September 19, 2017

Cooper’s Hawk Opens in Merrillville, IN, Coming Soon to OH and MO

Chicago based Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opened its ninth location this month in Hobart (Merrillville) Indiana. This year, Cooper’s Hawk also will be opening restaurants and wineries in Cincinnati, Columbus and Kansas City. The Cooper’s Hawk concept of pairing proprietary wines with the restaurant’s menu was launched in Orland Park, Illinois in 2005. Cooper’s Hawk now produces over 125,000 gallons of wine annually in its Countryside, Illinois facility outside Chicago making it the largest wine maker in Illinois, surpassing Blue Sky Winery in Makanda and Lynfred Winery in Roselle. (Cooper’s Hawk founder Tim McEnerny once worked at Lynfred.)  The majority of grapes for Cooper’s Hawk wines come from California, Oregon and Washington. Winemaker Rob Warren is a graduate of Brock’s Cool Climate and Viticulture Institute in Ontario, Canada.

During 2011, Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Cooper’s Hawk Restaurants cost $5 million each to open. Crain’s placed Cooper’s Hawk’s 2011 sales at $50 million.

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About Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.