Vintage Indiana festival offers taste of award-winning wines

May 11, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The fruits of the Indiana wine industry will be showcased at the 16th annual Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival from noon to 6 p.m. on June 6 at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis.

More than 300 wines from nearly 30 award-winning Indiana wineries will be available to sample and buy by the bottle or case in the state's biggest celebration of Hoosier wines.

The event will also feature cuisine from popular restaurants and food trucks and a variety of items from local artisans. Festivalgoers can learn the art of pairing wine and food during demonstrations at the pavilion stage and enjoy the music of Indy favorites Zanna-Doo, Living Proof and Jennie DeVoe.

The festival is limited to adults 21 and older. Guests must provide identification to enter.

Advance tickets are available for $25 at participating wineries, Marsh supermarkets and online. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $35. Designated drivers can attend for $10 and will be provided with unlimited water and soft drinks for free. Early admission tickets, priced at $50, will allow festivalgoers to enter and buy wines at 11 a.m., an hour before the official opening.

A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Dots in Blue Water, a northern Indiana organization that provides clean drinking water to Haiti and other developing countries.

"This year's Vintage Indiana festival not only will be a fabulous day of outstanding wines, great food and wonderful entertainment but also provide the opportunity to ensure a most basic need to people in Haiti and other countries," said Jeanette Merritt, marketing director for the Purdue Wine Grape Team and director of the event.

Vintage Indiana raised $10,000 for Dots in Blue Water at last year's event.

The event will be at 601 W. New York St. Parking is available at nearby Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis lots and in downtown lots and garages near Military Park.

The JW Marriott, within walking distance of the festival grounds, is offering a Vintage Indiana Weekend Package that includes two tickets and discounted room rates.

Vintage Indiana is presented by Indiana Wines, based at Purdue University.

More information about the festival is available at

Writer: Sally Bonneau, 317-846-8965,

Source: Jeanette Merritt, 765-496-3842,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
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