The Wilsons, who developed an appreciation for fine wines during their extensive world travels and while experimenting with home winemaking, say Carousel Winery “just sort of happened.”
With guidance from Purdue University, the couple honed their winemaking skills and now have their sights set on becoming one of Indiana’s premiere wineries.
Started in 2003, the winery currently offers a selection of dry whites, dry reds, fruit wines, a semi-dry/semi sweet white, sweet white, sweet red, and a specialty winter spice wine. The couple loves developing new wines and Sue says it would take her three lifetimes to make all the different ones she wants to create.
In addition to their passion for fine wine, the Wilsons share a passion for fine art. On the first Saturday of each month the winery hosts an “Artist on Review” evening featuring the works of a local artist. The art remains on display in the winery for the rest of the month. The winery’s tasting room features a more permanent Indiana art installation —-a bar created by local artist Billy Harper, made with local Bedford limestone.
In addition to developing more wines, the Wilsons would like to grow their newly established wine cruise vacation business and develop the area around the winery to become a tourist destination “drawing on the area’s beautiful natural resources to expand the tourism industry in Lawrence County.”
The Indiana Artisan logo on their product has already positively influenced their customers. Sue says many are curious about the Indiana Artisan program and impressed when she tells them about Indiana’s commitment to support and promote local producers.
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