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Madison Vineyards Winery Bed & Breakfast

Almost European

© Becky Linhardt 2011

 “We like to do a special tasting for our guests here in the wine cellar around 5 o’clock,” said Sandy Palmer, owner of the Madison Vineyards Winery, as she gave me a tour of the Bed & Breakfast.  “I make hors d’oeurves and our guests review the bottles of wines on the table, most we have collected in our travels. We open a bottle and everyone shares their opinions about the wine.  Many of the wines Steve and I will also be sampling for the first time.”  Behind a locked, wrought-iron gate more bottles were safely tucked away awaiting the right occasion. 

“From your windows in the Tuscan Room you can see the Rougeon and Foch grapes used to make the wine,” said owner Steve Palmer.  “My son came up with the idea for the blend, the label, and even the name.”  Ah, yes, the name: Ba-Da Bing Rosso. 

A friend and I had enjoyed a bottle of the red table wine with dinner earlier in the evening at the new Bella Vista Restaurant in Madison.  The name Ba-Da Bing may be playful, even humorous, but the wine itself is seriously good. Quality is important to Palmer, an Indiana winemaker for more than 30 years. The 12 plus acres of vines that surround the new Madison Vineyards Bed & Breakfast produce International Gold Medal winning wines.

The general public as well as guests can sip Madison Vineyards’ own wines in the estate’s Tasting Room closer to the county road.  The Bed and Breakfast can be seen from the tasting room but it is far back in the vineyard so that guests can enjoy the country quiet and the experience of being surrounded by the vineyards. 

Each of the four guest rooms occupies a corner of the house. The large almost suite-like rooms are named Rhone, Alsace, Tuscan, and Bordeaux cq for the regions typical of the vines planted within view.  Guests can also enjoy a moonlit vineyard vista from the first floor balcony, sunshine on the spacious terrace adjacent to the lower level walk-out library, or multiple views while enjoying a full breakfast in the many-windowed great room on the main level. 

Before heading out to the vineyards Steve often stops to visit with guests.  Breakfast table discussions might be about various wines, guests and the Palmers sharing stories of travels in wine regions, or questions the guests have about cultivating grapes and managing losses to birds (robins are the worst) and deer.  No snobbery here, just enjoying a common interest in wine and travel.

Sharing their passion for winemaking, Madison Vineyards and five other wineries in SE Indiana have joined together to promote the Indiana Wine Trail.  A colorful map with descriptions of the wineries, hours and contact information also includes a VIP Passport that can be validated at each of the wineries visited from now and May 31, 2007 for entry in a drawing for special winery experiences. 

 Madison Vineyards Winery Bed & Breakfast: 1456 E 400 N, Madison, IN 47250.  Room rates: $120-150 night, full breakfast included.  Phone: 888-473-6500 or www.madisonvineyards.com.

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