is part of The 20 IN 20. Begin your decade with a real adventure in 2020 by completing at least 20 of our 400 incredible things to do! Find out more about The 20 IN 20 here.
Travel is permitted, and wineries are allowed to be open, but it is still vital to practice social distancing as we continue to fight COVID-19. Face coverings are required in Indiana, so be sure to mask up when visiting one of these Indiana wineries. Please take precautions, plan ahead, and follow CDC and local guidelines.
Nearly half a million people visit Huber’s Orchard, Winery, & Vineyards in Borden each year. Simon Huber immigrated to southern Indiana from Germany in 1843. He bought 80 acres. Today, more than 18 varieties of grapes are grown on the land. The seventh-generation farm spans 650 acres and serves as a working farm, an orchard, a winery, a distillery, and more.
Yummy fare and delicious wine are awaiting you in Valparaiso. First, Anderson’s Winery and Vineyard bakes a wide array of incredible flatbreads that can then be washed down with any of its red or white wines. Wine tastings are available in the newly renovated tasting room for those that don’t know what to drink yet. Weekends are especially fun at Anderson’s Winery, with concerts taking place in the afternoon each Saturday and Sunday.
As Muncie experiences a craft beer revolution, just north in the village of Royerton, Tonne Winery is experiencing success of its own. For 11 years, Tonne (rhymes with sunny) has produced its variety of wines, including sweet fruits and two Traminettes. While it sources grapes and juice from Michigan, the Pacific Northwest, and upstate New York, Tonne Winery makes a concerted effort to source grapes (particularly Traminette) from Indiana.
Bloomington really is a wine-lovers paradise, as it stakes claim to its second winery on this list. Butler Winery & Vineyards has three locations throughout Indiana, including two in Bloomington and one in Chesterton. Its Vineyard location in Bloomington features an incredible deck overlooking the countryside that has plenty of room for social distancing. Specializing in grape and fruit wines, Butler Winery sources about half of its wine production on-site from its own vineyards!
Monkey Hollow Winery offers up a special experience for fall visitors. The country landscape surrounding the winery will take away all worries, especially with autumn colors abound. Wines at Monkey Hollow are all made from estate-grown grapes and include dry, semi-sweet, and sweet. Claim an outdoor seat and enjoy the crisp breeze!
You may ask, “how did Turtle Run Winery get its name?”. When the owners purchased the farm in 1997, they noticed an abundance of turtles running all around the property. Thus, the name was born! Thirty wines with complex flavors line the menu at Turtle Run Winery, and concerts are taking place almost every weekend. See the entertainment schedule here.
The Ridge Winery prides itself on restoring the wine trade to Vevay. Its location along the Ohio River gives it one of the most scenic views of any winery in the entire state. “Sweet Harvest,” a Niagra grape white wine, might be the best of The Ridge’s award-winning wines. Sip your favorite wine and watch the gentle river float on by!
Just a few miles down the road from Indiana’s first state park, Owen Valley Winey has been hand-crafting its wine for over a decade. The Crimson and Cream wine is a fan favorite! The best day to visit may be “Cheesecake Friday,” when the winery whips up a specialty cheesecake that will blow your socks off!
Ertel Cellars Winery is not only home to a great winery but also an upscale restaurant with delicious food cooked up by Chef Pat and Chef Howard. Enjoy your wine and meal in the sizeable dining area or amongst the beautiful scenery of the vineyards. Ertel Cellars has maintained its own vineyard for over 20 years, which now produces 7 varieties of grapes.
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