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Visiting the Midwest for their stellar wine offerings may not be high on the bucket list for any wine aficionado. However, if you find yourself in the heartland of America craving some fantastic wine, there are so many choices for every palate! Check out our favorite Wineries to Visit in Central Indiana.
Wineries to Visit in Central Indiana
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In downtown Indianapolis, this meadery is not to be missed! Tart cherries, strawberries, rhubarb, blackberries, currants, and espresso are just some of the flavor options you can find in their exciting menu of meads. Or is hard cider more your style? That’s fine, pick up some cans while you’re in the tasting room at their Fountain Square location.
At this family-owned vineyard on the southeast side of Indianapolis, $5 will get you a sample of six wines. Reds, whites, sparkling, fruit, and ice wines fill their tasting room menu. Since they’re a little off the beaten path, consider joining their wine club at around $50 per quarter. Or, you could make an event out of your visit and stay for their spring and summer concert performances!
As “Indiana’s only locally-owned California winery,” Peace Water Winery brings some of the California wine experience to the heart of the state. Visit their locations in downtown Carmel or downtown Indianapolis and enjoy that proceeds from your purchase are going to charities, both locally and across the globe.
If you want to enjoy your wine in a more rustic setting, this is the place for you! This small vineyard in West Central Indiana surrounds a 100 year old red barn. Inside of the barn, sample their 15 wines in a cozy setting – complete with a fireplace or a deck for nicer weather.
Just north of Indianapolis in McCordsville, this vineyard is more than just your typical winery. While not typically open to the public, they are available for private events and to members of their Cellar Club. However, one event they’re really known for is their annual grape stomp – just like Lucy does in the infamous scene in I Love Lucy!
Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Easley Winery is Indiana’s oldest family-owned winery. Swing by for wine sampling, plus winery tours and live music on Saturday afternoons during “Groovin’ in the Garden.” With an award-winning wine list, you’ll surely find something! They even make margarita mix and sparkling grape juice.
Offering up 3-6 tons of ripe grapes every year, the vineyards at Mallow Run are worth a visit! Just 20 minutes south of Indianapolis, you’ll find a family-owned operation that prides itself on several award-winning wines. Featuring a plethora of outdoor entertainment (concerts, yoga, and more) and creative events, you’ve got the perfect stop for a romantic afternoon or mom’s day out!
A few minutes north of Indianapolis, Sheridan’s Blackhawk Winery produces wines from American and French-American hybrid grape species with a little help from the Purdue Wine Grape Action Team. With a calendar full of free concerts, candlelight yoga, and even a Wicked Wine Run, a visit to this small (and locally owned) vineyard should be on your list!
Offering complimentary tastings, tours, and nature paths, this is a great stop for a leisurely Saturday afternoon. Literally a hidden gem tucked in between soybean fields in Hamilton County, you won’t find Country Moon’s offerings sold in any store. You’ll be buying your wine directly from the maker!
One of the best kept secrets of Fishers, Indiana is Harmony Winery. Since 2002, they’ve been making award-winning wines in several varieties – including a large collection of dessert wines! They even offer custom batches for yourself and special events.
In the heart of the village of Zionsville, Hopwood Cellars Winery prides themselves on using grapes that are local to its region. Local live music, a yearly grape stomp, and a selection of “kandi wines” bring people through the doors of this establishment. Created by someone who’s passion for wine shows in every custom creation, it’s easy to see why this place is popular in the Central Indiana area.
In the northwest corner of Indianapolis, you’ll find Trader’s Point Winery serving up two dozen wines as one of Indiana’s newest wineries. One of their most popular wines, The PB&J, tastes just like a sandwich, but a little boozier.
The Carmel, Indiana tasting room is a great place to visit for the seasoned wine drinker, as well as the wine newbie. Creating wine from grapes sourced from their Montgomery County vineyard and California, New York, Oregon and South America, you’re bound to discover some very distinctive flavors!
Growing their own grapes on two separate vineyards in central Indiana, Brandywine Creek is one of the newest wineries to pop-up in central Indiana. Owned & operated by a local couple, the tasting room is cozy and homey – just waiting for visitors to come down and enjoy some wine.
In the Indianapolis suburb of Plainfield, Country Heritage Winery is open seven days a week for wine tastings, porch sitting, live music, and even a Food Truck Friday!
Did you like these Wineries to Visit in Central Indiana? If you think Indiana is just fly over country for winos, think again! Indiana continues to expand their wine offerings for new & seasoned winos. Who knew that vineyards could be such a thing in the flat (and not-so-boring) midwest?
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