Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New winery opens in Harrison County, IN

Fast becoming pegged as a popular wine tour destination, Harrison County Indiana welcomes a fifth addition to the region's existing list of wineries offering tours and tastings. New to the area, Grateful Goat Vineyard and Winery joins popular Turtle Run Winery, Best Vineyards, Scout Mountain Winery and Indian Creek Winery, just in time for the holiday season. For complete information on area wineries and tours, and to order a free visitor’s guide, travelers can log on to www.thisisIndiana.org or call (888) 738-2137.

Located in Palmyra, IN, on West Palmyra Lake Road, owners John and Lindsay Fouts say their dream of opening a local winery was born several years ago.

“We began discussions and planning for the winery in 2003,” said John Fouts. “Once we re-located to Palmyra, we began putting the plans in to motion, planting our first acre of grapes in 2008. Then, in 2010 we planted another half acre. We plan to ultimately grow four to five acres of vineyards, " added Fouts.

Grateful Goat Vineyard and Winery is open Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Private tastings are also offered by appointment. The winery focuses on producing premium quality wines in a relaxed atmosphere at affordable prices. Wine tasting is complimentary. The winery also has a small gift shop with a selection of local products including goat milk soap with specialty gourmet items.

Corydon visitors have embraced the popularity of the area's many wineries As a result, the region's wine producers launched a Winter Wine Walk, which kicked off in downtown Corydon, on Saturday, December 11. Guests are encouraged skip the mall madness and shop for unique gifts, taste and purchase wine by the bottle from Corydon's outstanding area wineries. However, wineries will offer tours, tastings and wine and other specialty items for sale well beyond the holidays, giving travelers a one-of-a-kind experience this winter.

In addition to the area’s memorable wineries, Corydon visitors enjoy a vast collection of sites and attractions, from the spectacular Marengo and Squire Boone caves, to nostalgic old-time ice cream parlors. The State Historic Site marks Corydon’s place as Indiana’s first capitol, while the Constitution Elm, a Civil War battlefield and tours of one of the nation’s oldest standing early African American schoolhouses fascinate visitors. Diverse dining and accommodations include a historic B&B, affordable modern hotels, country caf├ęs and the world’s largest riverboat casino.

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