Indiana wine festival pays homage to Swiss roots

Vevay, Ind., hosts an annual Swiss Wine Festival that pays homage to the area's winemaking roots.
(Michael Tercha / Chicago Tribune 2011)
Chicago Tribune

If a wine trip to Switzerland isn’t in the cards this summer, how about a road trip to southeastern Indiana?

The annual Swiss Wine Festival takes place Aug. 25-28 in the town of Vevay, where an immigrant winemaker from the similarly spelled Vevey, Switzerland, began planting vines in the early 19th century.

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Well over a century later, the Swiss Wine Festival was born. Started in 1968, the four-day event pays homage to Switzerland County’s deeply rooted winemaking and European heritage. The lineup includes grape stomping competitions, Swiss polka dancers and a wine pavilion, where you can sample local wines while drinking in views of the Ohio River.


Fret not, beer lovers. The fest also features a beer garden and the Budweiser Clydesdales, as well as fireworks, live music, a parade, riverboat cruises and more;