Pop the Cork: New Winery in Huntington County

By Corinne Rose
By Rachel Martin

August 9, 2011 Updated Aug 9, 2011 at 10:41 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Pop the cork and make a toast, a new winery is in Huntington County. Two-EE’s Winery broke ground Tuesday in a ceremony near the intersection of U.S. 24 East and 675 North in Roanoke – its future site.

Newly engaged couple, Eric Harris and Emily Hart, founded Two-EE’s Winery based off the romantic dates they has as a new couple five years ago. Eric and Emily discovered their passion for wine and winemaking through Emily’s father who makes wine in his basement.

Eric said their winery will offer something new and different. The 40-acre site will encompass two acres of exotic grapes to create wines that are different from the usual styles offered.

“Just because it says a certain grape name, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to taste a certain way. So exploring different grapes, and different styles of fruits, and what those regions, where the fruit is grown, have to offer is really what we're trying to do,” Eric said.

Emily adds, “If a customer comes in and is like, ‘do you have a merlot, do you have any cab [cabernet]?’ we can explain to them, ‘well if you like these kinds of wines we can introduce you to some different varietals that are the same style of wine,’ and they can learn something new too.”

Eric and Emily chose Huntington County for their business because they fell in love with the area. Eric’s father started a business there a while ago, and he thought they could start one also. Eric said there is a void for wineries in northeast Indiana and he knew this could help the local economy.

“Wineries are a huge tourist attraction and people will see our signs on the highway and pull in just because it’s a winery…There’s so many other things to do within the county, so I think as we bring more tourism around, I think people will start to realize the other things that may have been less popular too," Eric said.

Eric and Emily are planning a 6,000 sq. ft. facility with a 2,000 sq ft. tasting room. Along with wine they will offer artisanal cheeses, live music from local artists, and host catered events. There will also be free daily wine tastings.

“We can be open on Sundays because we are zoned agricultural, so there will always be a time where people can come in and hang out,” Eric said.

The Grand Opening for Two-EE’s Winery will be in the Spring of 2012.


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