There’s a big Family Farm/Winery/Restaurant near us called Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards. It’s 600 acres in Starlight, Indiana and it’s a pretty neat place to see. During the fall months, there’s 10,000-15,000 people there daily on the weekends. They sell pumpkins and other fall-themed décor. Jimmy’s cousin, Jonathan, purchased a Groupon for a Winery Tour and asked us to go. Being big wine fans (and curious to see what Huber’s looks like in the “off” months) we thought it’d be a neat chance to see how the winery works.
We got there a little early and browsed around their shop. They had lots of wine-themed decor, including this cork holder:
They also had this fancy wine-tumbler glass. I liked it, but am I the only one that thinks it’s TOO SMALL? I like a glass that holds a good amount. But then again, I guess it depends on how good the wine is!
This is one of the wine-holder racks they had. It’s cute but it actually reminded me of paddles and if you put paddles on it, it’d be a perfect lake-house wine rack!
Then it was time to start the tour. Due to the popularity of the Groupon, they put us in groups of 30 and led us on the tour. First stop was the wine storage area. I love the look of barrels stacked.
Our tour guide was Joel (I think that was his name, if someone else wants to correct me, please do!) He was great! He was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Huber Winery production. He spoke loudly and clearly so everyone in the group could hear and I was glad to get someone who seemed to care about where they worked. He explained that cork actually lets air get to the wine, but a screw-cap (which most wine drinkers look down on) actually preserves the wine forever. Cork is good for wines which improve with age, but a screw-cap is good for the wines which you want to maintain their taste. (This is good to know in the event of a Zombie Apocolypse)
When we went through, they had fruit in boxes (that’s handpicked from Huber Winery’s own property!) waiting to get turned into wine.
This was in a small work area they had set up. I had to take a picture because I want to do something similiar at the lake. I want to put a Cracker Barrel checkers set on it so people can sit on the back deck and play checkers. Joel mentioned that there’s a huge waiting list for their wine barrels. He said even distilleries request their barrels because it adds flavor to their products.
For those who don’t live in Indiana, the Indiana Government recently passed House Bill #1293 which is related to an artisan’s distiller permit. Because of the new law, Huber’s can now produce, sell, and allow samplings of spirits. This is the only still they have as of now for bourbon but they are adding on and installing more stills with the new law being passed.
They had boxes of wine that was ready to sell.
This was their packaging area where they filled the wine bottles and added labels. For someone who’s used to seeing LARGE manufacturing facilities, this was tiny and hard to believe they can produce the amount of wine they do with such a small manufacturing area!
Then came my favorite part- the wine tasting! We tasted 8 different wines and Jimmy and I chose 3 from the “back page” which were the premium wines & spirits for an extra $2.00 each. My favorites were the Huber’s Ruby Port, Huber’s Strawberry Infusion, Huber’s Lakeside, and Huber’s Marcella. (And we went home with a bottle of each!)
Here’s Jimmy and I at the end of our tasting. We both chose to taste the Huber’s bourbon and it’s probably some of the smoothest bourbon I’ve had. But for $60/bottle, it should be! Jonathan (Jimmy’s cousin- who invited us to go with them on the tour) got a good photobomb in too!
Have you guys been to Huber’s or do you have a favorite winery around you?