For Wine Lovers
wine tasting event planned
at Madisons riverfront in April
Indiana wineries plan to participate
(April 2012) Don Rowland started growing grapes
in 1990, and for the first few years, didnt have much luck. Thats
when he decided to contact Purdue University, where he later enrolled
in courses to learn their method for successful grape growing. The
grapes I have now have been growing since around 1995, and Ive
continued to add to them every year, Rowland said. He owns and
operates Rowland Winery, a 100 percent family-run business in Dillsboro,
The winery opened in July 2011 and currently sells wines
wholesale to liquor stores and retail at wine festivals. Rowland Winery
will begin construction on a tasting room this spring and anticipate
it to be open to the public by the fall of this year.
We attend as many wine festivals as we can, Rowland said.
They have participated in wine festivals across Indiana, including the
Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay. Thats where Rowland met Pat Carr,
who has coordinated the wine pavilion at the Vevay festival for seven
years. Rowlands chance meeting with Carr resulted in a business
contact that will bring his wines to Madison, Ind., in late April.
During her years with the Swiss Wine Festival, Carr saw a 70 percent
growth in sales at the wine pavilion she ran there. One night Carr and
her sisters, who also participated in the festival, were chatting about
its growth and an idea for a new business was born. Things may have
ended there, but with a visit to Madison and a trip to the riverfront,
the sisters ideas began to take shape.
On April 21, A Taste of Spring will make its debut on Madisons
riverfront. We envisioned something that would be very elegant
and classy, and Madison is a classy town, Carr said. The event
will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Vaughn Drive, just east of
the riverfront gazebo. Cost for admittance to the event is $20 per person,
which includes a commemorative wine glass.
Tastings are included, but full glasses and bottles will also be available
for purchase. The event will feature wine tastings from six Indiana
wineries, including Rowlands, along with a cheese booth and live
entertainment by Josh Powers. Tickets are currently available at the
Lanier-Madison Visitors Center but may also be purchased at the gate
the day of the event.
This will be Partners in Wine, the name of Carr and her
sisters business. It will be their first wine tasting event, but
they expect to branch out and hold similar wine events across southern
Our goal is to eventually hold three or four a year, Carr
said. They anticipate nearly 1,000 people to attend the inaugural event
Although no local wineries will be participating in the event, it will
feature all Hoosier wineries. We invited all the local wineries,
but none of them chose to participate, Carr said. We really
hope they change their minds next year.
In addition to Rowland Wineries, the event will showcase Huber Winery
from Starlight, Indian Creek Winery from Georgetown, Carousel Winery
from Mitchell, and Chateau Pomije from Guilford.
This is an event for all wine lovers, locals and tourists alike,
VisitMadison Inc. Executive Director Linda Lytle said, Were
always happy to have a new event in Madison, and with Madisons
rich history with wine, this event is a perfect fit. Anytime an event
brings new people to town we know they will be back again and again.
For more information on this event, call
Pat Carr at (513) 582-9326.
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