It was a perfect day for an outing, not just because it was warm and sunny, but because my husband had a break in his otherwise busy schedule. So we hopped into the car for a drive to drink in the autumn colors and to visit the Brown County Winery.
The winery was established in 1985 by David and Cynthia Schrodt, with the idea that handcrafted wines were a perfect fit for this region that values arts and locally made products.
“Our wine making style emphasizes natural favors in our grape wines, as well as our fruit wines,” their website says. The wines are made using Midwest grown French hybrid grapes and other fruits and berries. They have some award-winning dry wines, but their specialty is the sweet and semi-sweet wines.
We tried the Vista White, which is made of Muscat Canelli grapes, and was semi-sweet, very flavorful and crisp. The Vista Rosé, a blend of Catawba and Vinifer grapes was a bit sweeter and was a gold medal winner in the Indy International Wine Competition. The real winner, with double gold medals was the Vista Red, made up of 100% Concord grapes–this is like popping freshly-picked grapes straight into your mouth! The Autumn Red wine, made using Indiana grown Chambourcin grapes was dry and more complex.
David and Cynthia were behind the counter, serving samples, answering questions, and being generally congenial. Before leaving, we decided to try the Mulled Wine, which is made using their Vista Red or Cranberry Apple Wine. It was delicious and would be perfect when entertaining or just relaxing in the coming cold weather. The recipe and list of all their wines can be found at their website at: www browncountywinery.com