South Central Indiana is home to one of the most beautiful wineries in the state. What began as a hobby for Professor William Oliver turned into one of the largest wineries in the eastern United States. Oliver Winery celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, opening in 1972. Bill Oliver, son of the founder, operates the winery and makes the wine today. Wine lovers are drawn back to the winery over and over, both for the wine and the georgous setting.
Oliver Winery, north of Bloomington, welcomes visitors every day of the week. My husband and I first visited the winery in the mid-1990s and keep returning every chance we get. The tasting room is large enough to accomodate the large number of visitors who stop by daily. Tours are regularly given of the facility. The gift shop offers a variety of wine gifts and food items to enjoy with your wine. Outdoors, the deck and the lake invite one to sit, sip wine, and soak up the atmosphere. Even if you don’t find a wine you love, you will still enjoy your visit.
The wine is excellent. Our favorites are their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz, and Shiraz Reserve. They are also know for a line of ciders and their Camelot Mead. Our last visit, we were especially impressed by their Maximum Port. Whatever your wine tastes, there is something at Oliver Winery for everyone.