It’s taken many years and plenty of trial and error to figure out which wines I really love. In our early twenties, my husband and I went on a trip to Napa and had no clue what we were doing or what anyone was talking about. We had a ton of fun (and wine, of course) but admittedly needed some education.

Fast forward a decade, and we have a better appreciation of the art and science behind wine and the ways it enhances so many of our meals and moments. I’ve discovered a handful of beloved bottles that seem to go well with everything, and try to stay stocked up on these adopted “house wines” for friends, neighbors and mostly—myself! When you love something, don’t let it go. Buy cases and cases of it! (That’s how the saying goes, right?)

Here’s some good news: you don’t have to go to the West Coast to experience good wine. Hamilton County, Indiana is doing their thing right here, no travel required. Without further ado, here are five local wineries to discover in #VisitHC.

Harmony Winery

Harmony Winery in Fishers offers the unique experience of letting you create your own signature wines complete with your own label. Mix up a batch of white, red, fruit or dessert wine and take the bottle(s) home or give them to friends to impress.

 

 

Peace Water Winery

Peace Water Winery in Carmel donates 50% of wine profits to charities locally and globally, so you’re making the world a better place just by sipping on delicious wine here. The tasting room in the Carmel Arts and Design District is the perfect spot to sample a Cabernet or Chardonnay after work or during your next date night.

Country Moon Winery

Noblesville’s Country Moon Winery offers vineyard tours and free wine tastings, so come ready to sample and discover your new favorite! (Pro tip: try the Apple Spice this fall, a dry fruit wine.)

Urban Vines

Urban Vines

Pop into Urban Vines in Westfield, Hamilton County's newest winery and indulge in a wine flight and charcuterie board on the string light patio, overlooking the vineyard and pond. Local artists perform live a few nights a week, in addition to trivia nights. In the warmer months, sip on a wine slushie (yes, you heard that right. Wine. Slushie.). And did I mention they have champagne on tap?

Blackhawk Winery and Vineyard

Blackhawk Winery and Vineyard in Sheridan creates unique blends that err on the drier side (good news for many of us!) They grow American and French-American hybrid grapes in their vineyard. Check their website for yoga and music events throughout the year.

 

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