Oliver Winery began in the 1960s as a hobby in the basement of Indiana University law professor William Oliver. His enthusiasm for making wine led him to establish a vineyard northwest of Bloomington, and in 1972 he opened to the public. Professor Oliver's son, Bill Oliver, took over the family business in 1983 and focusing on enhancing the visitor experience with better wine, elaborate gardens, and great customer service – overseeing what has grown to become Indiana’s oldest and largest winery.
We are proud to have the most modernly equipped winery in the eastern United States, investing in state-of-the-art equipment to preserve the most flavor from the very best fruit. We source dozens of grape varieties from top viticultural areas across the country, from California to Oregon to our own location in Northwest Monroe County, Creekbend Vineyard. On the site of Professor Oliver’s original vines, Creekbend was established in 1994 as the winery's commitment to making great wine from Indiana-grown grapes. Indiana's long, warm summers allow the broadest range of grapes to ripen and thrive, including challenging varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio. Twenty-seven fields of grapes are currently grown on the fifty-six acre vineyard.
Oliver Winery’s timber frame tasting room and production facilities sit on 15 beautifully landscaped acres and are a popular destination for picnics and outdoor events, listed by the Wall Street Journal as one of twelve wineries to visit in the United States. October 2012 saw the opening of Oliver Winery Downtown on the historic Bloomington Square, focusing on the Creekbend Collection and serving wines alongside gourmet cheese plates and house made desserts. We now have two locations to taste and experience our over 40 varieties of premium wines - we hope to see you soon!
Winery and tasting room:
8024 N. State Road 37
Bloomington, IN 47404
Downtown tasting room:
105 N. College Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Tasting room hours:
Main tasting room at the winery on State Road 37: Monday–Saturday, 10am–6pm; Sunday, Noon–6pm.
Downtown tasting room on College Avenue: Monday–Wednesday, 2–10pm; Friday and Saturday, 2–11pm; Sunday, noon–6pm.
$4.67 per person, plus tax, for a guided tasting of up to 8 wines
- Free tours of the production facility on weekends
- Outdoor seating
- Gardens and pond
- Gift shop with gourmet picnic foods
- Three private event spaces.
- Creekbend Chardonel 2011: Harvested in mid-September 2011, aromas of honeydew and vanilla fall into ripe flavors of apricot and peach on this lovely dry white. Malolactic fermentation creates a rich, soft mouthfeel, and barrel fermentation on a third of the wine adds the right accent of richness and toasted oak. Pairs beautifully with creamy pasta dishes or smoked seafood.
- Creekbend Chambourcin 2010: Chambourcin really benefitted from the amazing 2010 growing season. Highlighted by warm, steady temperatures and very little rain leading up to harvest, fruit ripened with great flavors and chemistry. Barrel aging in 25% new French oak lent delicately toasted wood character that complements this wine’s soft berry flavors, mature tannins, and rich mouthfeel. An amazing dry red grown right here in Indiana.
- Creekbend Catawba 2011: Catawba was the first widely grown grape for making wine in the United States. In the mid-1800’s, more than 30,000 acres of this grape were grown along the Ohio River in Indiana and Ohio. We planted this varietal knowing it would thrive at Creekbend Vineyard. Cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks help us to capture all of Catawba’s ripe flavors of strawberry, peach and cotton candy. A marvelous expression of the fruit in a semi-sweet wine.