While in southern Indiana, we chose to visit one of Indiana’s newest wineries. After all, who could resist a winery named after a monkey. Following the posted directions down a scenic roadway, we found a lovely tasting room set in the midst of a vineyard. This early in the spring, the grapevines have not begun to turn green, but it was easy to imagine the beauty just weeks ahead. The tasting room was just as lovely and inviting inside, with a natural wooden decor. Local arts and crafts are displayed among the racks of wine. The atmosphere encourages visitors to stay for a while.
The winery is truly a family run business. Daniel and Anita Hedinger and their family planted grapevines in 2003, and opened the winery in May of 2011. From grape harvesting to corking the bottles, the family is involved in the wine making process. Though still a young winery, they are greeting many visitors and have plans for growth.
Not only does the name of the winery intrigue visitors, but the wines also have interesting names and labels. A visitor might want to try a Pasture Mark – a Catawba Rose aged in a Kentukcy bourbon barrel, or a Ol’ Grandad made in a port style with the Chambourcin grape. The creativity is quite appealing. Visitors will be pleased they stopped by.
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