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Noon Edition

Indiana Wine

This week on Noon Edition, we discuss wine!

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 nine wineries in south central Indiana, the Indiana wine trail encompasses six wineries in the southeastern part of the state, and the Indy wine trail includes six wineries. Bloomington's Butler and Oliver wineries are part of the Upland trail.

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

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.

Joining us in studio were Jim Butler of Butler Winery, Pam Bonin, Oliver Winery Marketing Manager and Jeanette Merritt of Purdue University's Viticulture program.

Noon Edition airs Friday at 12:06.

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