Whyte Horse Winery
Whyte Horse Winery
1510 S Airport Rd
Phone: (574) 583-2345
Contact: Larry Pampel
Whyte Horse Winery came to existence when a dream and a passion came together. The dream was to care for a vineyard; the passion was borne from thirty years of collecting fine wines.
In 2002, we were looking for a piece of land that had either a stream or pond and woods. We were interested in having something that our family could enjoy. On the way to dinner one evening we noticed a property that was for sale by owner. We called on the property and made an appointment to see it the next day. We were told that it already had a full-price offer. We made a backup offer and were told it would probably be of no avail. The next day we received a call during church that the owner of the property wanted to speak with us. When we called the owner back, she asked "Will you take the horse"? We had seen the horse the day before in the pasture. When questioned what she meant, she replied that she had a 25-year-old white mare that she couldn't take with her. The people with the existing offer did not want the horse but if we would take the horse with the property we could have it all. Our prayers were answered, we gladly took Molly and the deal and our journey began.
Molly became an important part of our grandchildren's lives and we all loved being at the farm. Three years later after church we headed to the farm. I teach a Sunday school class and had been teaching on Bruce Wilkinson's book, "The Secret of the Vine." As we sat on the deck and looked out at our rolling pasture, I told Connie that I wanted to plant a vineyard. I wanted to care for the vines and for the fruit. It was only natural to take the interest in the vineyard and our passion for fine wine collecting to the next level so we started looking for a site for the winery.
We approached my brother Don Pampel and his wife Denise concerning be a part of the project. Don, Denise, Connie and I were all farm kids, so it has felt like we were all returning to our roots.
When we were searching for the name of the winery, Connie came up with the name Whyte Horse for Molly - who was the reason we were able to buy the property. The land is located in White County in Indiana, so we wanted a different spelling that was more Old World, since that is also the style of wine we enjoy most.
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