10 places to celebrate national wine day

Mavens who love wine will love this round up.
People clinking their wine glasses

Whether you enjoy a full-bodied Cabernet, a sweet Moscato or a classic Rosé, Mavens 21 and older will want to uncork this list of wineries, vineyards, and local restaurants to spend May 25, also known as National Wine Day, around Indianapolis and surrounding areas.

Easley — 205 N. College Ave.

Founded in 1974, Easley Winery in Downtown Indianapolis has grown into an urban wine campus complete with a picturesque outdoor wine garden with a waterfall and view of the city’s skyline. Easley is open seven days a week from noon to 5 p.m. and is the only winery in Indiana allowed to make Indiana Champagne — thanks to a treaty with France, they are grandfathered in. Owner Meredith Easley is offering tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for National Wine Day on May 25 in addition to a selection of premium sweet to dry wines and Reggae wine flights for seven for $7.

Enoteca at Goose the Market — 2503 N Delaware St.

Goose the Market’s quaint downstairs wine cellar Enoteca is no secret to Hoosier wine lovers, and with their Wine of the Month Club, bottles are guaranteed to be distinctive and paired perfectly with seasonal goods off Goose’s shelves. Club members also receive wine-paired recipes, tasting notes and rotating discounts for Goose’s classes, events, holidays and more. Goose is offering walk-in “mix & match” wine discounts for full-size wine bottles, and on National Wine Day, those who sign up for the membership will receive a $10 gift card to Goose the Market.

LouVino — 530 Massachusetts Ave., #140

The Southern-Inspired restaurant and wine bar LouVino is celebrating the special day at its Mass Ave location with half off all retail bottle sales of $100 or more. Guests are also welcomed to try any five wine samples for $10 and $1 for each additional sample. If you’re celebrating early, LouVino is open for lunch with a delightful menu curated to pair with any of their wine selections. LouVino’s May wine flight includes three Tempranillos from Beronia Winery Rioja, Spain — which features Beronia Rioja Crianza, Beronia Rioja Reserva and Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva — and is available during lunch and dinner services.

Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro — 50 W. Washington St.

This family-owned wine bar and bistro has been offering more than 100 wines by the glass or “by the taste” to Indy wine aficionados since 2009. Guests get to “travel” to different regions around the world through tasting and comparing various diverse wine selections. For those looking for a different type of — or non-alcoholic — treat, Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro features an in-house mixologist with a wealth of knowledge on the history of spirits and origins of cocktails. Tastings are open 3-10 p.m. May 25. 

Loren’s Alcohol-Free Beverages — 5790 E. Main St., Carmel, IN

For a non-alcoholic way to celebrate National Wine Day, Loren’s Alcohol-Free Beverages has you covered! Loren’s AF specializes in a vast selection of alcohol-removed wines from established wineries in California, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain. They also feature a collection of wine composites such as Proxies, NON, and TÖST — which are made from any combination of tart grape juice, tea, bitters, vinegar, herbs and spices — that aim to mimic the wine-drinking experience. On May 25, from 11 a. m. to 7 p.m., Loren’s AF will serve up samples of Sauvignon Blanc, Red Blend and Sparkling Rosé from the woman-owned brand Starla Alcohol-Removed Premium Wines.

Just Pop In! — 6406 Cornell Ave.

Just Pop In! might not be your first thought when it comes to celebrating National Wine Day, but don’t count them out! Owners and twin sisters Carly Swift and Mandy Selke are offering a delightful flight trio of wine and their signature gourmet popcorn for $15 on May 25 for anyone who stops by their cozy and colorful storefront in Broad Ripple. Pairings include Prosecco (Montefresco) + Beer Cheese Popcorn, Pinot Noir (Pike Road) + Indy Style Popcorn (cheese & caramel) and Cabernet (Thomas Goss) + Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Popcorn.

Foyt Wine Vault — 1182 N. Main St., Speedway, IN

Located in the historic Speedway, Foyt Wine Vault Indy, of the Foyt Wine Collective, presents a stunning collection of award-winning wines from Napa and Sonoma as well as local craft brews and a selection of food to enjoy in a casual modern dining setting. Foyt also offers a signature Fast Six Tasting, which highlights six collectible wines in a flight. For National Wine Day, Foyt is giving a complimentary wine glass to guests who sign up for their wine membership during the month of May.

Ocean’s Prime — 8555 River Road, Suite #100

If a winery or vineyard is not quite what you’re looking for, don’t worry! Ocean’s Prime — just east of the Fashion Mall at Keystone — is serving up a more casual dining experience to celebrate National Wine Day. A comprehensive wine list featuring classic Italian and Spanish Reds, Blends and as well as German, French and New Zealand Whites paired with a vibrant seafood menu, makes Ocean’s Prime a wonderful destination for those looking to turn National Wine Day into a refreshing date night.

Daniel’s Vineyard — 9061 N. 700 W, McCordsville, IN

Nestled in McCordsville, Indiana, Daniel’s Family Vineyard and Winery is a full-production winery with a private Cellar Club with exclusive events and benefits. The vineyard and winery are family and pet friendly, specializing in award-winning wines, cuisine and live entertainment in addition to a diversity of weekly and monthly events. On May 25 at 6 p.m., guests can enjoy complimentary tastings of upcoming summer wines, including two new can flavors: blackberry and peach.

Peace Water Winery — 747 N. College Ave.

Indiana’s only locally-owned California winery, Peace Water Winery takes pride in their handcrafted wines hailing from the heart of Napa Valley. Peace Water’s featured wine selection includes 21 Windows Red and Wishful White as part of their Storybook Wines collection. Guests are welcome to join their monthly wine club or “Peace Posse” to receive up to two bottles of wine a month, a 10% discount on all in-store and online purchases, premiere access to discounts on new releases, limited bottlings and library wines, as well as invitations to quarterly “Peace Posse” parties.

Chloe McGowan is a dedicated plant parent, herbal tea lover and avid soy candle burner. She’s still “kinda new” to Indianapolis and a contributor for Indy Maven. Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.

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