The Event

The Indiana Wine Fair

 

The Indiana Wine Fair is the largest event featuring Indiana wines. For each of the past ten years, Indiana's vintners have descended upon the little town of Story, Indiana, on the last Saturday of April to dole out one-ounce pours of their finest rieslings, malbecs and cabernets to an appreciative audience. This year, admission into the festival area will be limited to persons at least 21 years of age. The price is $30 at the gate if you intend to imbibe ($10 if you are a designated driver). Each guest partaking in wine will receive a Story Inn keepsake wine glass.  
 

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, April 24.

On Thursday, April 24, six distinguished judges, anointed and empowered by Dr. Allen Dale ("Ole") Olson a/k/a the "Pontiff of Palate", 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 six categories: "Dry Red", "Dry White", "Sweet Red", "Sweet White", "Dessert", 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. 

The Pontiff, who is infallible in such matters, will be on hand to break any ties.
 

Other Wine Events

For twelve years, the Story Inn has been hosting monthly 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 limited to 30 pesons, by resevation 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 which is held on the last Saturday of each April at the Story Inn. In 2014, we'll be celebrating the 12th anniversary of this event.
Q:Who?
A:At least 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, April 26, 2014. Gates (and food court) open at 12:30 pm. The wineries will pour from 1-7 p.m.
Q:Where?
A:At the Story Inn, 6404 South State Road 135, Nashville, IN 47448. P.S. Please refer to one of those antique PAPER road maps for our location. Current GPS based navigation systems could take you to various locations such as Farmer Brandt's corn field, the the latest Sasquatch sighting, or somewhere in between here and a place far, far away......
Q:What else is happening?
A:On Thursday, April 24, our group of independent judges will be determining the best Indiana wines in seven 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. If you live in Bloomington, or plan to stay in Nashville, you may choose to hop onto one of the shuttle busses that we have chartered for this event. FROM NASHVILLE: We offer free shuttle service from the Nashville Courthouse at 20 E. Main in downtown Nashville. The shuttle from Nashville starts at noon and runs every 15 minutes. From BLOOMINGTON: Our Bacchus Bus offers round-trip shuttle service from the Orange Lot at the IU Stadium. Bus leaves Orange Lot at NOON. Bus leaves Story Inn's parking lot at 7:00 pm and returns to Orange Lot about 8:00 pm. Cost is $20 and tickets can be bought at the BUY TICKETS section of this Website. If you plan to drive: 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. Carpoolers get priority parking.
Q:What will it cost me?
A:General admission is $30. You can either order tickets online or purchase your ticket at the gate. We'll be limiting admission to this event to 6,000 persons. Your online ticket purchase will guarantee your admission on the day of the event. If we have the room, we'll be admitting people at the gate on the day of the event, space permitting. Designated drivers will be admitted for $10.
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 bring folding chairs and umbrellas. We are not responsible if you leave something behind.
Q:What will the Story Inn be providing?
A:The first 4,000 people admitted the general admission price will receive a free Story Inn glass keepsake.
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 Fest?
A:Yes, but dogs must be on leashes all the time 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.
Q:Can I bring a cooler?
A:No, We're sorry but you can't. State laws and liabilities abound on this issue. Last year we had patrons ignore this simple rule, and this year there will be no exceptions. But we have food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale.