Southeast Indiana has been one of the United States' most prominent wine production regions since the 18th century, known as the birthplace of the county's modern wine industry by the 19th century. The state is home to two designated American Viticultural Areas, including the Ohio River Valley AVA and the Indiana Uplands AVA, the latter of which is home to the nationally-renowned Oliver Winery. Visitors can explore the attractions of the beautiful Indiana Wine Trail, which travels throughout the state's southeastern region and showcases quaint family farm wineries and historic wine cellars.

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1.At The Barn Winery

At The Barn Winery
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At The Barn Winery is a charming Logan Township winery that is owned and operated by retirees Deb and Don Stutz, who bring more than 45 years of amateur winemaking experience to operations at the family's 1870 farm barn. A wide variety of small-batch dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wines are produced on a constantly rotating basis, including delicious blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and peach fruit wines. Wine tastings are offered to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between April and November, available for free. Visitors can also attend wine painting events, porch sign and wine crafting workshops, and live music performances throughout the year.

4152 N Dearborn Rd, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025, Phone: 513-519-8745

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2.Belgian Horse Winery

Belgian Horse Winery
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Belgian Horse Winery is a charming small-batch winery owned and operated by the Harter family, known for six generations of farming and horse breeding experience in the Middletown, Indiana region. The winery is named in honor of the family's tradition of selling and breeding Belgian horses, including several prominent 19th-century colts that went on to win significant international horse-pulling championships. Visitors can taste the company's line of delicious grape and fruit wines, including high-quality raspberry, blackberry, pineapple, and apple wines, at regular wine tasting hours Wednesday through Sunday afternoons and evenings. Live music performances are presented on Wednesday evenings, highlighting the talents of local musicians and bands.

7200 W County Rd 625 N, Middletown, IN 47356, Phone: 765-779-3002

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3.Blackhawk Winery

Blackhawk Winery
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Blackhawk Winery was originally opened in 2011 by married duo Deb and John Miller, housed on the couple's five-acre farm field in Sheridan, which had previously been used for soybean crop production. Today, the company produces unique wines crafted from Midwestern-grown grape hybrid varieties, resulting in unusual wine varietals outside the box of traditional winery selections. Notable wine varieties sold include Marquette, Maréchal Foch, Seyval, Catawba, and Cayuga White. Guests can also sample fruit wines such as blackberry, cherry, lemon, and cranberry at the company's 2,500-square-foot tasting room and production facility, which is home to an elegant tasting bar. Advance reservations are required for groups of eight or more, along with a non-refundable reservation deposit.

28153 W Ditch Rd, Sheridan, IN 46069, Phone: 317-771-2814

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4.Brown County Winery

Brown County Winery
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Brown County Winery was originally opened by Cynthia and Dave Schrodt in 1986 in a storefront within the heart of Nashville, Indiana's historic downtown village. The winery, which now operates a second location in nearby Gnaw Bone, produces a delicious selection of dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wines crafted from French hybrid grapes, including high-quality seasonal blends. Fruit and dessert wines are also crafted from berries and fruits such as plums, blackberries, and cranberries, available according to seasonal harvests. Tasting room visitors can view winery operations through floor-to-ceiling glass windows at the Gnaw Bone facility or taste wines at both locations. Gift items are also sold at both locations, including wines by the case and wine accessories.

4520 State Rd 46, Nashville, IN 47448, Phone: 812-988-6144

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5.Buck Creek Winery

Buck Creek Winery
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Buck Creek Winery is one of Indianapolis' premiere wineries, originally founded in 2006 by award-winning amateur winemaker Jeff Durm. Since its opening, the winery has won more than 100 medals and awards at the prestigious Indy International Wine Competition. As Marion County's only estate vineyard and winery, the winery maintains 4.5 acres of private vineyard land, located within Indianapolis' southeastern corner. Visitors can taste six wines of their choosing as part of year-round tasting opportunities, available every day at the company's public Indianapolis tasting room. Live music performances throughout the spring and summer months highlight regional and national touring acts, hosted at the winery's outdoor pavilion.

11747 Indian Creek Rd S, Indianapolis, IN 46259, Phone: 317-862-9463

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6.Butler Winery and Vineyards

Butler Winery and Vineyards
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Butler Winery and Vineyards are Indiana's fourth-oldest winery, originally founded in 1983 by Susan and Jim Butler. The beautiful Bean Blossom Valley vineyard, which is located within the Indiana Uplands AVA, offers three winery locations throughout the Bloomington region, all open to the public seven days a week. The company's main Bloomington vineyards location offers cellar tours on weekends, elaborating on the winery's production process. Tasting rooms also offer samples of high-quality red, white, sparkling, and fruit wines at the company's downtown Bloomington and nearby Chesterton tasting rooms. Indoor and outdoor seating is offered at all locations, including seasonal outdoor patios for enjoying wines by the bottle or by the glass.

6200 E Robinson Rd, Bloomington, IN 47408, Phone: 812-332-6660

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7.Carousel Winery

Carousel Winery
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Carousel Winery was originally opened in Mitchell, Indiana by Marion and Sue Wilson, founded in 2003. Since its opening, the winery has received hundreds of national and international awards for its unique red, white, spiced, and fruit wines, including unique pomegranate and cherry wines and the company's award-winning White Dove White blend. Tasting hours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of major holidays and special event closures. Guests can sample their choice of more than a dozen fine wines for a nominal fee. Six acres of beautiful picnic and lawn space is offered for enjoying wines and bring-your-own food, flanked by rows of sample French-American hybrid grapes on display. The winery also showcases the artistic works of Sue Wilson and other Mitchell-area artists, presented each first Saturday of the month as part of Artist on Review events.

6058 Lawrenceport Rd, Mitchell, IN 47446, Phone: 812-849-1005

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8.Cedar Creek Winery and Brew Co.

Cedar Creek Winery and Brew Co.
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Cedar Creek Winery and Brew Co. is Morgan City's first winery, originally opened in 2010 by the Elsner family. The winery, which now offers a second tasting room location in downtown Nashville, produces high-quality sweet, semi-sweet, and dessert wines, along with an extensive selection of barrel-aged variants, including Valpolicella, Malbec, Shiraz, and Traminette varietals. Winery tastings and tours are offered on site at the winery's Morgan City location, which is also home to a brewery and distillery producing craft beers and spirits. Special events hosted at the winery throughout the year include an annual Drink at the Creek concert series, which offers live music performances May through October.

3820 Leonard Rd, Martinsville, IN 46151, Phone: 765-342-9000

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9.Chateau Thomas Winery

Chateau Thomas Winery
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Chateau Thomas Winery has been in operation out of Plainfield for more than three decades, known for bringing a taste of European Old World elegance and refinery to the Hoosier state. The winery is one of Indiana's most acclaimed producers, receiving more than 7,000 awards and medals from regional and international throughout its operation and have been served to international luminaries at events such as the Academy Awards. Wines can be purchased at more than 200 retail locations throughout Indiana or can be tasted at the company's public tasting room, which is home to an elegant tasting bar. Wine varieties available for sampling include the winery's renowned Slender wine, the first carbohydrate-free, naturally-sweetened wine in the world. Winery tours are also available by appointment, showcasing the company's winemaking processes and operations.

6291 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, IN 46168, Phone: 317-837-9463

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10.Country Heritage Winery

Country Heritage Winery
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Country Heritage Winery is a family-owned and operated winery housed on the Blueberry Acres family farm of Jennifer and Jeremy Lutter, originally opened to the public in 2011. Since its opening, the winery has been noted as the most-awarded winery in the nation and has crafted more than two dozen regionally-recognized wines, including a Traminette selected as the best of its varietal in the state in 2012. Other grape varietals cultivated include Marquette, Marechal Foch, La Crescent, Vignoles, and Concord. Two complimentary daily tastings are offered at the company's public tasting room, with additional tastings available for purchase for a nominal fee. Free winery tours are offered twice daily on Saturdays, led by experienced wine experts. A showroom sells locally-produced edibles and home items, including fine chocolates and wine accessories.

185 Co Rd 68, Laotto, IN 46763, Phone: 260-637-2980

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11.Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard

Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard
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Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard is owned and operated by married duo Michele and David Muir and their family, located approximately two miles from Bristol, Indiana. The winery, which was opened to the public in 2010, is located on the Muir family farm, which has produced apples and other produce since 1852. Two acres of vineyards harvest grape varietals such as Frontenac Gris, Marquette, Vignole, Traminette, and special hardy red Petit Pearl grapes. Fruit wines can also be sampled at the company's public tap room, including apple and peach wines and hard ciders. A spacious outdoor deck and porch are offered for seasonal relaxation with wines by the glass or by the bottle.

55503 IN-15, Bristol, IN 46507, Phone: 574-848-9463

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12.Harmony Winery

Harmony Winery
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Harmony Winery is the passion project of Kevin and Tatyana Campbell, who have been producing amateur wines since 2001 and have received a plethora of regional and national awards for their efforts. The winery, which began as an extension of their home-based Outtavine winemaking and instruction company, is located in Indianapolis suburb Fisher and has received major awards from the Indy International Wine Competition for its high-quality wine selection. Grapes and juices from around the world are used to craft red, wine, dessert, and fruit wines, including rarer varietals such as Gewurztraminer, Viognier, and Chilean Malbec. Visitors can enjoy glasses of wine from the company's public tasting bar and chat directly with the owners, who are frequently on site during evening and weekend public hours.

7350 Village Square Ln, Fishers, IN 46038, Phone: 317-585-9463

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13.Huber's Orchard and Winery

Huber's Orchard and Winery
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Huber's Orchard and Winery is Indiana's largest wine grape producer, harvesting more than 400,000 pounds of grapes each year from the winery's private vineyards. More than 18 varieties of grapes are produced on the winery's 550-acre farm, which also grows fruits, vegetables, and seasonal flora. Winery guests can sample high-quality dry, semi-sweet, sweet, dessert, and port wines at the company's public loft tasting bar, housed within a restored 1938 barn adjacent to an underground wine cellar. Guests of all ages can enjoy additional activities on the farm, including a children's farm park, an ice cream factory, a farmer's market and cheese shop, and the state's first distillery, which produces delicious brandies crafted according to European traditions.

19816 Huber Rd, Borden, IN 47106, Phone: 812-923-9463

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14.Lanthier Winery

Lanthier Winery
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Lanthier Winery is Madison, Indiana's oldest winery, housed within a restored 18th-century home which was originally built during the state's pioneer days. The winery, which is helmed by Tami Hagemier and Chris Lanthier, produces award-winning handcrafted dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and seasonal wines, available for tasting within its cellar-level tasting room. All wine tastings are free, sampling visitors' choices of any of the company's 15 standard wines, including delicious holiday wines such as the company's St. Nicholas Blush, Snowflake White, and Rudolph Red. Tastings are offered Wednesdays through Sundays during business hours. Guests can also browse the company's Loft Gallery art gallery or attend garden events on its grounds throughout the year, including a Harvest Celebration Festival and a Spring Celebration.

123 Mill St, Madison, IN 47250, Phone: 812-273-2409

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15.Madison County Winery

Madison County Winery
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Madison County Winery was originally founded in 2008 by Eric Hensley, producing four wine varietals within its first winemaking year. Today, the Markleville winery has expanded its lineup to offer nearly two dozen dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and port wines, along with a constantly rotating selection of hard ciders, meads, and pear wines. Wines are sold throughout the state at retail locations or available for tasting and purchase at the company's public tasting room, which is open to the public daily throughout the summer and select days during the winter. Light snacks and American fare are available for purchase alongside wines, including pizza and coffee beverages. Since 2019, the winery has also operated an RV park resort, allowing guests to stay overnight on the property in full hook-up campsites.

10942 S 400 E, Markleville, IN 46056, Phone: 765-778-1406

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16.Mallow Run Winery

Mallow Run Winery
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Mallow Run Winery is the passion project of the Richardson family, who have operated a public winery and tasting room out of their family farm in Bargersville since 2005. The winery, which is named in honor of both original family settler George Mallow and the Mallow Run stream that runs through the property, cultivates 12 acres of grapes throughout three vineyard areas, focusing on American and French hybrid grape varietals. Delicious Chardonel, Gewürztraminer, Catawba, Chancellor, and Vignoles wines are sold, along with extra cold hardy varietals such as LaCrosse, Brianna, Swenson White, and Steuben. Complimentary wine tastings are offered daily at the winery's rustic tasting room, which offers a seasonal outdoor deck and cozy indoor fireplaces. Free tours are also available by appointment, highlighting winery production methods and daily operations.

6964 Whiteland Rd, Bargersville, IN 46106, Phone: 317-422-1556

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17.Oliver Winery

Oliver Winery
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Oliver Winery was the first winery opened in Indiana following the passing of the 1971 Indiana Small Winery Act, expanding a personal hobby winemaking operation into an employee-owned company that has become one of the largest wineries in the Eastern United States. The winery, which is operated today by family founding member Bill Oliver, has been ranked as one of the top 25 wineries to visit in the United States by Travel and Leisure. Award-winning fruit-forward wines are sold in 24 states, including the winery's signature Camelot Mead. Guided wine tastings are offered daily at the company's public tasting room, including group tastings available by special appointment. Free half-hour walking tours are also offered on the half-hour each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon, with midweek tours available by special appointment.

200 East Winery Road, Bloomington, IN 47404, Phone: 812-876-5800

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18.Powers Winery

Powers Winery
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Powers Winery was founded by Connie and Pat Powers and their six children, housed within the family's Dillsboro family farm. The winery is open to the public weekend afternoons and Thursdays and Fridays by special appointment, with group tours and tastings available with advance reservation. Guests can sample the Laughery Creek Valley winery's delicious red, white, sweet, and specialty wines, which range from classic Pinot Gris, Liebfraumilch, and Riesling varietals to specialty fruit wines produced with raspberries, dragonfruit, peaches, and apricots. Visitors can also purchase bottles of the company's wines for takeout or enjoyment at the company's cozy tasting room facility. Wine gift items are sold at the winery's gift shop, including hobby winemaking equipment and create-your-own-label wines.

10651 IN-262, Dillsboro, IN 47018, Phone: 812-432-3620

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19.Shady Creek Winery

Shady Creek Winery
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Shady Creek Winery is a 20-acre production winery in Michigan City, located less than an hour's driving distance from Chicago along the beautiful southern shoreline of Lake Michigan. The winery, which is conveniently located near top area attractions such as Indiana Dunes National Park and the Four Winds Casino, is known for its award-winning custom-crafted wines, cultivated by members of the Anderson family. Wines are named to evoke the feeling and atmosphere of the Lake Michigan area, including signature blends such as Beach Glass White, Sandy Feet, Sweet Sunrise, and White Caps. Purchases of the winery's Rescued Dog Red Merlot also support area animal shelters and organization. Public special events throughout the year include Friday night dinners, Sunday afternoon music performances, and local artwork and jewelry crafter shows.

2030 Tryon Rd, Michigan City, IN 46360, Phone: 219-874-9463

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20.Simmons Winery

Simmons Winery
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Simmons Winery is Columbus, Indiana's premiere winery, originally planted in 1998 and opened to the public in 2000. The winery, which is located on a 120-year-old family farm, focuses on estate harvests of grape varietals including Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, and Chardonel. Red, white, and blush wines are available for tasting and purchase at the company's tasting room, along with delicious fruit wines produced with regionally-sourced cranberries, apples, blackberries, and rhubarb. Tours are available daily or with special appointment, including group tours for motor coach groups. Guests can also enjoy decadent brick-oven pizzas prepared by the company's onsite brewery, 450 North Brewing.

8111 E 450 N, Columbus, IN 47203, Phone: 812-546-0091

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21.The Ridge Winery

The Ridge Winery
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The Ridge Winery has been producing award-winning wines since 1995, bringing Swiss Heritage wine tradition to Switzerland County, Indiana, the historic home of the first successful commercial winery in America. The winery, which has received major awards from the Indy International Wine Competition, is located along the banks of the Ohio River Scenic Byway and offers beautiful views of the nearby Markland Dam from its public tasting room. Guests can enjoy samples of the company's signature Rural Cool Riesling, which showcases label art depicting the historic Switzerland County Courthouse. Fruit wines are also served up, including blackberry, cherry, blueberry, and peach crush variants. Groups of 10 or more can reserve the winery's tasting room for private special events, including weddings, private tastings, and tours.

298 IN-156, Vevay, IN 47043, Phone: 812-427-3380

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22.Two-EE's Winery

Two-EE's Winery
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Two-EE's Winery was originally established in 2013 on 40 acres in Roanoke, Indiana, owned and operated by married duo Emily and Eric Harris. The winery, which was founded on a philosophy of showcasing every one of its grape varietals in a distinct spotlight, highlights a wide variety of red, white, and rosé wine varietals, along with a line of high-quality sangrias and fruit wines. Guests can enjoy wine tastings 361 days a year, with the exception of major national holidays. Extended tasting hours are offered on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer as part of the winery's Weekends Uncorked public special events. A heated enclosed patio is open to the public year-round, offering beautiful panoramic views and opportunities for sharing purchased bottles of wine.

6808 US-24, Huntington, IN 46750, Phone: 260-672-2000

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23.Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery
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Wildcat Creek Winery was originally opened to the public in December of 2008, located within beautiful Lafayette, Indiana. Today, the award-winning winery produces a wide variety of dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and fruit wines, including traditional Chambourcin and Traminette varietals and signature blends such as the company's Peter's Mill White and Lafayette Red. Tastings are offered seven days a week at the company's public tasting room, allowing guests to sample up to six varieties of wine of their choice. Bottles of wine are also available for purchase, along with wines by the glass for enjoying at indoor and outdoor seating areas. A gift shop stocks a wide variety of wine-related gift items, including kitchen items and wine-infused jams and jellies. Annual public special events include a BBQ, Bluegrass, and Blueberry Wine Festival in May.

3233 E 200 N, Lafayette, IN 47905, Phone: 765-838-3498

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24.French Lick Winery and Vintage Cafe

French Lick Winery and Vintage Cafe
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French Lick Winery and Vintage Café is the vision of vintner John Doty and cellarmaster Kim Doty, originally opened to the public in 1995 within French Lick's Beechwood Mansion. The winery, which has been operated out of West Baden Springs since 2005, produces elegant dry, semi-sweet, sweet, sparkling, and fortified port wines, ranging from traditional Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Chambourcin varietals to wines infused with rhubarb, cherry, and raspberry flavors. Guests can taste wines at the company's tasting room or purchase chilled bottles for enjoying at picnics and events in the surrounding region. The winery's casual Italian-style cafe, Vintage Café, serves up traditional pizzas and pastas prepared with family recipes from Naples.

8145 W Sinclair St, West Baden Springs, IN 47469, Phone: 812-936-2293

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24 Best Indiana Wineries