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Steve Crabtree - Grapes
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Chris Lanthier with vineyard sunrise
As Lanthier Winery's wines gained popularity and more wines were created the winery had to look for quality grapes and juice to use in the wine to meet the demand that was quickly rising. Prior to this using grapes from Lake Erie, the winery had used grapes from Switzerland County Indiana - just a 20 minute drive along the Ohio River from Madison. As you would follow the rambling roads from Madison Indiana to Jacksonville Vineyards, located on a curvy interlude in nearby Vevay, a beautiful vineyard appeared and provided luscious fruit for Madison's oldest winery, Lanthier Winery. What once were fields of tobacco are now sunny, rolling hillsides sprouting posts and wires. Draped vines glisten with clusters of wine grapes and give homage to a tradition of the area from years ago. Welcome to one of the best vineyards in the Midwest. See the Jacksonville Vineyards Photo Gallery
The auspicious title of the Ohio River Wine Grape Appellation was awarded to the rolling hills of Southeastern Indiana years ago. Since that time, some vineyards have begun to replace the traditional crops of corn and tobacco. To learn more about grape growing or wine grape regions visit indianawines.org
The hills of Steve and Mona Crabtree’s vineyard sit high above the Ohio River moments away from Madison Indiana. The ideal location allows warm breezes to rustle the grape leaves and push back the killing fingers of late spring frosts. Lanthier Winery wines are proudly produced from the grapes of Jacksonville Vineyards, where some of the best fruit is available to Indiana vintners.
Lanthier Winery grapes were hand picked, placed in bins for rinsing and tossed into the crusher-destemmer where sharp blades rotate to break the grapes skin and remove any stems, seed or debris. What remains following the 'crush' is grape must. The 'must' will then be transported to Lanthier Winery where Cellarmaster Chris Lanthier will press the grapes to make juice.
Lanthier Winery owners, Chris Lanthier & Tami Hagemeier, thank the Crabtree's and Jacksville Vineyards for such an amazing opportunity to place some of the best grapes into Lanthier Winery wines and experience the work of plucking each grape to produce some of the first wines of the winery. Even though our grapes now come from Northern Indiana, Lanthier Winery cherishes the memories of days in the vineyard.
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sunrise on grapes
Hand Crafted Wines
All the wines at Lanthier Winery are hand crafted by our Cellarmaster Chris Lanthier and ONLY available at Lanthier Winery's location on Mill Street in Madison, Indiana
Free Wine Tastings
Tastings at Lanthier Winery are not limited to one or two, but you are able to taste all of our wines at your leisure. Harvest Celebration Festival weekend is the only weekend when tastings are charged due to the volume of visitors at the winery.