I made a quick visit, recently, to check out the Butler Winery & Vineyards just 10 minutes from northeastern Bloomington. The owners, Jim and Susie Butler, established the winery in 1983, after Jim spent 6 years working at Oliver Winery.
The Butlers are proud of the fact that most of their wines are produced using Indiana-grown grapes. Jim is considered one of the leaders in the Indiana wine industry and co-authored the book Indiana Wine: A History.
Butler Winery was the first in Indiana to win one of the top five awards at the Indy International Wine Competition. Their 2008 Chambourcin Rosé won first place in the Rosé category–no small feat, considering the fact that all together, there were more than 3,000 wines, with 10 countries participating. The top shelf at the tasting room has bottles draped with their multiple awards.
I tried the 2011 Chambourcin Rosé, and could easily see why the earlier vintage was an award winner. The Traminette was a must-try, since the Traminette grape is Indiana’s state grape–man, I love this state! I also tried the Indiana White and Indiana Red–all of them outstanding! Last, but not least, was the Late Harvest
Vignoles, which knocked my socks off!
So, at this harvest season, I’ll be giving thanks for the sweet grapes of Indiana and our talented men and women who have created such delicious beverages from them!