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MONDAY & TUESDAY by appointment



Lanthier Winery Staff & Family



We work hard and play harder.
We laugh and cut up and sometimes get a little loud.
We are sometimes messy, but we will clean it up

We are the Lanthier Winery Family

From the Friendly Fermenter and Director of Chaos to the 'we are very glad you are here' Volunteers, we have people in and out of the winery all helping create the experience we hope you truly enjoy. Whether you are tasting in the cellar tasting room or strolling in the garden, we all work for the same goal and that is to create -

"a far away feeling, close enough to taste."

aka The Friendly Fermenter

Christopher’s dream to pursue his own business began with a simple thought inspired by visits to Napa Valley wine country in 1990. His meticulous attention to detail is what had created so many loved and award winning wines throughout the years.

Master Gardener
aka Director of Chaos

Ms. Hagemier holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.  Despite her role as Lanthier Winery's CEO, she prefers that most persons know her as the winery's Master Gardener.

The Family

aka The Fam

We have full time, part time, seasonal, interns and volunteers that all come together to make Lanthier Winery a favorite tourist destination. .


Chris Lanthier


Christopher’s dream to pursue his own business began with a simple thought inspired by visits to Napa Valley wine country in 1990. Following numerous “wine trail” trips throughout the United States and other countries, he investigated the possibilities of establishing a winery in Historic Madison.

He discovered an old stone building, hidden behind immense shrubs and debris. What followed was four years of restoration, renovation and rehabilitation to the Mill Street building and grounds. During those four years the winery and surrounding properties were entirely stripped to make way for Lanthier’s vision …a winery that felt as if it belonged in the small villages of Europe but had American appeal and comfort. Cellarmaster Christopher Lanthier premiered his handcrafted, award wining wines September of 1994 when he celebrated the grand-opening of Madison’s oldest winery, Lanthier Winery during the winery’s annual Harvest Celebration Festival.

Mr. Lanthier has traveled the world, tasting wine, studying tourism and learning more about the art and science of wine making. He is a member of the Indiana Wine Grape Guild. He has acted as consultant and advisor to numerous individuals seeking to open new wineries in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. Lanthier credits his staff for the winery’s continued success and expansion and encourages anyone seeking a “far away feeling, close enough to taste” and to visit his dream come true at Lanthier Winery in Historic Madison Indiana.



Tami Hagemier


Ms. Hagemier holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.  She has extensive business experience including business start-ups, profitability analysis and growth management.  Despite her role as Lanthier Winery's CEO, she prefers that most persons know her as the winery's Master Gardener.

She and her husband Chris founded Lanthier Winery.  Tami has been instrumental in the company's continued success and rapid growth. She is involved in a multitude of local, state and national boards and organizations,  Ms. Hagemier has been honored on numerous occasions for her outstanding public service efforts. Tami has a fondness for all creatures and in 2005 accepted a board position with the Jefferson County Humane Society where she assists with fund raising, humane care issues and shelter oversight.  She has rescued more than 30 abused or abandoned cats since moving to Madison in 1991. In 2003 she implemented a wild bird rehabilitation and release program based in Lanthier Winery's gardens.  She has trained several staff on the care, feeding and release of injured birds. 

Tami enjoys painting and sketching, photography, gardening and travel.  She has visited Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Thailand, China, Fiji, Malaysia, Costa Rica and Europe. Her future travel plans include India, Turkey and Greenland.  She laughing reports she hopes to someday, "never have to talk on the phone or answer an email again."




Deb is a wealth of knowledge and brings the best smile to the tasting counter but please feel free to challenge her. We will judge as fairly as possible. She knows Madison and Jefferson County well so if you have questions about where to grab a bite to eat or what to do after visiting the winery just ask.

Tasting Counter Extraordinaire


Gabby has the special touch and makes the winery garden grow. She puts her heart and soul into her labor of love. She gets down and dirty in the garden all for the greater good of the beautiful bloom. Give a round of applause for Gabby and her garden helpers. Beware though... she better not catch you littering or tearing up the flower beds. Just a kind reminder.

Garden Flower Power


Susan is her real name... but Susie Q is what you'll hear around the winery. Susan has been at the tasting counter, garden events and all around the winery and off site events. She has a great smile and brings joy to all our visitors but also our lives here at the winery - but one bad thing is she hates her photo taken.... she keep trying though.

Tasting Counter Extraordinaire


We can't thank our families and friends for all the help and guidance throughout the years. From helping us start out getting the property cleaned up to re-cleaning up during the floods, to assisting during events, loading wine, help bottling, building or fixing something on the building or just being there for a good laugh our family and friends are truly what help get us through and make Lanthier Winery it is ... "a far away feeling, close enough to taste." Many have spent countless hours at the winery just to help make an event run smooth, or get wine bottled for the holidays or load wine out of the building because the water was rising towards to building. No matter how big or small - everyone that has helped Lanthier Winery throughout the years holds a special place in our hearts and we always be appreciated.