Indiana Wineries Helping Local Economies

Indiana wineries attract about 2 million visitors per year.

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There are currently 55 wineries open in Indiana, with more set to open this summer.

According to Jeanette Merritt of Purdue University’s Viticulture program, Indiana wineries attract about 2 million visitors per year. She says wineries are great for economic and community development because of each of these visitors typically leave behind more than one hundred dollars in the local community.

Indiana offers three wine trails throughout the state. The Upland wine trail includes 9 wineries in south central Indiana, the Indiana wine trail encompasses 6 wineries in the southeastern part of the state and the Indy wine trail includes 6 wineries. Bloomington’s Butler and Oliver wineries are part of the Upland trail.

Pam Bonin, Oliver Winery Marketing Manager, said these trails link wineries together and give customers a way to find smaller wineries that are tucked away in the hills of Indiana.

“I think what the trails really do for a grape growing region,” she said, “is made us all kind of bond together in the south central region for the Indiana Upland wine trail. It just gives customers the incentive to explore the back roads of Indiana, which is so great.”

As more wineries open across the state shortening the distance between each winery, there are thoughts of more wine trails – possibly one in northern Indiana.

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