Kudos to the wineries in southern Indiana. Indiana Uplands became an official American Viticultural Area in March of 2013. This is one of only 204 such areas in the United States. This designation recognizes the quality and the importance of the wine industry in Indiana. The geographic area is approximately 4800-square miles. The area, marked by the remnants of an unglaciated plateau, has created a unique terroir that leaves a mark on the wine grapes that grow in the area.
Wineries in the United States show the geographic pedigree of their wine by noting on the label the specific AVA where the grapes were grown. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) were established by the United States Government to guarantee to buyers that 85% of the grapes making the wine they are buying comes from a specific geographic area. Again, congratulations to Indiana’s southern wineries, especially to those wineries who have worked so hard in the last few years to obtain this recognition.
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