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Indiana Wine Trail

Image:  In Madison, the Thomas Family Winery has the feel of an Irish pub.

Enjoying Indiana Vineyards in the Ohio River Valley

© Becky Linhardt 2011

Originally planned as a loop drive, the trail has a few offshoots and links Ertel Cellars Winery near I-74 at the north to the Ohio Valley vineyards near Madison, Indiana.  The river road/IN 56 is a beautiful route, part of the Ohio River Scenic Byway.  So take your time and enjoy visiting one or two at a time to savor the unique personality of each:

Ridge Winery Tasting Room - Vevay.  Beautiful views of the Ohio River from the Tasting Room and from decks that almost hang over the water. It is a great place to relax and watch the gently flowing Ohio River on a lazy summer day and close to Belterra Resort & Casino.

Lanthier Winery - Madison.  Historic brick building near the river with country style gardens and a loft art gallery.  November here is celebrated with a Festival of Trees and Host of Angels, an exhibition of one of the largest private collections of angels.

Thomas Family Wineries – Madison.  This storefront establishment has the feel of an Irish pub and regularly scheduled musical entertainment on the weekends. For a change of pace, try one or more of their old-world recipe hard ciders made on site.

Madison Vineyards Estate Winery – near Madison.  The Tasting Room in the vineyards is the focus for the annual Harvest Hoot that includes grape stomping and hay wagon tours of the vineyard and an Oktoberfest with live music. A unique opportunity: stay at the Bed & Breakfast tucked into the vineyards.  The breakfast and views are great!

Stream Cliff Farm Winery – in the countryside near Commiskey. The restaurant serves gourmet lunches from April-October food so good visitors arrive from Louisville and Indianapolis seeking the elusive road that runs to the farm entrance.  The farmhouse has a history as it was a victim of Morgan’s Raiders during the Civil War – and has a scar to prove it.

Ertel Cellars Winery – south of Batesville.  The spacious new building has soaring ceilings, slate and oak floors, large windows to the outside vineyards and into the “cellars.” With a full restaurant menu for the dining room and deck as well as lighter fare for the tasting area, it is a great place to relax and enjoy the view.

Indiana Wine Trail participants can provide a brochure with map to other locations.  Maps are also available on line at www.IndianaWineTrail.com  or contact Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 800-559-2956 for more information.

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