The roots of French Lick Winery are buried deep in Southern Indiana. Heaven’s View Vineyard is located in Martin County on farmland owned by the family for over 100 years. The building which currently houses the winery, café and gift shop is a portion of the old Kimball Piano factory in West Baden Springs.
French Lick Winery opened for business in 1995 in the Beechwood Mansion in French Lick, just down the road from its current location. As the winery grew and began to produce more varieties, it became evident that they needed more room. In 2004 they began renovations on a spacious section of the Kimball Piano factory and in 2005 they opened French Lick Winery along with the Vintage Café, and large gift shop. Large glass windows line one wall and allow for comfortable viewing of the production area.
The tasting bar is a prominent feature in the building. Trained wine servers lead guests through the expansive list of over 30 different wines, ranging from dry to sweet, fortified and carbonated (bubbly). The majority of the tastings are complimentary, as they have been since the winery opened.
Vintage Café is a casual dining, Italian restaurant that serves pizzas, pastas, salads, breads and desserts. In their desire to make a quality product, the Doty’s researched and tested recipes to ensure they would be both appetizing and unique. Their signature pizza dough is made from a starter that was brought over from Naples, Italy, the birthplace of pizza over 200 years ago. The marinara sauce is a family recipe and the alfredo sauce is made one pan at a time.
The Gift Shop
The Gift Shop carries wine, wine accessories, winery logo items such as apparel, wine glasses and ornaments. Additionally there is a selection of gourmet food, including locally made artisan cheeses, pretzels and cookies. There is also a seasonal, rotating display reserved for local artists or community groups with items for sale to benefit the local community.