Our History

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail was founded in 2003 as a way for people to explore the great wine being produced in southern Indiana. Nine wineries are members of the trail — not a physical path, per se, but a way to wind through the Indiana Uplands grape-growing region.

But let’s start at the beginning: After all, grape growing and winemaking in the Indiana Uplands goes back 170 years.

It began in the 1840s with the Huber family planting vineyards in Starlight, setting the roots for what would become Huber Winery, a founding member of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail.

Others grape-growing pioneers joined in, and by 1880, a quarter of the wine produced in Indiana was coming from the Indiana Uplands.

Prohibition halted it all, of course — but winemaking bounced back in the 1960s. Vines were planted northwest of Bloomington at Oliver Winery, a founding member of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail. Then, in the late 1980s, the Huber family began replanting its vines.

In more recent years, the wineries in the Indiana Uplands have opened tasting rooms and welcomed wine-drinkers to tour production facilities and vineyards. The result? Our storied Indiana Uplands Wine Trail.