March 24, 2017

Indiana’s Bill Oliver Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

At the recent Eastern Winery Exposition in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Bill Oliver, president of Oliver Winery, won a Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill runs one of the leading (and biggest) wineries in our region. It's also 100% employee owned. You can read about Bill's winery in our profile: Oliver Winery's Journey to Become Midwest's Largest Winery  … [Read more...]

Oliver Winery’s Journey to Become Midwest’s Largest Winery

During the early '80s, Oliver Winery resembled a rustic farmstand by the side of Highway 37 in Bloomington, Indiana. Today, Oliver is the largest winery in the Midwest with production estimated to be over one million gallons a year. During February, Bill Oliver spoke at the Michigan Grape and Wine Conference about how he grew his father's winery and what he sees for the future.It all started … [Read more...]

Craft Beer Craze Opens Doors for Midwest Cider, Sparkling and Wine

The growing U.S. appetite for regional craft beers is having a positive, knock-on effect for the makers of local cider, sparkling and still wine.  According to the Brewers Association, the craft beer industry grew by more than ten percent last year, continuing nearly a decade of strong expansion.  U.S. cider sales are also up, increasing  23% from 2010, the fourth straight year of double-digit … [Read more...]

Midwest Wineries Winners at Finger Lakes

Midwest Wineries were well represented in the winner's circle at the recent 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition:Best of CompetitionBest Riesling- Chateau Fontaine, Lake Leelanau, MI, Don and Lucie Matthies,  ownersBest Ice Wine- Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay,  MI,  Lee Lutes,  head wine maker.Double Gold MedalsCherry, Ackerman Winery,  Amana, IA,  Linda and Les … [Read more...]

Reds a “Natural” at Indiana’s Oliver Winery

"Reds grow here!"  exclaims Bernie Parker, Vineyard Manager at Creekbend Vineyards, the agricultural division of Oliver Winery of Bloomington, Indiana.  And that’s not just his opinion; it’s his track record.  From the grapes grown at Creekbend, Oliver Winery produces a full line of both hybrid and viniferia estate wines, including their award-winning reds.From estate grown Chambourcin, Oliver … [Read more...]