New Indiana Wine Trail

According to the Hendricks County Flyer, a local paper in Hendricks County, Indiana now has a new wine trail. It’s called the Indy Wine Trail with seven wineries currently linked, all in central Indiana.

The Indy Wine trail is comprised of Buck Creek Winery, Chateau Thomas Winery, Easley Winery, Ferrin’s Fruit Winery, Grape Inspirations Winery, Mallow Run Winery, and Simmons Winery - all working together to boost customers and sales.
There are at least one winery in each of the 50 states in the US. In the Midwest, it’s common to see events at vineyards that include all-day cook outs or “grill your own steak” nights. Ohio currently has an advertising campaign that features “Tempted By The Fruit Of Another” by Squeeze, showing wine shop patrons moving from California wines to, instead, pick an Ohio wine to try. While it’s true that states other than just California, Washington and Oregon make wine, most are not as well received.

Being from Ohio, I know there are wines made here that boast an award or two from some French panel of judges, and I think that’s great. There are some real gems to be found out there; my father’s favourite Chardonnay is from Virginia, for instance. I would say, however, that the average Midwestern wine is quite a bit less drinkable than the average Californian, especially if you choose a smaller region like Sonoma County.

Am I saying don’t buy wines from Indiana? Not at all! Just the opposite. Wine trails can be a lot of fun, getting a group together and travelling the trail, trying new wines at each vineyard. But in doing so, it’s best to check your expectations. I’ve been to wineries in Ohio that have events, and their best wine tasted like aged grape juice. It was drinkable, but wine only in the fact that it went through the same process as other wines. Did I think it was great? No, but it was a fun day, being with friends, being outside and having fun.

One thing to say for most of those wineries out there that aren’t in the better known wine areas - they’re not pretentious. I think it’s true that wine can be enjoyed even when it’s not a great wine; the enjoyment comes from the experience around the wine, not the wine itself.

Oh, and the slogan for the Indy Wine Trail? Passport to Fun!

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