Located down a rough gravel lane amid rural southern Indiana farmland just a few miles from the Ohio River, Pepper’s Ridge Winery opened its doors for business in August 2012. The sparsely furnished tasting room is a little tricky to get to but rewards visitors who find it with a casual rec room atmosphere that features modern concrete floors and fun details like a full-size canoe hanging behind the redbrick tasting bar. A pretty little covered patio off to the side offers peaceful natural views of trees and an expanse of lawn.
Tastings are free; guests can also purchase a glass of their favorite wine for $5, or a wine slushy for $7. Bottles range from $11 to $18. Pepper’s Ridge gravitates toward the sweet end of the spectrum, mostly fruit-based flavors like peach, plum, cranberry, apple, pear, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, cherry and elderberry (the vintners source heavily from local orchards and farmers). There are a few dry options, but most are still too young to have developed much depth.