Carpenter Creek Cellars is the full realization of two dreams: Ed Courtright wanted to grow grapes in northern Indiana to supply wineries in the area, and Randy Rottler hoped to start a small winery. After meeting and discussing some preliminary business ideas, Randy and Ed created a dynamic partnership, starting a small winery and vineyard. Carpenter Creek Cellars began construction in late 2011, opening to the public on March 23, 2013.
Ed’s first grapes were planted in 2002, with the help of his son Byron (these grapes are now known as “Byron’s Vineyard”). The “Big Vineyard” (1.1 acres of Traminette) followed Byron’s Vineyard in March 2012. With vineyards taking root (and plans for more acreage as the winery progresses) and a restored 1919 barn with great growth potential, we desire to share our passion for fine wines and good times with northwestern Indiana and our out-of-town visitors.
Come and visit us – we offer free daily tastings, weekend tours, music events, and plenty of Midwestern hospitality.