One of the biggest reasons I have such a deep-seeded passion for the agriculture industry is because of how wide and vast it is and how many different sectors of which it is comprised.

Indiana’s agriculture industry does an excellent job of showcasing this, and even though Indiana isn’t a very large state, it ranks 10th overall statistically in terms of strongest agriculture states in the nation.

Throughout my years as an agricultural writer, I have had the opportunity to experience many of Indiana’s different agricultural opportunities up close and personal.

Over the past few weeks, I have been learning more about Indiana’s vast wine grape industry and the vibrant culture behind the 116 wineries located throughout the state. This week, I toured Urban Vines, which is a young winery and brewery located in Westfield.

Although it has not even been open quite two years yet, this winery ran by Noah Herron already has experienced huge success, partly since it’s the first and only winery in Westfield.

Last year alone, nearly 50,000 people came to visit the operation, tasting one of Urban Vines wines or beers and walking the landscape and enjoying the scenery.

Although they have had to import skins, juice and grapes for the first few years to make their wines, Noah said that last year they planted two acres of their own grapes and by 2020 they will be ready to harvest and used to make wine.

Young, successful agricultural operations like Urban Vines are perfect opportunities for the public to be introduced to the agriculture industry.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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