4152 N Dearborn Rd, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
phone: (513) 519-8745
At the Barn Winery Profile
Written by Brian Nov 28, 2018
It is a story common among small, boutique winemakers. Don Stutz had been making wine for personal consumption and decided to try his hand at commercial production. Don and his wife Debby then began planting grapes in 2015. The nineteenth-century barn, built by Don’s great grandfather, was subsequently renovated and pressed into service as a tasting room.
Today At the Barn Winery has just two acres under vine devoted to cold-hardy varieties like Niagara, Catawba, Frontenac, Seyval Blanc, Golden Muscat, Noiret and the list goes on. At least eleven different grapes grow in the small estate vineyard. This is supplemented with Traminette from Kentucky and some California juice to make just over 1000 cases of wine annually.
The barn was built in 1820.
Owner(s): Don and Debby Stutz
Winemaker: Don Stutz
A small-batch winery.
The small-batch At the Barn wines have medaled in competitions that include the Indie International and Finger Lakes. The Concord is Don’s personal favorite, but the Peach Chardonnay is his top seller.
I tasted only a couple of the wines, but both were very well crafted. The blackberry wine was done in a dry style, but the vibrant berry notes jumped out making this a perfect summer sipper or picnic wine. The Spaghetti Red was a very nice blend of Sangiovese and Merlot that displayed rich fruit and smooth tannins. It was an approachable wine ideal even for consumers just beginning to appreciate red wine.
At the Barn Winery has a loyal local following, but they also get a lot of traffic off of Interstate 74. Indeed, they are just minutes from the interstate, so there are no excuses for not stopping in. After you have paid them a visit, please let me know your thoughts.
Open to Public
Fri 4 to 8, Sat-Sun 1 to 8
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