Our vineyards

We have two separate vineyards that we planted and we personally manage in Shelby County, Indiana.  We started planting vines in 2014 with approximately an acre, on our home property in New Palestine that year.  In the spring of 2015, we added an acre and a half to that vineyard, (now known as the north vineyard), and an acre on our property in Pleasantview, (now known as the south vineyard).  Spring of 2016 came and we added on again.  This time, about a half acre to the north vineyard.  The fall of 2016 was our very first harvest.  Small, but very exciting.  The north vineyard was added on in the spring of 2017.  Between our two vineyards, we have 5 acres of vines and several different varietals.

NORTH VINEYARD

 
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Cabernet franc

A component of many Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Franc matures earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon and is more suitable for cooler climates. One of the more winter hardy vinifera varieties, it is becoming more popular in eastern North America where it is used to produce full-bodied red wines, and is also used to produce a dry, fruity rose'.

 

 

 

 

carot noir

Corot Noir produces distinctive deep red wine with attractive berry and cherry aromas and can be used for varietal wine production or for blending. Corot Noir is considered to represent a distinct improvement in red wine varietal options available to cold climate producers.

 

 

 
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CATAWBA

Widely grown in Ohio and Central NY as early as the mid 19th century and widely used for sparkling wine, Catawba was the most popular grape cultivated in the US prior to the introduction of Concord, and was the major variety used for wine production in Ohio prior to Prohibition. Catawba is a spicy-flavored, red slipskin grape. Clusters are medium to large and well formed; fruit is medium-sized, round and purplish-red with a distinctive flavor.

 

 
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Cayuga white

Cayuga White is one of the most productive and disease resistant varieties grown in New York and was Cornell University's first variety released specifically for winemaking. This versatile grape can be made into a semi-dry to sweet wine and is often blended with other white hybrids such as Seyval and Vidal. Winemakers often prefer Cayuga White to be harvested earlier than most varietals, as riper fruit can begin to develop undesirable native characteristics.

 

 

frontenac gris

Frontenac Gris is a bud sport of Frontenac, identical in most respects but lacking dark skin color. Frontenac Gris is usually cold pressed to make a white wine that can present aromas of peach and apricot with hints of citrus and tropical fruit.

 

 

 

 

gewurztraminer

Gewürztraminer is a musqué mutation of Traminer that produces compact clusters of small, spicy, pinkish-red grapes with high natural sugar and low acidity, so is best suited for cooler climates. The best wines exhibit lychee and heavily scented roses complemented with spice.

 

 

 

Golden muscat

An older Cornell release, Golden Muscat was first promoted as a table grape. It produces very large, well-filled clusters of large, oval, amber-colored berries. When fully ripe the flavor is rich, when not fully ripe, Golden Muscat has a tangy, citrus-like flavor. Berry splitting is common when rainfall occurs prior to harvest.

 

 

 

La crescent

La Crescent is one of the more popular Northern varieties and includes Muscat Hamburg in its geneology. La Crescent has high acidity and is used to produce off-dry to sweet wines, typically with apricot, peach, and citrus characteristics, and is also used for dessert and late harvest wines.

 

 

 

norton

Norton (also known as Cynthiana) is a V. labruscana x V. aestivalis hybrid with a long history in eastern US wine production, particularly in Missouri and Virginia. Norton produces small to medium clusters of firm, round, black berries that ripen very late and require a warm growing season. When fully ripe, Norton can produce a rich, full-bodied red wine with outstanding aging potential.

 

 

riesling

Riesling is the noble grape variety of Germany, one of the most hardy vinifera varieties best suited for cooler climates and highly susceptible to Botrytis infection. Riesling is made in a wide range of wine styles depending on the climate in which it is grown, from dry to semi-sweet to late harvest wines often made with highly botrytized fruit.

 

 

 

steuben

Steuben produces medium to large, compact clusters of medium-sized, spherical slipskin berries with a spicy tang. Steuben can produce an aromatic white, blush, or rosé wine.

 

 

 

 

traminette

Traminette is a Gewürztraminer hybrid that produces excellent wines similar to Gewürztraminer but with much more winter hardiness than its parent. Wines are distinctive and spicy and may be finished dry or semi-dry.

 

 

 

 

vidal blanc

Vidal Blanc is a productive white wine grape with medium-sized berries borne on very large, compact tapering clusters. Vidal can produce a semi-dry varietal wine and is often blended with other white hybrids. Fruit has thick skin and is highly resistant to fruit rots so can be used to make late harvest style wine and ice wine.

 

 

 

vignoles

Vignoles produces small, compact clusters highly susceptible to Botrytis bunch rot. Fruit can develop high sugar content while maintaining acidity, so Vignoles can be used to make late harvest desert wines in addition to dry to semi-dry table wines.

 

 

 

SOUTH VINEYARD

 

chambourcin

Chambourcin is a late ripening grape that can produce a highly rated red wine when fully mature. It requires a long growing season to fully mature. Vines tend to over-produce, so some cluster thinning is often necessary to produce high quality, deeply colored and aromatic wines.

 

 

 

chancellor

Chancellor is considered among the better French-American varieties in terms of wine quality. It can produce a medium-bodied wine that ages well. Vines tend to be over-productive and may require some cluster thinning. Flower clusters are extremely susceptible to downy mildew so requires a good early season spray program.

 

 

 

marechal foch

Maréchal Foch is an early ripening black grape with small berries and clusters, often susceptible to bird predation. It can be made into a variety of wines ranging from light and fruity to full-bodied.

 

 

 

norton

Norton (also known as Cynthiana) is a V. labruscana x V. aestivalis hybrid with a long history in eastern US wine production, particularly in Missouri and Virginia. Norton produces small to medium clusters of firm, round, black berries that ripen very late and require a warm growing season. When fully ripe, Norton can produce a rich, full-bodied red wine with outstanding aging potential.

 

 

seyval blanc

Seyval Blanc is one of the most widely planted white hybrid varieties in cooler regions of the eastern US. Vines are typically overly fruitful and require some cluster thinning.

 

 

 
“Grapes are the most noble and challenging of fruits”
— Malcolm Dunn