Cliff Herb Farm
opens new winery on its premises
opens for season in April
COMMISKEY, Ind. (April 2007) Visitors to Stream
Cliff Herb Farm in Commiskey, Ind., this year will be able to sample
and purchase wine made right on the premises. Owners Gerald and Betty
Manning in late March opened a new winery in the old blacksmith shop
on the farm, which dates to 1821.
Manning says the new winery will
have a horse-centered theme since it is
located in the former blacksmith shop.
The room itself has been dubbed General Morgans
Tasting Room because during the Civil War thousands of Confederate Gen.
John Morgans Raiders came on horseback to the farm as they raced
across southern Indiana with a Union cavalry hot on their tails.
We have had 30 years of a good farm business, and with our other
interests in gourmet cooking, herbs and flowers, it seemed just natural
to add in the new winery, Betty Manning said.
She said the idea to open a winery on the farm came after her Gerald
was told by his cardiologist to exercise and drink a glass of red wine
each evening. He began to research wine making, and so at that point
they decided to start their own winery.
It took years of preparation, paperwork and permits, but the winery
is now up and running, Betty said.
Stream Cliff Farm Winery will have a horse-centered theme, since it
is located in the old blacksmith store. Each wine has a horse name and
label. Some of the names include, Sippin White, Sippin
Red, Thunder Hooves, Sweet Scarlet, Daisys
Delight, Golden Gallop and Spotted Horse.
Betty said on opening day, it was wine the Mannings granddaughter
called Pink Pig that turned out to be the most popular.
Ten wines produced on the farm were introduced on opening day, but eventually
there will be 12 at the winery, she said.
When visitors arrive at Stream Cliff Herb Farm, they will find a historic
farmstead on hilly grounds with an 80-foot cliff along Graham Creek.
Many of the buildings on the grounds are original historic buildings,
including the Keeping Room, the Country Store, Cabin and Summer Kitchen
shops and the barns.
There are several beautiful gardens for strolling through, including
a Sanctuary Garden and a Butterfly Garden. There are a variety of classes
offered at Stream Cliff Herb Farm and several annual events.
In April, the farm will hold several events as it kicks off the 2007
season. Visit their website to view their upcoming events.
For more information, call Stream Cliff
Farm at (812) 346-5859 or visit: www.streamclifffarm.com.
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