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Indiana’s Newest Winery Opens in Richmond

Dr. Jeff & Melody Haist and Jim & Karen Ramey invite you to their new 8-acre winery located on a picturesque setting along historic National Road/U.S. 40 West. J & J Winery was established in 2008 and is expecting many guests at the public opening this Thursday, February 12, 2009. Much renovation has been done to turn this old farmstead into a place of relaxation and enjoyment with a Tuscan feel. On the property you’ll find a two acre pond as well as four acres of wooded trails for a bit of retreat to nature.The Haist’s and Ramey’s, who have vineyards in southern Wayne County, are expecting their own branded wines to be released in 2010, until that time, exclusive wines can be tasted and purchased at the winery. Upon entering the front door of “Casa di Vino”, you’ll be welcomed by a 2 room gift shop featuring a variety of wines, wine-related accessories, amateur wine-making kits and supplies along with many other wonderful gifts. Gift certificates and gift baskets are available for purchase.

The tasting room and wine bar is located in the back of Casa di Vino and can be reserved for your event or use during inclement weather. In warmer months, you can sit outdoors on the deck to get a better view of the beautiful countryside or you may choose the comfort of the covered seating area near the Italian wood fired brick oven. Fresh-made dough will be available to make pizzas and bread in the oven every weekend until spring arrives, then daily. On cooler days, outdoor heaters await to keep the chill off.

Fine wine won’t be the only treat offered at J & J Winery. Café fare of appetizers, finger foods, desserts and other beverages will be on site. Hot air balloon flights, winery tours, grape stomping contests, art walks and wine making classes are just a few of the events planned at J & J Winery. Reservations are currently being taken for weddings, receptions and private dinners. Wedding tents will become available in May. Attendees of the winery’s Grand Opening in April will have the opportunity to win tickets for a hot air balloon flight in addition to other prizes. The winery is located at 3415 National Road East in Richmond, Indiana.

The winery is located at 3415 National Road West in Richmond, Indiana.

Winter winery hours are:
Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. & Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.

Days & hours of operation will be extended in the spring.

Call 765-965-WINE (9463) for more information or to make reservations for any special event.

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Written by : Clare Seffrin Bond, a writer, life coach and marketing specialist, lives and works in Richmond, Indiana. A native of Wayne County, Clare enjoys exploring the historical sites of the area, as well as the many new locations offering excellent cuisine and live music. theroadtoclarity.com