Uncork Recap: An Afternoon of Bliss

August 24, 2016 Events, Uncork the Uplands


Another Uncork the Uplands is in the books & we’re still reminiscing over the afternoon spent celebrating the amazing and innovative wineries of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail! With over 400 attendees, our nine wineries had their work cut out for them pouring over 60 different wines for the exhilarating 3-hour event!

This year we landed in the beautiful town of French Lick; home to French Lick Winery, Spirits of French Lick Distillery, and host to our event: French Lick Springs Hotel. All 60 rooms saved at French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotel were booked solid, giving event-goers a safe option to settle in after an afternoon of sipping on wine! And of course, easy access to the ballroom where all the fun occurred!


Entering the Windsor Ballroom, you were immediately immersed into the world of the IUWT. With live music playing in the background, attendees were able to visit each of the nine wineries along the trail, all in one place! At each stop there was tasting, pairing with delicious foods and conversation about the amazing viticulture and wine-making found along the Uplands.  The winery tables were placed throughout the room according to where they could be located on the north and south portions of the trail. Wooden directional signs could be found in the center of the room, pointing to their corresponding winery.

The number featured on each arrow indicated how far away each winery was to the location of the event! (See image: Owen Valley = 65 miles away from French Lick Resort.)

Axis Apparel Co. collected a steady crowd of on-lookers while live-printing specially designed t-shirts for the event! With their specialty water-based ink, the two designs of t-shirts flew off the screen-printer and into event-goers hands! Over 200 t-shirts were sold throughout the day!

Located in the north side of the room, artist Jessica Newlin could be found creating an over-sized illustration of the wine trail map! Each winery was carefully plotted, and even given their own icon to represent the essence of their culture.

Now that Uncork is behind us, we would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate IUWT! As we reflect on this year’s 6th annual running, we can’t help but feel immense gratitude to all of our incredible winemakers, guest artisans, and passionate guests who made the day possible! Cheers to another year of wine innovation!



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Holidays in the Uplands

October 30, 2015 Events, holidays


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Indy International Wine Competition results!

August 14, 2015 Awards, Events, News


The results are in from the Indy International Wine Competitions, one of the largest and most respected contests in the United States, in which 20 countries were represented this year with 2100 wines entered in 74 different wine classes. For instance, Zinfandel would be a class, as would many other grape varieties, including Chardonel and Chambourcin. In addition, there are blended wine categories too.

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries won 10 of the 74 classes! And we didn’t even have wines represented in every class.

But first, the big kudos go out to Huber’s Orchard and Winery. Congratulations Ted Huber for winning the Indiana Winemaker of the Year, and for Huber’s Orchard and Winery for winning the Governor’s Cup!

Also, a super great job goes out to French Lick Winery for winning the Traminette of the Year with their 2014 vintage. Traminette is the Indiana state grape, so this is a big award!

Winning a class means a winery had the very best entry in that classification. Those aren’t easy to win, especially considering our wines are judged against the best the world is entering.

So here is a list of the Best in Class!

Berry Wines – Best Vineyards

Carbonated – Huber Winery

Catawba – Huber Winery

Chambourcin – French Lick Winery

Chardonel – Butler Winery

Niagara – Turtle Run Winery

Other White Hybrids – Huber Winery

Pinot Gris / Grigio – Oliver Winery

Red American Blend – Turtle Run Winery

Sauvignon Blanc – Oliver Winery

When visiting the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries, exceptional wine exists everywhere. Each winery contributed to the following medal count.

Double Gold – All judges who tried these wines deemed them gold medal deserving. Not an easy feat. Only 6.6 % of all wines meet this mark. Indiana Upland Wineries – 10 double gold medals

Gold Medals – The standard bearer of excellence. Only 12% of all wines achieve this mark. Indiana Upland Wineries – 18 gold medals.

Silver Medals – Exceptional quality wines. Indiana Upland Wineries: 59 silver medals.

Bronze Medals – Good, solid, high quality wines. Indiana Upland Wineries: 23 bronze medals.

Indiana Uplands Wine Trail Wineries – Experience Wines on par with the best the world has to offer.

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Uncork the Uplands is right around the corner!

July 6, 2015 Uncork the Uplands


It’s hard to believe that it’s already July which means summer is in full-swing and it’s almost time for the 5th Annual Uncork the Uplands event! Just a friendly reminder, this year’s Uncork the Uplands will take place on Saturday, July 25 from 4-7pm at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in Borden, Indiana. It’s a beautiful summer event that you don’t want to miss!

Uncork the Uplands offers guests the rare opportunity to sample delicious, award-winning wines of all varieties from nine wineries in one place. This year, vino fans can also participate in guided tours of one of Indiana’s largest and oldest vineyards. From vines to orchards, guests can witness some of the many crops growing on Huber’s almost 800-acre farm that have contributed to Indiana’s agritourism for over 150 years. Nationally renowned wine, local cuisine and live music in an idyllic setting are the ingredients that make Uncork the Uplands a perfect summer blend.

This year’s Uncork the Uplands will be catered by Plantation Hall, Huber’s onsite catering company, and will also feature a special dessert offering from Peacetree Mountain Truffles. In addition to award-winning wine, great cuisine and a gorgeous landscape, guests can also enjoy live music.

Uncork the Uplands will take place on July 25, 2015 from 4-7 pm at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards located at 19816 Huber Road in Borden, Indiana. Tickets are just $60+tax. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is located within the Indiana Uplands American Viticultural Area, a federally recognized grape-growing region established in 2013.

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Wine and Doughnuts, an interesting pairing



Today is National Doughnut Day and what pairs well with everything? You guessed it—wine!

While it may leave some vino connoisseurs shaking their heads, wine can pair with America’s favorite fried dough. We don’t recommend drinking wine with your Dunkin’ Doughnuts or Krispy Kremes in the morning, but since it is National Doughnut day, you gotta at least try it once!

In the case of doughnuts, sweet pairs well with sweet. So enjoy your powdered, sprinkle, cinnamon, cake, glazed, jelly and all of your other favorite varieties with a sweet or sweet sparkling wine.

We recommend the following Indiana Uplands wines:

From Best Vineyards and Winery: Concord, a dark sweet wine with an awesome Concord flavor for  just about any occasion.

From Brown County Winery: Old Barrel Port, a barrel-aged port that is perfect for dessert or as a nightcap.

From Butler Winery: Vineyard White, a light grape-y wine made from Catawba. Just like eating grapes off the vine complete with the distinctive grapeskin zing on the finish.

From French Lick Winery: French Lick Tickle, a sweet bubbly blush wine with tangy citrus flavors.

From Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards: Sparking Starlight, a semi-sweet sparkling wine overflowing with aromas of pineapple, white peach, and pear.

From Oliver Winery: Creekbend Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, a unique dessert wine is made from frozen Vidal Blanc grapes picked in mid winter.

From Owen Valley Winery: Crimson & Cream, a unique, delicious blend of three grapes (Catawba, Niagara, and Cayuga)

From Turtle Run Winery: Slip My Mind, a wine that is just good. Too many great fruit flavors to name.

From Winzerwald Winery: Ice Style Wine, a very sweet white dessert wine.

Don’t be afraid to try your own unique combination because experimenting is half the fun! No matter how you choose to celebration National Doughnut day, Bon Appétit!

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DIY with the IUWT!

May 18, 2015 DIY

We love to get crafty, especially with leftover wine bottles and corks. The internet is brimming with ideas for repurposing old items, and we’ve created a list of our favorite wine-inspired DIY projects! (Don’t worry: They’re practically fool-proof!)

Create a unique picture frame with an empty wine bottle


Make your own herb garden with a cut wine bottle 


Make beautiful tea light lamps with wine glasses


Construct a hot plate out of wine corks


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5th Annual Uncork the Uplands


Tickets for the 5th annual Uncork the Uplands are now on sale! The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail’s signature event will take place on Saturday, July 25 at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in beautiful Borden, Indiana. Tickets can be purchased through Be sure to check our event’s websites for latest updates and happening for the event.

We can’t wait to see you all there!



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Chocolate Lovers' Weekend at the IUWT



Happy New Year from the Indiana Uplands! 2014 was a remarkable year and we’re excited about what’s in store for 2015!

Just like you, we’re longing for the return of summer and the opportunity to sit outside on a warm summer evening with a glass of wine, gazing across fields of vines. But we also believe in the beauty that winter has to offer and have some great upcoming events to help beat those Winter Blues!

When we think about Valentine’s Day, we think of wine (because we’re always thinking about wine), but we also think about chocolate. And we know you do, too! On the weekends of February 7 & 8 and 14 & 15, the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail will be hosting a delicious Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend at all 9 of our wineries.

Each winery will feature their unique twist on chocolate ranging from suggested wine and truffle pairings to a chocolately wine milkshake. Our tastebuds are already singing and we know yours will be, too!


Best Vineyards will offer guests:

  • Candied Orange Peel Tidbits Dipped in Rich Chocolate
  • Petite Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Chocolate Panna Cotta w/ Blueberry or Strawberry Wine Reduction
  • Chewy Brownie Bites with Sea Salt and Caramel

Brown County Winery will feature a chocolate milkshake made with their signature Black Raspberry Encore, plus chocolate ice cream sprinkled with chocolate shavings!

Butler Winery will be serving “various assorted chocolate items” for guests to choose from and will include a baked item, traditional chocolate truffles, and an unusual, but yummy, surprise!

French Lick Winery will be offering little love bites of 3 different flavors of our homemade fudge to pair with wine:

  • Himalayan Salted Caramel to pair with our Crema Dolce
  • Dark Chocolate to pair with any red or our Cherry
  • Chocolate Cheesecake: you decide which wine you like to pair it with!

Also available will be their Broken Hearts fudge because how do you mend a broken heart? With wine and chocolate, of course!

Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards will feature complimentary chocolate pairings with every wine tasting with 4 specially made chocolates from Schimpff’s, a Jeffersonville, IN chocolatier. Huber Wine Club members will also have a bonus chocolate made by Cellar Door Chocolates in Louisville, KY, that uses Huber’s newly released Bourbon. Live music will also play in the Garden Room from 1-5p.m. each Saturday and Sunday of Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend.

Oliver Winery will offer handmade chocolate truffles from Bloomington chocolatier Peacetree Mountain Truffles. Guests can choose 2 chocolates to pair with their wine tasting from Dark Chocolate Balsamic, Milk Chocolate Strawberry and White Chocolate Passion Fruit. Additionally, they will offer samples of delicious chocolate sauces by Best Boy and Co. on February 7 & 8, and by Stone Wall Kitchen on February 14 & 15.

Owen Valley Winery will serve the following 4 selections during the Chocolate Lovers’ event:

  • White Chocolate Mousse swirled with Strawberry Wine Syrup
  • Triple Chocolate Ghirardelli Brownie Bites with a Barrel Reserve Zinfandel Reduction
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
  • Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds

Turtle Run Winery will serve custom-made Chocolate Turtles, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and the very decadent white chocolate with their signature wines. Tippy and Tipsy are sure to make an appearance, too!

Winzerwald Winery will offer Free Tastings of 3 wines with 3 chocolates, and will feature a lineup of Organic Free Trade chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates:

  • Cherry Dark Chocolate
  • Toffee & Almond & Sea Salt Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate
  • Granola & Cinnamon Milk Chocolate
  • Chocolate bars will be available to purchase for your Valentine!

*Plus Save $1.00/bottle on all 6 featured wines.


Mark your calendars for our spectacular Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend and prepare to indulge!

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Holidays in the Uplands!

November 24, 2014 holidays

Check out our calendar of extraordinary upcoming holiday events from the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail!

(Click here to download the full-size version.)



And for even more IUWT happenings, be sure to check out our events page.

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4th of July Wine and Food Pairings


Which wine goes best with a hamburger or hotdog fresh off the grill? These are the questions a true wine connoisseur asks themselves every 4th of July. So what are the best wine pairings for the most patriotic day of the year? Here are our top 5 picks from around the wine trail to help you celebrate America and the red, white and wine!

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1.) The classic All-American beef hot dog will be complimented nicely with a fruity, bold dry red like Chambourcin.

2.) Going for a little surf n’ turf at your Independence Day BBQ? The natural sweetness of grilled shrimp makes it a perfect match for a subtly sweet white wine such as Indiana’s signature varietal – Traminette.

3.) Cabernet Sauvignon is without a doubt one of America’s favorite wines. If you’re looking to bust out the good stuff at your 4th of July gathering, try a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon with a juicy, grilled steak. Cabernet Franc’s earthy, dark fruit notes make a wonderful match as well!

4.) Pork lovers can’t go wrong with Chardonel. The notes of apple, citrus and oak will not overwhelm the herbal flavors in your favorite pork dish.

5.) What could be more American than dessert? To polish off your summer feast, sip an Uplands Port or a glass of Vidal Blanc with your slice of apple pie.

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