Just as 8 teams come together in the Big Dance to form the final 8 teams in college basketball, we present to you some of the favorite wineries in Southern Indiana. In honor of the basketball tournament, we call these picks our Excellent 8 Wineries. In the college basketball tournament, each team competes for the title of champion. In Southern Indiana, each winery of the Excellent 8 is a star! Although the NCAA tournaments are win or go home, we recommend you stay awhile to enjoy all that Southern Indiana has to offer. Indulge in the freshest ingredients from this region that give the local wine something special that reminds us of home. Sample a few of the flavors in Southern Indiana for yourself.
Wineries in Southern Indiana
Patoka Lake Winery
Patoka Lake Winery features a delightful tasting room. Take a tasting at the wine bar, or, sit, sip and enjoy select meats, cheeses, or chocolates at one of the tables inside or on their outdoor covered patio. You can also buy your favorite bottles of wine and browse the gift shop. Winery facility tours are available by appointment.
Nearby: French Lick Resort & Casino, Sultan’s Run Golf Club, Patoka Lake Marina & Lodging
French Lick Winery
West Baden Springs, Indiana
This establishment is an award-winning, family-owned winery located in the heart of French Lick. Come sample wines at the Tasting Bar during your visit. We recommend staying at the French Lick Resort to make it an entire weekend getaway!
Nearby: French Lick Resort, Wilstem Wildlife Park, 33 Brickstreet
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Turtle Run Winery
Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere at Turtle Run Winery in Corydon. With 30 wines to choose from, you are certain to find the perfect glass for you. Take an in-depth tour of the winery and learn what it takes to make great wine. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn or relax and view the scenery on their fabulous outdoor deck.
Nearby: Old Capitol Golf Club, Indiana Caverns, Downtown Corydon Shopping, Butt Drugs
Best Vineyards Winery
Best Vineyards Winery is located in the scenic rolling hills of Southern Indiana, just minutes from downtown Louisville, Kentucky. They offer an array of award-winning wines and beautiful Southern Indiana scenery, the perfect combination to enjoy an afternoon with friends. They are now making some of your favorite spirits in their distillery as well.
Nearby: Caesars Southern Indiana, The Red Yeti Restaurant, Parlour
Huber’s Orchard Winery and Vineyards
Come sample wines at this expansive family orchard and winery in Borden. Huber Winery is Indiana’s largest estate-bottled winery, and it has expanded its operation to include spirits with Starlight Distillery. Starlight Café has an array of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, and salads to pair with your favorite Huber wine or spirit. Come sip on your favorite drink during the weekend and listen to live music on Saturdays and Sundays.
Nearby: Big Four Bridge and Big Four Station Park, The Exchange Pub + Kitchen
Windy Knoll Winery
Windy Knoll produces its wine in small batches to ensure the highest quality and flavor. Drop in this charming winery in Vincennes for a tasting or enjoy a slushy while you browse the gift shop.
Nearby: George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, Indiana Military Museum, Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy
Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery
St. Meinrad, Indiana
This family-owned and operated winery has a reputation for making award-winning wines from their estate grapes. Enjoy a complimentary tasting of everything from dry to sweet, fruity to seasonal. In 2017, the winery expanded to include a distillery. The smooth and delicious Monkey Shine is a local favorite.
Nearby: Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Monastery Immaculate Conception
Pepper’s Ridge Winery
Relax on the covered porch and enjoy the peaceful countryside just outside of Rockport with a taste of local wine. The Lakeview Peach is a regional favorite! Make it a weekend stay next door at the Corner House B&B to complete your grown-up getaway.
Nearby: Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, River City Brew Works, Holiday Drive-In
Find a list with even more wineries, breweries, and some of the best spots to eat on the regional southern Indiana website.
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