As we’ve discovered on previous episodes of At Home in Bloomington, some of the best ideas start in a garage or barn. Oliver Winery began as a backyard hobby of Indiana University law professor William Oliver and as most good ideas do, quickly outgrew the barn (sound familiar, Switchyard Brewery?). Professor Oliver was instrumental in passing legislation allowing for the creation of small wineries in Indiana and opened the door for breweries and wineries to sell and serve their craft beverages on site. The Indiana Small Winery Act passed in 1971, and Oliver Winery opened in 1972. Today, Oliver is the state’s oldest and largest winery, with over 450,000 cases of wine distributed per year (that’s over 1.1 million gallons of wine). On this episode, we’re joined by Assistant Events Manager, Dee Peters, and Tasting Room Sales Manager, Ben Smith. We learn that you don’t need to know squat about wine to enjoy a tasting at their beautiful winery and that their Creekbend Crimson Cabernet is a delicious treat for a Thursday afternoon! We are doing our part to make a dent in the 1.1 million gallons. So grab a glass and join us!
Also, we throw back to At Home in Bloomington Episode 37, Dillman Farm. Another local gem that started in a garage. Head over to Oliver Winery, grab a bottle of wine and some Dillman Farm snacks (you can buy them at Oliver!). You can hang out right there, enjoy the gorgeous property and locally produced snacks and libations! And in our REAL-List segment, home inspections aren’t required and there’s no pass or fail. So what role does a home inspection play in the home buying/selling process? Listen and find out.