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Madison Vineyards Estate Winery

Madison Vineyards Estate Winery

Madison Vineyards Estate Winery
1456 E 400 N
Madison, Indiana
USA 47250
Phone: (812) 273-6500

Contact: Steven Palmer
Email: vineyard@seidata.com

We're frequently asked how we came to be in the wine business. I always blame it on the wine kit I gave
Steve for our first Christmas together. We lived in a small apartment. I'd come home from work to the smell of grape juice fermenting in the kitchen or be
attacked by fruit flies at the entrance.

Later we bought a house with a basement and the wine making continued. We had always been interested in making, tasting, or drinking wine anywhere we traveled.
And we've always been lucky enough to find friends with similar interests.

We bought some land in 1975 in Washington county and
planted our first vineyard. We sold most of the grapes to other wineries, of course keeping the best fruit for our basement production. Although the passion still grew so did our family and we decided to sell the vineyard in the early '80's and put wine growing on the back burner for a while.

The rebirth began in 1994, although the home wine making never stopped. After an extensive search for just the right land and location. We purchased the present Madison Vineyards, which was an old cattle farm, and began to plant our roots. We planted an initial five acres which has grown every year since. With the
help of close friends and family we have cultivated our vines and perfected our wine making to produce award winning wines. This winery began when we finally decided that it was time to live a dream rather than dream of life.

We still ask ourselves why. It's not easy and sometimes makes us crazy. It is not a "get rich quick plan", but a wonderful way of life. When we have a chance to sit on the deck and toast the sunset, or bottle another estate wine that we planted by hand,
nurtured and harvested through sweat and tears, it all makes sense. We hope you will escape to Madison Vineyards and watch the sunset from the deck, or a bunny and deer cross the field, or the birds train for harvest. In the word of my sister-in-law, "It's good for the soul".

Building the vineyard and winery has been a great
experience. Every year adds a new chapter to our story.
Brothers, Sister, Mothers, Nieces, Nephews, Son and now
Daughter, and of course great Friends all have helped us
tremendously by woodworking, planting, picking, pruning,
marketing, suckering and running the tasting room. Steve came up with a toast the first year we planted that we used as a sort of "vineyard blessing". It continues to express our heartfelt thanks, "To Friends, To Family & To the Good Earth!".
We invite you to come and share in our dream and taste true quality, regional, estate wines.

Winemaker: Steven Palmer

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