10 Years to Celebrate Wine at Wildcat Creek Winery

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Rain or shine, Wildcat Creek Winery is the place to go for a glass of wine or afternoon out with friends. The family-run winery proves perfect for a quick stop on your way through Lafayette or long day off.

A few minutes off Interstate 65 in Lafayette, this hidden gem is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Its advertisements mentioning a “friendly and welcoming Hoosier farmhouse appeal” couldn’t be more true as you are instantly greeted and invited in to sample wine with names like “Prophet’s Rock” or “Aunt Millie’s” (named after owner Kathy Black’s own grandmother).

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History

Ten years ago, the owners, Kathy and Rick Black, retired and opened the winery out of their beautiful 1900s home. Every day, with the exception of Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, they offer tastings, winery tours, and a beautiful area to relax and enjoy a glass of award-winning wine. Over the years, the owners have seen and facilitated numerous occasions including marriage proposals, bachelorette parties, and seasonal wine releases.

As a growing attraction for locals and tourists, Wildcat Creek Winery uses its influence to support the community in everything they do.  They utilize Midwestern grapes and juices and support the area by selling locally produced goods in its gift shop, located inside with the tasting room.  They also partner with nearby organizations such as Lafayette Transitional Housing for fundraisers and giving back to the area.

Wine

Because it is such a small operation it is easy to imagine a quaint family run farm, but the quality of the wine is as spectacular as the location. They’ve won many awards (including 2012 Indiana Wine of the Year) and accolades from all over.  With a list of 13 wine varieties, it may be hard to pick, but they are well known for their semi-sweet Steuben and semi-dry Chambourcin.

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Tours and Tastings

Fortunately, for us non-wine experts, they are happy to explain and show how the wine is made and walk you through its history and quality.  If you’re lucky, they’ll even recommend a few of their personal favorites out of the dozen or so varietals they create with a food pairing.

Inside features an extensive gift shop and tasting room where they hold wine tastings and sell their wine along with local products. Each tasting is done with one of Wildcat Creek Winery’s trained employees, who are able to make recommendations and add snack pairings with the wines you chose.

Upon request, tours of the area explore the tasting area, outdoor gardens, winemaking, and bottling areas, as you learn how each area contributes to the winemaking process and makes the winery great. After a brief half hour tour to get a better understanding of what Wildcat Creek Winery is, guests relax at tables lining the backyard with a glass of Wildcat Creek wine.

While we might not think of Indiana as a top spot for wineries, Wildcat Creek proves us wrong with a warm atmosphere, beautiful location, and delicious wines. A visit to Wildcat Creek is more than a stop of the interstate with wine tastings, gift shop, sitting areas, and tours.

For more information about this or other events in our area, visit HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Purdue University Student, Margaret Cooper.

Weekend Update: International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Barnyard Bash and Fifth Anniversary of Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of Wildcat Creek Winery on Saturday, September 27! The winery will be releasing their newest wine, Harvest Cranberry. See exhibits and demonstrations by local artists: Ron Burgess, Mary Thomas Firestone, Deb Achgill, & Linda Elmore. Enjoy jazz by Steve Robinett Hot Three. Buy a bottle of wine, Fair Oaks cheese and crackers and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation overlooking their pretty prairie.

10384335_948118948546960_6781324216324070590_nTractor/wagon rides, face-painting, children and family games, apple cider making, hedge apple bowling, a bounce house, a food truck, an obstacle course, hiking; where can you find all of this and more?? At the 3rd Annual International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Barnyard Bash on September 28 at Wea Creek Orchard!!Not only will there be fun activities, but visitors can enjoy performances by The Tommy Sors Band and the Harrison High School Jazz Choir.
Be entertained by cooking demonstrations by Chef Rosa of Adelino’s Old World Kitchen and a special performance from the Purdue Golduster Dance Team. Best of all, the EMT Food Truck will be serving their amazing sandwiches and sides. Their Triple M sandwich is loaded with creamy Muenster, sharp cheddar spread and homemade mac n’ cheese between savory, crispy waffles- this is a must-have!

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For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.