Indiana might not be the first state you think of for wine production, but a new local winery is hoping to change that.
And the wines they produce are unlike any you've ever heard of before.
Two EE’s winery is this week’s Locally Made Monday.
Two EE's opened its doors just a year ago, but its history goes back nearly eight years.
Owners Emily Hart and Eric Harris say you won't find a cabernet or a chardonnay at their winery.
The vines have ripened just south of Roanoke.
Two EE's winery is popping the cork on its first year.
"To open that first bottle... The first bath that we bottled was Catawba. We sold out pretty quickly. That was the first wine we sold out of,” Harris says.
Right now, most of their grapes come from vineyards it owns in California and Pennsylvania.
But some come from right out the back door.
"Out here we have planted Traminette, which is Indiana's signature wine grape, Diamond, which is our most popular white wine, Brianna, which isn't something we've released yet as a varietal,” Harris says.
Those don't sound like merlot or pinot.
In fact, you won't find the usual types of wines from Two EE's
"Ours are unique, or you probably haven't heard of them yet because we went out of our way to source unique varietals,” Harris says.
Harris says their unconventional wines are intended to be that way.
"You can go to any store in the world that sells wine and buy cabernet, merlot, chardonnay... And we wanted our place to offer you something different. Not only with the tasting experience, and being able to view the production space, but also a completely unique wine, something very new to you,” Harris says.
You'll find their wines in local restaurants or at their tasting room off Highway 24 south of Roanoke.
They host wine tasting and events year-round, and you can watch the twelve employees on the production side.
Hart says the love of wine is all about family.
"It's great to have a family business. I know Eric will agree. Both of our families pitch in a lot and also work with us, so it's so nice to have people who really care one hundred percent just as much as you do to make a business run really well,” Hart says.
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