Country Heritage Winery in LaOtto was started by Jeremy and Jennifer Lutter. It is set on a family farm that has been in Jeremy’s family for over 100 years. Jeremy and Jennifer began farming approximately 1600 acres of corn and soybeans. They purchased a 26 acre blueberry farm in 2001 and have since then expanded it to 30 acres. Jennifer explains that the onset of their winery came from the suggestion of fellow winemakers that they met while selling fruit. “After much research and hard work we opened Country Heritage Winery on April 29, 2011. We continue to raise 30 acres of blueberries and have since added 26 acres of grapes, 50 acres of sweet corn, 10 acres of melons and 10 acres of pumpkins. All of the produce is sold in our winery.”
The winery has been thriving since opening day. Jennifer said that, “We now employ four full-time employees and approximately 20 seasonal and part time help. Jeremy and I are both involved with all aspects of the day-to-day decisions and processes."
Did you know that Traminette is Indiana’s signature grape and wine? “Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard grows Traminette in our vineyard and produce both a sweet and dry style white wine from the grapes,” says Jennifer. In 2013, Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard’s Traminette was named Indiana’s Traminette of the year at the Indy International Wine Competition.
If you are looking for something to do this summer, plan a trip to northeastern Indiana and visit Country Heritage Winery. You can peruse the gift shop which carries local products and wine accessories, sample wine and fudge made in house, enjoy a glass or bottle of wine in their event room or under the gazebo overlooking the vineyard, or simply take a tour of the production facilities. Enjoy music or special events on the weekends. Visit their website for more details.