New designation to boost Indiana grape, wine sales

Indiana grape growers and wine makers are getting a big boost from their industry.

Nearly 5,000 square miles of grape growing terrain in South-Central Indiana have been designated as an American Viticultural Area.

The AVA designation puts grapes grown and wines made in that area on the same level as top ranked wine areas around the country.

“This is something that is done for the long term. It’s something for your children and grandchildren. It’s a rural economic development, the wine is a value added product,” said Jim Butler with Butler Winery.

An AVA award is based on characteristics of a region like soil type and climate.

The system is similar to one used in France to determine the origin of a wine.

2 comments

  • kxd

    I'm not an expert but, I've had wine from Italy, France, California, and Indiana. Theirs may have clout we don't have but, ours tastes just as good!

  • Joseph Swafford

    Jim Williams, whose fervent sports blog champions IU basketball and soccer, once took me to visit and taste Indiana wine producers' wares. The wines were surprisingly good to this Oregon wine merchant and wine writer. If Jim (otherwise known as 4020 Sports Central), tastes the latest Hoosier wines, production, sales and enological hysteria will go through the ceiling!

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