Welcome to Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard! We are David and Michele Muir and in 2010 we opened a new farm winery in Northern Indiana with the help of our son, Nathan, and daughter-in-law, Brittany. Our winery is located 2 miles south of Bristol on State Road 15 on the Judson Fruit Farm. The farm has been in David’s family since 1852 where it began producing fruit around 1898, and we continue growing fruit to this day.
We currently have approximately 2 acres of vineyards planted and continue to expand on that. We focus primarily on newer cold hardy varieties such as Marquette and Frontenac Gris and in the spring of 2016 we are planting a new cold hardy red grape named Petite Pearl. We also grow Vignole and Traminette. Traminette has been designated as Indiana’s signature grape and is a hybrid grape that produces a wonderful white wine with pronounced aromas similar to one of it’s parents, Gewurztraminer. We also purchase grapes and juice of varieties that are not feasible to grow in our locale such as Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot etc. We also produce several fruit wines including our signature Apple wine which has cherry juice added to it to give it an extra measure of complexity and flavor.
You will be greeted warmly when you visit our winery in the scenic fruit hills of Bristol. We have an attractive, and inviting tasting room where you will have the opportunity to sample all of our different wines. You may also step outside onto our large deck, or front porch, and enjoy the view while having a glass of wine.
We believe that when one door closes another is opened. Our journey of opening this winery started in 2009 on a family trip to Mt. Dora, FL for a wedding. During our time in Mt. Dora we stopped in a boutique winery that produced wines in a small room in the back of the shop. David had just lost his job of 15 years and made the comment that maybe making wine for others is something he could do since he had been making grape and fruit wines for many years for our family.
That idea stuck with us and upon returning back to Indiana, our son, Nathan and daughter-in-law, Brittany, encouraged us to make our dream into a reality and they became an integral part of starting the winery. Our farm has been owned for generations by David’s family and we hope to be able to pass on our winery to our children and grandchildren.
We are thankful for all of our friends and family who have helped our dream come true. We invite you to come visit us and taste the simple goodness Fruit Hills Winery has to offer.
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