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Allow 2-3 days.
There’s something romantic about sharing a bottle of wine. Maybe that’s why so many of Indiana’s wineries are run by couples. Share their passion for wine and renew yours as you tour the Indy Wine Trail .
Take home bottles of your favorites
Sample the many varieties on the Indy Wine Trail, then take home bottles or cases of your favorites to fill your own wine racks or cellars. Begin anywhere along the trail you’d like, but we’ll start at Buck Creek Winery located on the southeast side of Indianapolis. Tour their processing room and vineyard, then sample some of their favorites Trilogy, a blend of three native American grapes, and Razzle Dazzle, sweet apple wine blended with raspberry wine.
On the southside of Indianapolis, head down U.S. 135 to Bargersville to enjoy the history of Mallow Run Winery . This establishment's tasting room is housed in the barn built by the owner’s great-great-great grandfather. Then head west to visit Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield. This Indiana Artisan winery's newest creation is the world’s only sugar-free sweet wine, Slender. Tour the production room then sample some in the 2,000-square-foot tasting room.
Downtown Indianapolis is your next stop at Easley Winery just six blocks from Monument Circle. Enjoy live jazz or bluegrass on certain days of the week. Nearby in historic Fountain Sqaure is New Day Meadery offering fine, handcrafted honey wines from fresh fruit and raw honey gathered from locally owned farms. This Indiana Artisan is one of only 60 meaderies in the United States.
Quiet dinner and retreat
Enjoy dinner at Oakleys Bistro on Indianapolis’ northwest side. Chef Proprietor Steven Oakley’s passion for creating food is evident in his ever-changing seasonal menu selections. The atmosphere is as creative as the fare with the highlight being the “Kitchen Table” offering a view of the meal preparation area.
As you take the winding lane up to The Frederick-Talbott Inn , a Colonial brick manor in Fishers, you’ll feel transported to a tranquil era. The picturesque manor boasts beautiful gardens overlooking the White River. Request The Hollingsworth, a romantic private dormer room with oversized garden tub, or The Frederick, a room with a fireplace and deck access, both are sure to delight. Enjoy their sumptuous breakfast in the formal dining room or on the cozy sun porch. Stay a night or two, making this retreat the perfect end cap to a wonderful day along the Indy Wine Trail.
Note: There are two more wineries along this trail - Simmons Winery in Columbus and Grape Inspirations in Carmel. Grape Inspirations is currently closed due to a fire.
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