Owner(s): Doug Holtcamp
Winemaker: Doug Holtcamp and Jeff McCann
Open to Public
Wed-Sun 12 to 5
10868 Woliung Rd, Sunman, IN 47041
phone: (513) 602-5580
Holtkamp Winery Profile
Written by Brian—Nov 25, 2018
Indiana wineries were something of an unknown. I had long intended to spend time exploring the Hoosier State, but I had no plan of attack and I no recommendations. So I just looked for a cluster that could easily be visited in a single day and and made the drive. Maybe it was dumb luck, but I just happened to stumble across some real gems.
One of my stops was at Holtkamp Winery, which is about 30 minutes northwest of Cincinnati. A banner displayed on the side of the tasting room announced that this was the “2018 Indiana Farm Winery of the Year.” As I was walking around the side of the building, I encountered owner/winemaker Doug Holtkamp. After introductions, he led me to the tasting bar where I tasted the offerings and engaged in a lengthy conversation about the winery.
Like so many winemakers, Holtkamp started out as a hobbyist and made wine from kits. He always aspired to more and contemplated purchasing another local winery. Instead, he brought on Jeff McCann as a full time winemaker/vineyard manager. The two began planting vines in 2013.
The six acres of estate fruit consist of cold-hardy grapes like Noiret, Vidal Blanc, Cayuga, Seyval Blanc, Traminette and Steuben. There are long-term plans to produce more than the current 6000 cases. This will involve planting additional acreage and sourcing more fruit. Holtkamp imagines a future where his wines will be a common feature in stores throughout the region. Based on the quality of what I sampled, his vision will very likely become reality.
I was not interested in wines made from sourced fruit, so my introduction to the Holtkamp lineup consisted entirely of whites. This included single varietal Traminette and Chardonnay along with a couple of blends. All were balanced wines that featured bright fruit and perfect levels of acidity. Of the four I tasted, the real standout was a blend of Seyval Blanc and Cayuga. Its light floral notes were complemented by red grapefruit mid palate and bright acidity in the finish. All the wines were worthy of note, but this blend just out of the park.
Holtkamp Winery is still something of a newcomer and still a work in progress, but the wines are fabulous and we will certainly be hearing more about this winery in the future. The tasting room is only minutes from Interstate 74, so there is little excuse for not stopping by and this is one producer you need to check out. Let’s show them some love and after you visit, please let me know what you think.