small beginnings ...great wine
  • Grape Selection is Key | We've got great soil and climate for growing grapes. So, what varieties of grapes to choose? Grape Selection is Key | We've got great soil and climate for growing grapes. So, what varieties of grapes to choose? We've got great soil and climate for growing grapes. So, what varieties of grapes to choose?
  • Sugar Creek Winery Aerial View | Looks like all of our hard work is starting to pay off... Sugar Creek Winery Aerial View | Looks like all of our hard work is starting to pay off... Looks like all of our hard work is starting to pay off...
  • New Grapes on the Vine! | Can't wait to see them change color! New Grapes on the Vine! | Can't wait to see them change color!
  • Black rot and birds were formidable challenges, but the Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery team bounced back. Black rot and birds were formidable challenges, but the Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery team bounced back.
  • Veraision began in mid-July. Veraision is the term meaning “the onset of ripening”. Veraision began in mid-July. Veraision is the term meaning “the onset of ripening”.
  • 2015 Harvest Crew 2015 Harvest Crew
  • Great Wine in the Making | Multiple Awards in 2015! Great Wine in the Making | Multiple Awards in 2015! Great Wine in the Making | Multiple Awards in 2015!
  • 52 gallon American Oak Barrels 52 gallon American Oak Barrels After racking the Marquette went into one 52 gallon American Oak barrel with medium toast on September 30.
from humble beginnings comes
a great little winery

How it all got started

A little dinner, a little wine, lots of laughter with good friends and the next thing you know... Sugar Creek Winery is more than just a random musing.

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What's happening now

2015 Summer Harvest & Cellar Work

As the summer progressed, rainfall in June and July created havoc for us. At the end of June, the year-to-date rainfall total was 21.13 inches, slightly higher than the average of 21.08 inches although June 2015 rainfall did crack the all time top ten. But if that was not bad enough, July’s rain made history mainly concentrated in central Indiana. Total rainfall in Montgomery County measured over 13 inches, passing the record set in 1875. While the amount was staggering it was exacerbated by the frequency of the rain. We had been spraying prophalactically earlier in the summer with good success. However, in order to stay ahead of a potential black rot occurrence, we needed to be spraying almost constantly. But when June and then July hit, there was not adequate time between rain episodes to be effective. That is, for a period of over 7 days, there was not a time period dry enough to spray or stayed dry enough to not wash off the spray. Black rot only needs 7-10 hours at 70°F to start. So black rot got the Marquette again and to a lesser extent the Chambourcin. At harvest, we estimated black rot cost us over a ton of Marquette and at least ½ ton of Chambourcin.



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Photo Journal

Check out our photo journal and see all the changes that are happening.

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2015 Harvest & Cellar Work

Summer 2014 – Spring 2015

2012 Planting Begins!

Get all the details here or visit our gallery and take a photo tour.

Check out our 2015 Awards!

 

Follow us as we start a winery from scratch!

Wine Tech

Don't think that wineries are high tech? Think again, there's a lot that goes into creating a great wine, from the right soil, choosing the right casks, keeping things at the right temperature, and creating flavors, all the way to the final product.

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Starting a Winery

So you think you want to start a winery? What comes next?

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Gallery

Check out our photo journal and follow us on our journey as we build Sugar Creek Winery from the ground up!

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