Open since May 2011, Monkey Hollow Winery is still a relatively new addition to the Indiana wine scene but has made an impressive showing in just two short years, even going so far as to snag an award for Indiana-Made Traminette of the Year (honoring Indiana’s signature wine and grape).
Way out in rural farmland just south of the tiny town of Saint Meinrad, the winery grounds take in 7 acres of vineyards and an airy rustic barnlike tasting room. An ideal spot to sit and sip during nice weather, a small patio off the side of the building overlooks a pretty little pond.
Monkey Hollow focuses on wines using French hybrid grapes like the Traminette, Vignoles and Chardonel, plus a few American vines such as Concord and Catawba. The best sellers are the Chambourcin, a dry fruity red, and the Pasture Red, a sweet Concord grape variety (most bottles range between $12 and $20). Tastings are free, and visitors can sample up to six wines. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.