Don’t Whine…Wine in Southern Indiana
With five wineries, historic bed and breakfast, restaurants and many things to do…why not plan a getaway to Corydon, in southern Indiana?
The area’s five winemakers share a passion for the grape and welcome visitors to sample their award winning wines. Each of Corydon’s wineries has its own uniqueness from a retired couple whose hobby just got a little out of hand, to a winemaker that is a viticulture educator. Their stories are different and their approaches to wine making unique.
Quibble Hill Winery 338 Gowers Lane NWDepauw, IN 502-424-9559 www.quibblehillwinery.com/
This winery is located on the owners family farm. Jamie and Steve Kraft began clearing a patch of land and built a two-story log cabin to house the winery. The found their love of the grape as they toured wineries–one of their favorite hobbies. They began making their own wines and sharing their experience. They now have 160 vines and make a variety of wines that are available in the tasting room of the Quibble Hill Winery.
Scout Mountain Winery 2145 Scout Mountain Rd.Corydon, IN 47112 877-351-8607 www.scoutmountainwinery.com/
Mike and Margaret Schad have been making wine for about 20 years however, Scout Mountain has been open just a few years. The wines are sweet, fruity flavors that wine travelers can sample in the tasting room. Visitors can also spend the night at the on property’s bed and breakfast–a 1920’s built home. In the fall, 100 apple trees are ripe for the picking. Also on the property are heirloom vegetable and herb plants and produce is for sale in the spring and summer. The Schad’s offer tips and expert advice for home vegetable and fruit growing..
Best Vineyards 8373 Morgans Lane Elizabeth, IN 812-969-9463 www.bestvineyardswinery.com/
Wilbert Best and his two sisters, Rachel and Berretta are the owners of Best Vineyards. The three went into business after Wilbert purchased some farmland in 2000. The idea was to make a few extra bucks and start a new hobby, the three decided to grow some grapes to sell. The farm’s 2,500 vines now provide fruit for Best Vineyard’s own wines. Wine can be enjoyed at the farm’s tasting room, which is so inviting, even the neighbor’s dogs can’t stay away.
Indian Creek Winery 6491 County Line Road, Georgetown 502-396-6209 indiancreekwinery.org/
Indian Creek winery started as a hobby but quickly became a thriving business. Mark and Mary Jane Kendell opened the winery upon retirement. The couple travels by car to hand pick grapes and juices from some of the nation’s finest vineyards, stopping at local wineries along the way. Complimentary tastings of the winery’s seven different varieties are available at their tasting room.
Turtle Run Winery 940 St Peters Church Rd NE Corydon 812-952-2650 turtlerunwinery.com
For more information on Corydon visit the links below. This winery was the first to open in Harrison County. Owner Jim Pfeiffer is loaded with knowledge he shares with visitors. He has the in-depth wine-making facts and history. A professor of viticulture, Pfeiffer can even guess what types of wine travelers enjoy by the kind of food they like to eat. Turtle Run’s more than 30 wines include specific selections named after each of Jim and wife Laura’s three children. Barrel aged and crafted in the old French style, the Pfeiffers’ wines have won awards and accolades, including Turtle Run’s Traminette being ranked as one of the top 10 wines in the world under $20.There is much to do in Corydon. While visiting the wineries be sure to allow time for the Civil War battle field, caves and caverns, Indians first capitol, Leora Brown School and much more. There is an affordable selection of places to stay from historic B&B to modern hotels and a river boat casino. For more information visit www.thisisIndiana.org or call 888-738-2137. In May is Southern Indiana Uncorked Festival visit www.southernindianauncorked.com/ for dates and times.
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