Indiana Uplands viticultural area boosts county


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Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Chateau de Pique winemaker John McMahan checks on a bundle of stuben grapes on the vine at the Seymour winery last year. While the dry hot weather has been very hard for many farmers, the weather has caused grapes to sweeten beyond normal. The sweetness of the grapes is added to the wines' flavor.


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Chateau de Pique winemaker John McMahan checks on a bundle of stuben grapes on the vine at the Seymour winery last summer. While the dry hot weather has been very hard for many farmers, the weather has caused grapes to sweeten beyond normal. The sweetness of the grapes is added to the wines' flavor.


Indiana winemakers received a nod of validation and credibility earlier this month from the federal government with the selection of the Indiana Uplands as an American Viticultural Area.

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau granted the designation on

Feb. 5, establishing 4,800 square miles in all or portions of 19 counties of south central Indiana, including parts of western Jackson County.

Indiana winemakers have petitioned for the designation for almost 10 years.

Now, Indiana wineries growing grapes will be on the same page as the 200 viticultural areas in the United States such as California’s Napa Valley. The designation of the viticultural area allows vintners to better describe the origin of their wines by including the official viticultural area on the label of the wine.

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