Shady Creek Winery celebrated a grand reopening after a multi-million dollar expansion under new ownership.
The Schwartz family purchased the 20-acre winery and tasting room at 2030 Tryon Road in Michigan City and invested $2.5 million in an expansion that more than sevenfold production capacity.
A number of dignitaries were in attendance for a grand opening celebration on Saturday, including owners JT and Jenna Schwartz, Michigan City Chamber of Commerce President Katie Eaton, Mayor Duane Parry and Michigan Economic Development Chairman City, Clarence Hulse.
“The Shady Creek Winery expansion is an exciting new project that will transform the wine industry in our region,” said Hulse. “The Schartz family is creating a Midwest destination for locals and tourists alike and we welcome this new addition to our roster of amenities. Michigan City is proud to be home to such a great place.”
The winery produces a number of varietals including whites, dry reds, sparkling and sweet wines that are shipped to 37 states nationwide. It imports grapes from California and Michigan for its award-winning wines, which have won honors from the Indy International Wine Competition and TripAdvisor.
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Shady Creek Winery has increased production capacity from 2,000 gallons per year to 15,000 gallons per year. He expanded the barrel room so it could grow from aging 420 gallons of wine per year to 8,280 gallons of wine per year.
“We’re really excited about the investment in the community and the destination they’ve created not only for residents, but for people outside the area as well,” Eaton said.
He has carried out several renovations inside and out.
“They renovated the tasting room, the retail area and the outdoor space,” Eaton said. “There is a unique atmosphere in each one. The retail space alone is completely different.”
Given its proximity to the shore of Lake Michigan, wines from Shady Creek often have beach themes, such as White Caps, Sandy Feet, Rip Tide Red, and Beach Glass White.
Nestled in a bucolic setting, the estate also serves charcuterie, cheese plates, baked Brie and flatbreads in a refined environment with fireplaces, local art and live music on Sundays.
For more information, call 219-874-9463 or visit www.shadycreekwinery.com.