RESEARCH & MARKETING. The Indiana Wine Grape Council, established in 1989 by the Indiana General Assembly, seeks to enhance economic development in the state by establishing a successful wine grape industry through research and marketing development.
Since the creation of the Council in 1989, the number of Indiana wineries has increased from 9 to nearly 60. Additionally, Indiana agriculture has seen more than a 300 percent increase in wine-grape acreage since 1991.
The Council is funded through the excise tax added to wine purchases in the state of Indiana. Every gallon of wine sold in Indiana provides $0.05 for the Indiana Wine Grape Council to promote the wine and grape industry. The program provides extension specialists in enology (winemaking), viticulture (grape growing), and marketing to assist commercial and amateur grape growers and winemakers. The team of experts is located in the horticulture and food science departments at Purdue University.
The Enology group is based in the Food Science Department at Purdue University. Click here to find out what our wine specialists do in Indiana.
The marketing office is based in the Food Science Department at Purdue University. Click to find out what the marketing office provides for the Indiana wine industry.
The Viticulture group is based in the Horticulture Department at Purdue University. Click here to find out what our grape specialists do in Indiana.
The Indiana Winery and Vineyard Association (formerly the Indiana Winegrowers Guild) is comprised of grape growers, winemakers and academicians who have joined together for the mutual goal of nurturing the Indiana wine/grape industry into world class competitiveness.