We are very excited to announce that we are adding a winery and vineyard to the property at Indian Bear Lodge! The winery will include a state of the art wine production facility, a rustic and cozy tasting room and lounge featuring a large stone fireplace and incredible views of the vineyard, lake and lodge property. Private and semi-private space will also be available for special events.
Guests will enjoy a variety of wine styles including estate bottled Ohio varietals, sweet and semi-sweet fruit wine, and full bodied classic red and white selections all produced on site.
Our wine bar will offer a light food menu to complement our wines. The winery will feature indoor and outdoor seating, and be a premier destination for both guests staying at the lodge, as well as wine lovers across Ohio. We are proud to be the only operating winery in Knox County.
We are partnering in this venture with award winning winemaker Joe Hollabaugh, who will be responsible for the production of wine at the facility. Joe was the head winemaker at a Northeast Ohio winery where he earned bronze, silver, and gold medals at Ohio and international wine competitions for his handcrafted wines. In addition, he is currently a partner in the private wine label of former lightweight boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini – Southpaw. Joe also continues to work with a small, specialty wholesale grape and wine juice company – Yankee Lake Wine Company. Joe is very excited to build the winemaking operation at Indian Bear Winery, lead cellar tours, pour wine (and maybe drink a little!) while sharing his passion and love of wine with you.
Please stay tuned for pictures and updates as we move forward with this new venture!