Destinations - Southern Indiana 2019 - Page 13

These pages overflow with Southern Indiana’s offerings for the whole family, but make no mistake: there’s plenty to do when it’s just the adults in the room. Sitting just a bridge away from Clark and Floyd counties, Louisville has (rightfully) claimed bragging rights on bourbon. That hasn’t stopped their Hoosier neighbors from getting in the distilling game. Before you head to the other side of the Ohio River for a more urban bourbon experience, how about enjoying the fresh air and charm of Starlight Distillery on the grounds of Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in Clark County? If wine is more your speed, the iconic Huber’s is a good place to start, too, but that’s hardly the end of the local wine scene. The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, which includes nine wineries, shows off the state’s rolling hills and distinct grape- growing region. Three of the trail’s wineries are right here in Southern Indiana. And if you tire of beautiful landscapes and fine wine, choose from one of the area’s local craft brewers for a more relaxed, downtown experience. INDIANA UPLANDS WINE TRAIL IN SOUTHERN INDIANA BEST VINEYARDS WINERY 8373 Morgans Lane SE, Elizabeth 812-969-9463 BUTLER WINERY (Bloomington) BROWN COUNTY WINERY (Nashville) Hours: Noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) FRENCH LICK WINERY (West Baden Springs) About: Best Vineyards is a family-owned winery and distillery in southern Indiana. Best Vineyards is mainly known for sweeter fruit-style wines and spirits. WINZERWALD WINERY (Bristow) HUBER’S ORCHARD WINERY & VINEYARDS 19816 Huber Road, Starlight 812-923-9463 Hours: May 8 through Sept. 30: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; Oct. 1 to Oct. 26: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; October 27 through May 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday The standard-setter, Huber Orchard, Winery & Vineyards is one of Indiana’s oldest and most revered wineries. In the vineyards, 18 different varieties of grapes are grown for the production of its varietals and blended wines. As Indiana’s largest wine-grape producer, its vineyards will produce nearly 400,000 pounds of grapes per year under normal weather conditions. TURTLE RUN WINERY 940 St. Peters Church Road NE, Corydon 812-952-2650 Hours: noon to 6 p.m. daily About: Turtle Run’s winemaking philosophy is based entirely on its motto, “to create exceptional quality wine that goes with food and friends.” That means no short cuts. It’s understanding that wines contain over 1,500 natural chemical compounds … and the nurturing it takes in the vineyard and winery to allow those natural flavors to express themselves. OTHER WINERIES ON THE INDIANA UPLANDS TRAIL OWEN VALLEY WINERY (SPENCER) OTHER SOUTHERN INDIANA WINERIES INDIAN CREEK WINERY 6491 County Line Road, Georgetown 502-396-6209 Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday during winter; call for additional hours Indian Creek Winery provides delectable wine, a place to taste wine for free, and just relax. With 33 acres of beautiful land and fine soil, Indian Creek decided to plant a few grapes. Making wine was a hobby then, but wine is best shared with friends and Indian Creek loves making new friends. Now its hobby has become a winery and a little “sip” of friendship on the hill. URBAN BOURBON EXPERIENCE BREWERIES CLARK COUNTY FLAT12 BIERWERKS 130 W. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville 812-590-3219 Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday About: Situated on the Ohio River in scenic downtown Jeffersonville, the rustic, yet polished taproom (21+) features a bar with 32 taps, a full menu for dine-in or carryout, and draft and packaged beer-to-go sold onsite. With ample table seating, and a spacious, heated-deck with a gorgeous waterfront view overlooking the Big Four Bridge to Louisville, the overall atmosphere is laid- back and inviting. Forego the alcohol (or don’t) and opt for a game of chance at the Horseshoe Casino of Southern Indiana in Elizabeth. After 20 years as a riverboat casino and hotel, Horseshoe is moving its gaming inland. Construction on a 100,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, but until then, the existing casino and hotel will remain open. OLIVER WINERY (Bloomington)