Kirkwood Ave. in Bloomington, IN. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The nine wineries on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail are peppered throughout south-central Indiana, but for one night each year, they’re all in one place: Uncork the Uplands.
Save the date for the third annual Uncork the Uplands: Saturday, July 27, in Bloomington, IN, a chance to sample award-winning wines from the nine wineries on the trail paired with food from area restaurants and farms. Uncork features two signature events: a Vineyard Tour at Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard and the Uncork the Uplands Evening Reception.
There is much to cheer to at this year’s Uncork. In February the Indiana Uplands became a federally recognized grape-growing region (an American Viticultural Area, or AVA). The 4,800-square-mile swath in south-central Indiana is home to 17 wineries, including the nine wineries on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail. This is the first AVA entirely within Indiana, and the designation allows our wineries to grow and thrive together.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail has unveiled a new “vintage” — an updated logo, branding and website, just in time for the trail’s 10th anniversary. Take a peek at IndianaUplands.com.
Uncork the Uplands is the signature event for the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail. Here’s a look at this year’s celebration:
VINEYARD TOUR AT OLIVER WINERY’S CREEKBEND VINEYARD
Explore the Indiana Uplands wine region with a tour of Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard. Walk the rows, meet the winemakers and taste signature varietals such as Traminette, Chambourcin and Vignoles.
When: Saturday, July 27, 2013; Noon–3pm
Where: Creekbend Vineyard, 7508 N. Woodall Road, Ellettsville, IN 47429
To purchase tickets: UncorkTheUplands.com
UNCORK THE UPLANDS EVENING RECEPTION
Taste wines from all nine wineries on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, alongside food from Indiana farmers, restaurants, bakeries and artisans. The focus is on farm-to-table dishes. Also: Live music, chefs’ food and wine challenge, a silent auction and conversations with local food and wine experts.
When: Saturday, July 27, 2013; 6–9pm
Where: Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington, IN 47403
To purchase tickets: UncorkTheUplands.com
The wine trail’s nine member wineries will pour samples at Uncork the Uplands Evening Reception: Best Vineyards Winery of Elizabeth; Brown County Winery of Nashville; Butler Winery of Bloomington; Carousel Winery of Mitchell; French Lick Winery of West Baden Springs; Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards of Starlight; Oliver Winery of Bloomington; Turtle Run Winery of Corydon; Winzerwald Winery of Bristow.
The evening includes conversations with these Indiana food-and-drink experts:
- Winemaker Jim Butler, owner of Bloomington’s Butler Winery. Butler spearheaded establishing the Indiana Uplands as an American Viticultural Area.
- Cheesemaker Judy Schad, co-owner of Capriole Farms in southern Indiana, which produces artisan farmstead goat cheese.
- Bartender Colin Boilini, proprietor of The Rail in Bloomington, a craft-cocktail bar in a restored turn-of-the-century railroad station.
The entertainment continues with the Chef’s Food and Wine Challenge, where chefs from the Indiana Uplands create their favorite food and wine pairing. Guests vote, and the winning chef receives a donation for a favorite charity. Current chefs are from New Albanian Bank Street Brewhouse in New Albany, Malibu Grill in Bloomington, and a third restaurant TBA.
TICKETS AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
Two ticket levels are available, and early bird pricing is offered through July 1.
$45 — Ticket for Uncork the Uplands Evening Reception only ($55 after July 1)
$65 — Ticket for Uncork the Uplands Evening Reception and Vineyard Tour at Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard ($75 after July 1)
About the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail: The trail was established in 2003 to promote the excellent wineries, vineyards, winemakers and varietals found in south-central Indiana. Nine wineries are members of Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, which is the state’s first wine trail. The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is located within the Indiana Uplands American Viticultural Area, a federally recognized grape-growing region established in 2013. For more information on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, visit IndianaUplands.com.