The Event

The Indiana Wine Fair 

The Indiana Wine Fair® is one of Indiana's oldest and largest public wine events.  For each of the past sixteen years, Indiana's vintners have descended upon the little town of Story, Indiana to dole out one-ounce pours of their finest rieslings, malbecs and cabernets to an appreciative audience. Admission into the festival area will be limited to persons at least 21 years of age (sorry, no babies!). Tickets will be pre-sale ONLY if you intend to drink ($10 if you are a designated driver). Please click to buy tickets online for current ticket prices and promotions. Please note, you will not be able to purchase tickets at the gate the day of the event this year. All attendees will receive a Story Inn keepsake wine glass and tote bag.
 

The Story Inn

The Story Inn® and the town of Story, Indiana, are one and the same.  The town was founded with the grant of a land patent from President Millard Fillmore to Dr. George Story in 1851.  In its early days, Story was a logging community, and as the old growth forest began to disappear, the residents took up farming.  Today, the town looks much as it did in the late 19th century.  The old General Store building, which sits at the core of this little town, is now one of Indiana's most celebrated restaurants.  The cottages clustered about town have been converted into overnight accommodations, as well as facilities for weddings and special events.  The Story Inn® is one of Indiana's true historic treasures. 

Wine Judging Thursday, May 10th.

On Thursday, May 10th, our distinguished judges will convene in the Old Mill building to conduct a blind tasting of upwards of 200 wines.  It will be their delicious task to select the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in each of the following eight categories: "Dry Red", "Dry White", "Sweet Red", "Sweet White", "Dessert", "Sparkling" , "Blush" and "Non-Grape/Non-Traditional".  We'll be announcing the medalists that evening, on this website and at www.storyinn.com.  The wine which obtains the highest cumulative point total (regardless of category) will receive an additional award, the "Best of Show", and will have bragging rights to being the best wine produced in the Hoosier state. We'll be awarding another Gold, regardless of category, to the highest point wine if the fruit is Indiana grown. Thus, theoretically, it is possible for one wine to clinch three gold medals. 

2017 Wine Competition Results

 

Other Wine Events

For sixteen years, the Story Inn® has been hosting wine dinners.  These events typically feature a grape, winery, region or special event (i.e., the release of Beaujolais Nouveau), and is a means by which we build our venerable wine list. Each wine is expertly paired with food, much of it locally sourced or harvested.  Seating at these events is typically limited to 30 persons, by reservation only.  Visit www.storyinn.com for more details and to book your table or room.     

Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What is the Indiana Wine Fair?
A:The Indiana Wine Fair is a wine festival held every year at Story Inn in Nashville, IN. In 2018, we'll be celebrating the 16th anniversary of this event.
Q:Who?
A:About 30 of Indiana's finest wineries.
Q:Doing what?
A:Doling out one-ounce pours to an appreciative audience, selling wines by the glass for consumption onsite, and bottles for carry-out. It's a great chance for you to build up your wine cellar!
Q:When?
A:Saturday, May 12, 2018. Gates (and food court) open at 1:00pm. The wineries will pour from 1-7 p.m.
Q:Where?
A:At the Story Inn, 6404 South State Road 135, Nashville, IN 47408.
Q:What else is happening?
A:On Thursday, May 10th, our group of independent judges will be determining the best Indiana wines in 9 categories. We'll be announcing the results of judging on Thursday evening, on this website.
Q:How can I get there?
A:Unless you have a helicopter or a horse, you must arrive by motorized vehicle. FROM NASHVILLE: The Story Inn is located 13 miles south of Nashville on State Road 135, in southern Brown County. It is a 30 minute drive from Columbus, a 45 minute drive from Bloomington, a 75 minute drive from Indianapolis, and a 90 minute drive from Cincinnati and Louisville. Parking is free. However, you may be parking on property not owned by Story Inn. Therefore, we aren't liable for any parking issues.
Q:What will it cost me?
A:Your online ticket purchase will guarantee your admission on the day of the event. Designated drivers will be admitted for $10. Please click links to purchase tickets online to see our current ticket prices and promotions.
Q:What should I bring?
A:Make sure you have a picture ID that proves that you are at least 21 years of age. NO ONE UNDER 21 MAY ENTER THE FESTIVAL PREMISES. Also, some guests may wish to bring folding chairs and umbrellas. We are not responsible if you leave something behind. PLEASE DO NOT BRING POP-UP TENTS!
Q:What will the Story Inn be providing?
A:All patrons will receive a free Story Inn wine glass keepsake, Story tote bag, map of the grounds and wristband for event entry.
Q:What will the Story Inn NOT be providing?
A:Bail money. Don't drink and drive.
Q:Can I bring my dog to the Indiana Wine Fair?
A:Yes, but dogs must be on leashes at all times and we ask you, no beg you, to bring along a pooper scooper and waste bags for any doggie deposits made that day.
Q:What happens if it rains?
A:All tasting will occur under cover, and the event will go on, rain or shine. We would also purchase a 40x60ft tent for the middle of the field for all patrons to sit under and keep dry.
Q:Can I bring a cooler?
A:No outside food or beverages will be allowed on the festival grounds. But we will have food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale along with local food trucks.
Q:Will Story Inn be providing shuttles?
A:Please come back for updated shuttle information for the 2018 event.