A Brief History of Wine Making in the Area
They don’t call it little Switzerland for nothing – Switzerland County earned its name when winemakers from Vevey Switzerland selected the area for its land ideal for growing grapes. “New Switzerland” was settled by the John James Dufour family in early 1800s in search of an area in which to settle a colony of “vinedressers.” Here, in the rich Ohio River Valley, began the dawn of the American wine making revolution and the first successful commercial winery in the United States.
A Bit About the Wine Trail
This trail involves 7 different wineries in a scenic route around Southeastern Indiana. Along the river resides Madison Vineyards Estate Winery, Lanthier Winery, and Thomas Family Winery in the Madison area. Dearborn County is host to Holtkamp Winery – the Wine Trail’s newest addition, Jennings County has Stream Cliff Winery, in Ripley County there is Ertel Cellars Winery, and Switzerland County’s own Ridge Winery. Along with their beautiful wineries, each town is home to lodging, dining, shopping, and adventure worthy of a visit.
If you’re unable to visit all the destinations along the trail that are on your bucket list in one visit – you’re in luck. The Wine Trail can be traveled as a self-guided tour of the area outside of its seasonal events in which all the wineries participate: Souper Saturday, Spring into the Valley, Indiana Artisan Weekend, and Fall Haul. For more information on events by the Indiana Wine Trail – click here.
Switzerland County – The Ridge Winery & Tasting Room
The Ridge Winery is owned and run by Switzerland County residents Tom and Jane Demaree. With decades of experience in wine making, Tom has grown from opening in 1995 with only three different wines to producing seventeen different wines and earning over 20 prestigious awards. Three of the latest productions are wines aged in select Kentucky bourbon barrels, and are becoming a fast favorite among the winery’s guests.
The Ridge Winery Tasting Room, run by Greg and Traci Pavy, will be participating in the Spring into the Valley Wine Trail event on April 15th 2017 with delicious wine and dip pairings. They will be serving a chocolate fondue, Hawaiian pineapple dip, and homemade jellies. Enjoy these decadent dips with any of their award winning wines and the best dam view of the river!
For more information on wines and where they can be purchased, click here visit The Ridge Winery’s Website. Or give them a call at 812-427-3380. We hope to catch you on the trail!