Red or white, sweet or dry; you’ll find a wine to sip and enjoy along the South Shore Winery Trail.
Nestled in Jasper County farmland sits Carpenter Creek Cellars, an award-wining winery featuring a number of Midwestern grape varieties. Try their Traminette, made from the Traminette grape, Indiana’s signature wine grape. Similar to a Gewurztraminer, Traminette has floral aromas and fruity flavors. On a sunny afternoon, Carpenter Creek Cellars features outdoor seating in the quiet countryside.
Playing to your athletic side, Running Vines winery features wine varieties from their “Fit Collection” and “Race Collection.” The Fit is a collection of traditional wines that range from dry to semi-dry. The Race incorporates sweeter blended varietals. Conveniently located in downtown Chesterton, Running Vines is a must-stop after an afternoon along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Shady Creek Winery in Michigan City features custom crafted wines on expansive grounds and a great atmosphere. Enjoy lite bites with your wines nestled by a fireplace or cozy on the patio. Wines range from dry white like a Chardonel to a delicious semi-sweet chocolate raspberry dessert wine.
Try something different at Aftermath Cidery and Winery in Valparaiso, a place where artisanal ciders and friendly faces come together. Check their website for upcoming events and can't miss ciders. Or visit the South Shore's very own meadery, Misbeehavin' Meads, also in Valparaiso.
Three more stops along the trail include Anderson's Vineyard & Winery, Butler Winery & Vineyards and Whyte Horse Winery.