Farm fresh wine

Stream Cliff Herb Farm
opens new winery on its premises

Farm opens for season in April

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

COMMISKEY, Ind. (April 2007) – Visitors to Stream Cliff Herb Farm in Commiskey, Ind., this year will be able to sample and purchase wine made right on the premises. Owners Gerald and Betty Manning in late March opened a new winery in the old blacksmith shop on the farm, which dates to 1821.

Betty Manning

File photo

Betty Manning says the new winery will
have a horse-centered theme since it is
located in the former blacksmith shop.

The room itself has been dubbed General Morgan’s Tasting Room because during the Civil War thousands of Confederate Gen. John Morgan’s Raiders came on horseback to the farm as they raced across southern Indiana with a Union cavalry hot on their tails.
“We have had 30 years of a good farm business, and with our other interests in gourmet cooking, herbs and flowers, it seemed just natural to add in the new winery,” Betty Manning said.
She said the idea to open a winery on the farm came after her Gerald was told by his cardiologist to exercise and drink a glass of red wine each evening. He began to research wine making, and so at that point they decided to start their own winery.
“It took years of preparation, paperwork and permits, but the winery is now up and running,” Betty said.
Stream Cliff Farm Winery will have a horse-centered theme, since it is located in the old blacksmith store. Each wine has a horse name and label. Some of the names include, “Sippin’ White,” “Sippin’ Red,” “Thunder Hooves,” “Sweet Scarlet,” “Daisy’s Delight,” “Golden Gallop” and “Spotted Horse.” Betty said on opening day, it was wine the Mannings’ granddaughter called “Pink Pig” that turned out to be the most popular.
Ten wines produced on the farm were introduced on opening day, but eventually there will be 12 at the winery, she said.
When visitors arrive at Stream Cliff Herb Farm, they will find a historic farmstead on hilly grounds with an 80-foot cliff along Graham Creek.
Many of the buildings on the grounds are original historic buildings, including the Keeping Room, the Country Store, Cabin and Summer Kitchen shops and the barns.
There are several beautiful gardens for strolling through, including a Sanctuary Garden and a Butterfly Garden. There are a variety of classes offered at Stream Cliff Herb Farm and several annual events.
In April, the farm will hold several events as it kicks off the 2007 season. Visit their website to view their upcoming events.

• For more information, call Stream Cliff Farm at (812) 346-5859 or visit: www.streamclifffarm.com.

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