Indiana Wine Trail hosts Souper Saturday
Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:00 AM
Southeastern Indiana wineries will dish out their finest soups to accompany their signature wines Saturday for those looking for a break from the cold winter.
Madison Vineyards Estate Winery
1456 E. 400-N
Saturday hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
123 Mill Street
Saturday hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ridge Winery
298 State Road 156, Vevay
Saturday hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ertel Cellars Winery
3794 E. 1100-N, Batesville
Saturday hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Stream Cliff Farm Winery
8225 S. 90-W, Commiskey
Saturday hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thomas Family Winery
208 E. Second St.
Saturday hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Each winery on the Indiana Wine Trail will offer a different soup for the third annual "Souper Saturday," which invites patrons for a self-guided tour of the wine trail.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but locations will still recognize regular Saturday business hours.
The Indiana Wine Trail features six stops in Jefferson, Switzerland and Ripley counties. The list includes Lanthier Winery, Thomas Family Winery and Madison Vineyard Estates Winery in Madison, Stream Cliff Farm Winery in Commiskey, Ertel Cellars Winery in Batesville and The Ridge Winery in Vevay.
Madison Vineyards will feature Zuppa al Toscana, a sausage, potato and wine soup. Stream Cliff Farms will offer a rosemary chicken soup.
Ridge Winery will feature broccoli cheese soup. Mock turtle soup, a chicken twist on the French classic, will be served at Thomas Family Winery. Lanthier Winery will feature a southwestern tomato soup, and Ertel Cellars will offer spinach clam chowder.
Steve Thomas, owner of Thomas Family Winery, said the event was started by the wineries as "an excuse to get everybody out of the cabin."
"It can be awfully lonely and dreary in February," he said.
While the weather was much warmer last year, Thomas said the event still drew a strong crowd.
The event also allows the wineries to showcase their specialities and originality. Thomas said each location has very different practices and approaches to the business.
"It's gives us a chance to show off a little bit," he said.
On April 20 and 21, the Indiana Wine Trail locations will host "Spring into the Valley," a celebration of wine, bread and cheese, warm weather, green leaves and beautiful flowers.
You can contact all the wineries, Visitor Bureau partners on the trail, or check in at www.indianawinetrail.com for more details.