Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Southern Indiana Wine Country Events



Beyond corn and soybeans, Indiana’s vast agricultural bounty also boasts an ever growing wine industry as well as a long tradition of being a vintner’s dream. The first commercial winery in the U.S. was established on the banks of the Ohio River in what is now Vevay, Indiana in the late 1700s by Swiss immigrants who thought the surrounding countryside similar to the vineyards in their homeland. And now, the passion for wine making has extended throughout the state. But it’s in Southern Indiana with its landscape dotted with historic hamlets, winding rivers and rolling hills where three wonderful wineries – Blue Heron Vineyards Winery,  French Lick Winery and Winzerwald Winery offer tasting rooms as well as great wine events.
  
Blue Heron Vineyards
5330 Blue Heron Lane
Cannelton, IN  
812/547-7518  
blueheron@psci.net

Known for their hand carved Celtic Cross, the Blue Heron Winery, specializes in American and French-American grapes. Located near Cannelton, home of the Cannelton Cotton Mill built in 1849 and once the largest manufacturing plant west of the Allegheny Mountains and now on the National Register of Historic Places., the winery also has a bed and breakfast at the winery and for those with a lot of energy, pedal all or part of the 100 mile Blue Heron Bikeride through the beautiful countryside.  

 Blue Heron Vineyards Events include their annual “Wine Over Water" WOW Concert Series at Blue Heron Farm, 7757 Hwy. 66 E (five miles east of Cannelton, IN near Rocky Point).

Cover charge of $15/ couple (discounts are often possible)
Food and Blue Heron wines available for purchase; Picnics welcome

Concerts begin at 6:00 PM CDT (doors open at 5:00) and end around 8:00 PM
Art Exhibits featuring regional artists at each concert
Bring a lawn chair or enjoy picnic tables in the concert area
Catering by Rudy's with delicious foods paired with Blue Heron wines
If inclement weather, the concerts will be in the barn

July 27-  “Monte Skelton“

How does Monte get all that music out of one person? Come see Skelton, a well-known virtuoso and band leader this summer to find out as you enjoy a beautiful evening of smooth jazz from this Evansville phenom. www.montejazz.110mb.com
Saxophone-Jazz
 
August 31-  “Beth Reasoner & Friends” *

Join Beth Reasoner, a musician with ties to our local music history as she reunites “old” friends to bring us great sounds and a great evening reminiscent of Tell City’s once favorite “Franklin School Coffee House.”
 Celtic/Folk
*This is a Free Concert - No admission-
Tips for the musicians accepted
Art exhibits by “Greywolf Studio” Hawesville, KY

French Lick Winery & Coffee Company
8145 W Sinclair St
West Baden Springs, IN
812-936-2293
1-888-494-6380
frenchlickwinery@aol.com

 
Since it was established in 1995, the French Lick Winery, located in historic West Baden, has become one of Indiana's premier wineries receiving over 250 medals in state, national and international competitions.  Besides tastings, visitors can also observe the production via observation windows in the tasting room.   Owner and vintner, John Doty, takes great pride in the wines made with the expert assistance of Kim Doty, owner and cellarmaster.  The winery’s Heaven's View Vineyard planted in the spring of 1998 is located approximately 20 miles west of the winery on Kim's family Hoosier Homestead Farm in Martin County overlooking the White River valley.  The Vintage Café   menu features Italian cuisine fresh-made in our kitchen.  

French Lick Winery will be participating in the following festivals and events.

Sat. July 21st  Uncork the Uplands Huber’s Winery, Starlight, IN      4:00 – 10:00 pm Eastern
Uncork the Uplands will celebrate the award winning wines and exquisite food along the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail all in one place. This event was created to elevate your senses by featuring a culinary experience with our guest chef Daniel Orr. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a novice, the Uncork the Uplands event will be sure to satisfy your palate. Join the 9 Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries and Chef Daniel Orr of FARMBloomington for food demonstrations, wine pairings, and lots of food and wine adventures


 
Swiss Wine Festival
Held August 24th thru 26th, 2012 along the Ohio River in town of Vevay , Indiana.
Hours & admission charge vary depending upon events. Click on www.swisswinefestival.org for more information.

Patoka Lake Sunset Cruise
French Lick Winery will be  on the Patoka Sunset Cruise on September 29th at 2:00 p.m. Come join us on the lake for some great food and wine and fabulous cruise of the beautiful Patoka Lake. Contact Patoka Lake Marina for more information at 
(812) 685-2512 or www.patokalakemarina.com.

Christkindlmarkt
Held November 17th & 18th , 2012 are Saturday 9 am to 5:00 p.m. & Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pomp No Admission charge. This German themed Christmas festival is held at several locations throughout the town of Ferdinand , Indiana.

Visit us at the Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt
Saturday and Sunday November 15th and 16th

Winzerwald Winery
26300 N. Indian Lake Road / (CR 39)
Bristow, Indiana
866-6WINZER

Winzerwald Winery (German for vintners of the forest) celebrates the owners' German heritage and the German and Swiss heritage of the area by specializing in unique German and Swiss style wines, gifts, festivals, educational tours and fun. Early German settlers believed the Hoosier National Forest reminded them of the Black Forest and the Ohio River was as beautiful as the Rhine River.  


Owners Dan and Donna Adams won the Best Indiana and Best National Amateur wine awards in 1998  at the Indy International Wine Competition, the first time and only time anyone in Indiana won the National honors. It was a blush wine made from grapes that family lore has it were brought to America from Germany by Dan’s ancestors. Enjoy a tasting either indoors or on the deck overlooking the rolling hills of Southern Indiana.

Sat. July 14th  Carmel Art of Wine Festival   Downtown Carmel, IN      5:00 – 10:00 pm Eastern
Enjoy tastes of great wines and listen to wonderful music while you enjoy downtown shopping and eating, too.

Sat. July 21st  Uncork the Uplands Huber’s Winery, Starlight, IN      4:00 – 10:00 pm Eastern
Uncork the Uplands will celebrate the award winning wines and exquisite food along the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail all in one place. This event was created to elevate your senses by featuring a culinary experience with our guest chef Daniel Orr. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a novice, the Uncork the Uplands event will be sure to satisfy your palate. Join the 9 Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries and Chef Daniel Orr of FARMBloomington for food demonstrations, wine pairings, and lots of food and wine adventures

Sat./Sun. July 28 & 29  Christmas in July   At Winzerwald Winery
Join us as we celebrate our big list of holiday wines early with a special release of our wines in the Christmas Tree Bottles
made in Germany!   Stroll the grounds and find a special piece of art at the Winzerwald Weihnachtsm

October 27, Saturday 2pm-4pm: Winzerwald Winery on the Patoka Sunset Cruise. Join us on the lake for some great food and wine and fabulous cruise of the beautiful Patoka Lake. Contact Patoka Lake Marina for more information at 
(812) 685-2512 or www.patokalakemarina.com.

Join us at the winery, or visit us at Christkindlmarkt in the Monastery Gym in Ferdinand for wine tasting & holiday wine & gift sales – wine sale prices apply. We’ll also be serving wines at the new Christkindlmarkt Bier Stube, Saturday evening Nov. 15th. Join us in the heated tent at the Community Center for the Rhein Valley Brass Band, Schnitzelbank Restaurant, Winzerwald Winery & two regional breweries for a fun night!







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