Wednesday, June 5

Indiana Uplands Wine Trail: 3rd Annual Uncork the Uplands July 27

The nine wineries of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail are located throughout south-central Indiana. On Uncork the Uplands Saturday, July 27, in Bloomington, Ind., 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. Details follow below.

Saturday, July 27, they will all gather for one night at the 3rd annual

As of February 2013, the Indiana Uplands is a federally recognized grape-growing region, known as 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

Vineyard Tour
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, Noon–3pm
Where: Creekbend Vineyard, 7508 N. Woodall Road, Ellettsville, IN

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

Participating Wineries for Sampling

Participating Speakers
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. 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.

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)

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on,, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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