Simmons Winery was opened in June of 2000. It is located on our 120 year old farm. We have 12 1/2 acres of grapes in production right now. Simmons Winery is a family run operation located near Columbus, Indiana with a wholesome family atmosphere. Our family has been selling produce for 50 years at various sites in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Hope. We started growing grapes 10 years ago and started producing our own wine in 2001. Simmons Vineyard covers 12 1/2 acres of land consisting of 8 different varieties of grapes. The first 4 acres were planted in the spring of 1998. More grapes were planted in 2002 and now an additional 2 acres in 2006.
Simmons Vineyard produced its first harvest in the fall of 2000. The estate wine include:Chardonel, Chardonel Vintner's Reserve (oaked), Vidal Blanc, and Chambourcin.
Simmons Winery hopes to have about 90% of the wine they sell produced from their own Estate grapes.
We have won many awards with our wine, and hope that you will continue your journey into our website and purchase these fine wines
The Vineyard has 4 white grape varieties and 4 red grape varieties.
Chardonel - This is an interspecific cross of Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay. It is a very productive grape ripening in mid-season with large bunches of white berries. This grape produces a fine quality dry, white wine with the potential for oak aging.
Vidal Blanc - A very productive white grape that requires a long growing season with moderate winter temperatures. A hybrid of Italy, this grape produces a very aromatic wine of very good quality.
Vignoles - This grape is a moderate producer with small compact clusters. The wines produced are of excellent quality and can be made into many different styles.
Cayuga White - One of the most productive and disease resistant white grapes grown in the Eastern U.S., this grape can be made into a medium bodied semi-sweet wine which brings out the fruit aromas.
Chambourcin - A French hybrid, this late ripening red grape requires a long growing season and moderate winter temperatures. It is very productive with large loose bunches of medium-sized blue berries. The red wine produced is very highly rated and is higher in tannins than other French-American hybrids.
Marechal Foch - The vines produce small black grapes on small tight clusters. This very early ripening grape is very winter hardy and is medium in production. Wines from this grape range from fruity, light reds to hearty, full-bodied reds.
St. Vincent - A very productive late ripening blue grape that produces a very dark juice. The wine can be blended with other red wines or oak aged for a full bodied dry red wine.
Steuben - This vine is very hardy and productive with long compact clusters of bluish-black grapes. The wine produced is used to make a semi-sweet blush wine with a spicy tang.