How’s life? Are you getting enough wine this summer? Is there ever enough wine in the summer? I had to look back through my archives to see if I had already written about Daniel’s Vineyard and I HAVE NOT! I went the first week it officially opened last summer, snapped an Instagram pic (are you following me on Instagram??), and then went about my business. I didn’t think much of it until I was invited to visit again as part of the Indy Blog Society. I was so glad that I made a second trip because they have really grown and expanded since my last visit. I had such a lovely Saturday last week visiting the vineyard and I want to tell you all about it. Also, I’ve been told that my reviews are usually slanted towards the negative side, so I’m excited to share about somewhere that I actually enjoyed and would return.
First of all, Daniel’s Vineyard is in McCordsville, which is right by Geist and only about 20 minutes from my house (very close!). Indiana has MANY wineries, but it’s hard for them to actually be IN the city since they need lots of land and room to grow for grapes and such. Daniel’s Vineyard is family-owned and operated and got started after the owners were inspired to grow some grapes on their property. About seven years later, the grapes were mature enough to make wine, so they built a huge tasting room/event space/patio next to the vineyard and invited people to come over to try their wine!
The folks at Daniel’s have really thought of everything: live music, wood-grilled pizzas, lawn games, bocce ball courts, ballroom, shopping area, and MORE! They have a gorgeous event space perfectly designed for weddings with outdoor and indoor ceremony options along with a gorgeous bridal suite, band stage, and catering rooms. I got to go on a whole tour of the property and was amazed by how many details were thought of and included. I need someone to have a big party there now because I want to dance under the patio lights and drink wine on the balcony.
You don’t need a fancy event to bring you to Daniel’s, though, as most of the people were there to have a wine tasting, buy a bottle, eat some snacks, and enjoy the fresh air while taking in the live music. I felt so relaxed surrounded by nature and happy families who were out and about on a perfect summer day. I was very spoiled by the folks at Daniel’s and they let me try their Baked Brie ($12.99) and S’mores Dip ($8.99). I also tried four different wines during a tasting ($5) and ended up with a seasonal wine slushee ($8). On another day, I’ll definitely want to go back and try their breadsticks, pulled pork, and charcuterie options. They also offer sangria, beer, and soft drink options.
I think I usually categorize wineries as a “stop” on my way to other things, but Daniel’s Vineyard is definitely a “destination.” You can relax and spend a whole afternoon here without even needing to look at your phone or plan your next activity. I received excellent service and was pleasantly surprised with the fast-moving line on such a busy day. They also have a whole calendar of fun events, like painting nights and comedians and bingo. Bring your girlfriends, bring your spouse, and bring your family. And maybe plan a party so I can come.
What’s your favorite Indiana winery?
9061 N. Carroll Road
McCordsville, IN 46055
Thursday & Friday: 3pm-9pm