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Friday, February 12, 2010

Bloomington Wineries

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Tosha Daugherty at 800/800-0037 or tosha@visitbloomington.com


Bloomington Wineries Among  the Oldest and Finest in Indiana.


Area brew pubs are also among visitors’ favorites!

Bloomington, IN – If you’ve never been to Bloomington, Indiana, it’s worth the trip to enjoy free wine tasting and beautiful scenery at some of the oldest and finest wineries in Indiana. Make it a weekend with a stay at one of Bloomington’s charming bed and breakfast locations. Whether you come for the weekend or stop while passing through, Bloomington’s wineries (and local breweries) are the best places to savor the unique tastes of Bloomington!

Oliver Winery
The oldest and largest operating winery in Indiana, Oliver Winery is located just north of Bloomington on State Road 37 and has been listed in the Wall Street Journal among twelve wineries to visit in the United States. Founded in 1972, the winery truly got its start in the basement of the Oliver family's Bloomington home, where Indiana University law professor William W. Oliver made wine from grapes stomped by his own and neighborhood children. Since then, Oliver Winery ahs grown and flourished as they continue their tradition of crafting high-quality award-winning wines.

The traditional post and beam style tasting room is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and limestone sculpture. The on-site picnic grounds feature a shimmering pond, sunny meadow and wooded hillside. A wonderful atmosphere any time of year, Oliver has a great selection of wines, bread, gourmet cheeses and other goodies. Be sure to sample the Creekbend Collection, created from grapes grown at the Oliver's own Creekbend Vineyard. For more information on Oliver winery, call (800) 258-2783 or visit www.oliverwinery.com.

Butler Winery

Started by Jim Butler and his family in 1983, the Butler Winery is the fourth-oldest operating winery in Indiana. The winery and vineyard is located just 10 minutes northeast of Bloomington. Butler Winery also features an in-town Tasting Room and Sales Shop located in a 90-year-old house just a few blocks away from both the Downtown Square and IU Memorial Stadium. The philosophy at Butler Winery has always been to use Indiana-grown grapes in the belief that wine is a reflection of the climate, the soil, and the people who grow the grapes.

During your visit, enjoy the vineyard experience to the fullest. Ask for a tour of the cellar and have a picnic in the vineyard or on the spacious deck. Wine may be purchased by the bottle or glass, and Butler Winery also carries a fine selection of cheese, crackers and sausage for picnics with your favorite Butler wine, or check out their unique gourmet pizzas available only on weekends. Each sauce is prepared using Butler’s own wines, creating the perfect complement to some of Indiana’s best wines. The in-town location also stocks one of Southern Indiana's largest selections of home brewing and winemaking supplies. For more information on Butler Winery call (812) 339-7233 or visit www.butlerwinery.com.

Both of Bloomington’s wineries are members of the Uplands Wine Trail, a network of 7 wineries all within driving distance and all in the uplands region of Indiana. For more information on the wine trail, visit www.indianauplands.com.

Side Bar: Bloomington Brew Pubs

Of course, if you’re more inclined to enjoy a great brew, we’ve got you covered there too! Bloomington is also home to two local breweries that feature unique local flavor in both their beers and their cuisine. You won’t want to miss the great gourmet pizza, salads and sinful desserts at Lennie’s, right next door to the Brew Pub at Lennie’s featuring uniquely Bloomington brews from the Bloomington Brewing Company, the area’s very first brew pub. In addition, you’re sure to love Upland Brewing Company’s Tap Room, featuring a variety of great seasonal brews and fantastic local cuisine to go along with them, including salads, sandwiches and steaks. For more information on visiting wineries and brew pubs in the Bloomington area or overnight accommodations, contact the Visitors Center at (800) 800-0037 or go online at www.visitbloomington.com.

Please Note: Sunday Sales
Although Indiana State Law prohibits the sale of alcohol for carryout on Sundays, don’t worry. You may not be able to purchase wine at the local grocery, but Indiana law does allow local wineries to offer wine tasting and carryout sales of wine on Sundays, so feel free to visit Bloomington’s wineries any day of the week.

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