RENSSELAER, Ind. (WLFI) - Wine lovers have something to celebrate. Another winery recently opened in Jasper County.
Carpenter Creek Cellars winemaker Randy Rottler said they have something to prove.
"We wanted to show the world that we can make really nice wines from Midwestern products," Rottler said.
A love for wine that Rottler said has been 35 years in the making.
"I spent three years in Europe and I fell in love with German Rieslings and I've been passionate about wines every since," Rottler said.
The tasting room of the winery near Rensselaer is inside an old horse barn built in 1919.
Young grape vines line the property. Rottler said along with a glass of good, local wine it's a perfect stop for visitors.
"It's great for tourism for the state; we bring a lot of people in and they look for things to do locally, also with the way things are economically you can take day trips," Rottler said.
As Carpenter Creek Cellars is just opening its doors another local winery is gearing up for another year of providing award-winning wine. Whyte Horse Winery vineyard Manager Don Pampel said last year's drought didn't hurt the vines too much; instead it was the late freeze the area saw about this time one year ago
Pampel said this year they're doing things a little differently.
"We've changed it a little bit to leave our pruning just a little bit longer, so in case we do get a late freeze we do have a little more to work with, but so far right now every thing's doing good," Pampel said.
Sometimes Indiana weather doesn't cooperate, but when it comes to successful wineries Pampel said that's another story.
"Whether it's a great place to grow grapes, I can't answer that, but to start a winery right now," Pampel said. "It's really been good."
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